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Healthy Kids Day returns to YMCA April 26

Josiah Frank and Jessica Callagan practiced competitive cup-stacking at the Marysville YMCA during one of its previous Healthy Kids Days. - File photo.
Josiah Frank and Jessica Callagan practiced competitive cup-stacking at the Marysville YMCA during one of its previous Healthy Kids Days.
— image credit: File photo.

MARYSVILLE — On Saturday, April 26, the Marysville YMCA will again join all four other Snohomish County YMCAs in celebrating Healthy Kids Day, with a free community event designed to help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities, to improve their health and well-being.

As part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening the community by addressing critical gaps in health and education, Healthy Kids Day will encourage kids and parents to commit to keeping their bodies and minds active, now and throughout the summer.

Healthy Kids Day is the nation’s largest health day for kids, and local families can help the YMCA of Snohomish County in its bid to get a county-wide record number of families moving and active, at the same time, in all of its branches. The Y will have instructor-led activities ongoing for the full three hours.

“At YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day we’re focusing on health and education to ensure that fewer children are at an increased risk for childhood obesity, and that more children succeed in school,” said Scott Washburn, president and CEO of the YMCA of Snohomish County. “We know that, during summer, research shows that kids are more likely to gain weight, and fall behind academically, than during the school year. Healthy Kids Day is not just a single day of fun, active play and learning. It’s a kickoff to helping parents get a jump on creating a healthier summer.”

Healthy Kids Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marysville YMCA, located at 6420 60th Dr. NE. For more information, call 360-653-9622 or log onto www.ymca-snoco.org/hkd.

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