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YMCA to host health day for children, families


Special to The Dispatch



The Frank Phillips YMCA presents "YMCA Healthy Kids Day", sponsored by the Columbus Kiwanis Club. From 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 30, the downtown YMCA will present the nation''s largest health day for children and families, featuring activities to promote wellness and healthy living.  


Activities will be held both inside and outside at the downtown Y. The event is free and open to the public.  


"Everybody in the community is invited", said Barbara Bigelow, YMCA director of community relations. "Healthy Kids Day is a wonderful event which focuses on health, nutrition and exercise for our children and families. It shows that exercise and movement can be easy and fun!  


"We''re really just trying to come together as a community", continued Bigelow, "It''s called Healthy Kids Day, but we want to focus on the family as well. And, families and individuals can join the Y on HKD and pay no joining fee." 


Activities for kids and grown-ups will include a 1-mile family fun walk at 10 a.m., face painting, interactive games, YMCA summer camp sign-up, inflatable bouncers, dunking booth, bicycle and water safety, fire fighter combat challenge, fingerprinting, Mother Goose and much more. 


"The YMCA is totally revved up for Healthy Kids Day, sponsored by the Columbus Kiwanis Club," said Bigelow. "Healthy Kids Day allows us to be a part of a vibrant and active Lowndes County community that promotes healthy choices and active lives among children and families." 


"So many families and individuals desire a healthier and happier life but struggle to sustain it", said Andy Boyd, Executive Director of the Y. "Whether they are in our YMCA facilities, out in the community or in their own homes, we want families to know that we are here to help them find a way to start establishing new, healthy habits and that we also offer a supportive community to help them along the way to develop a stronger spirit, mind and body. The Y is so much more than just a work-out facility.  


Through this event, the YMCA and our partners have given our neighbors the opportunity to take their minds off daily stresses and, instead, have fun and focus on positive, sustainable healthy lifestyle changes together, as a family". 


For more information, contact the downtown YMCA, 662-328-7696. 





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