The Lawton Family YMCA will hold Healthy Kids Day, a community event free and open to the public with the mission to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active during the summertime.

The Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, vendors, healthy snack demonstrations, and ideas to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

According to a statement given by Sue White, CEO of the Lawton Family Y:

One in three U.S. children is obese, and when summertime hits, kids will be more idle. Research shows  that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will help parents begin thinking early about what their kids need to grow and achieve all summer long.

 

The event will be held on Saturday, April 26 and will start at 11 a.m. and last until 1 p.m. at the Lawton Family YMCA. There is a Family Hip Hop and Pop class scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m., and seminar on 'How to be a healthy kid' is scheduled to begin at noon.