Play Your Way to Health
by Jack Lund
Apr 12, 2011 | 8001 views | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two out of five New York City children in kindergarten through the eighth grade were found to be overweight or obese (more than 12 percent higher than the national average, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This means that our kids are at risk for developing chronic adult diseases, such as high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Lifestyles that include regular physical activity and healthy eating can lower kids’ chances of becoming obese or overweight and developing chronic diseases. As a leading nonprofit strengthening community through healthy living, the YMCA believes that getting kids more active and allowing them to play leads to a healthier lifestyle.

We know that many parents struggle to find the time and resources to incorporate physical activity and healthy habits into their kids’ daily routine. So, we’re holding the 20th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Da to celebrate and teach good health for kids and their parents, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.

On April 16, the YMCA invites families throughout the five boroughs and the tri-state region to come to their neighborhood Y for a play date. Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families and is the largest event of its kind in the nation and is happening at nearly 1,600 Y's across the country, with fun family activities and opportunities to learn how to incorporate healthier habits at home. Find your local Y at or

The scourge of childhood obesity is an issue the YMCA is committed to tackling in each of the communities we serve and we‘ve been growing and adapting our services in each area in order to meet emerging needs in the city. We know it’s not always easy to make healthy choices, and that’s why Healthy Kids Day is so important.

At our events, families will learn that it doesn’t take extra money or resources to live healthier. All it takes is planning, commitment and spending time together. We encourage the whole community to join us for Healthy Kids Day. By helping families get on track to healthier living, we can significantly improve the health and well-being of kids, one play date at a time.

Jack Lund is president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York.

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