On Saturday, May 2nd, the Washington County Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, features activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, and other fun activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.
YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,300 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles – or gaps – that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play, and health. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.
“The Y is so much more than just a gym, a place to play sports, or hang out. We support families in their efforts to instill healthy habits at home,” said Rob Gilchrist, CEO of the Washington County Family YMCA. “We know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge. So at Healthy Kids Day, we’ll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips and activities they can easily replicate at home. It’s free and open to the community.”
In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:
- Try, try, repeat – There are many great tasting fruits and vegetables that many kids have never heard of, let alone tried. Grab a new fruit or vegetable and encourage everyone in the family to try at least a bite.
- Play around town – Challenge the family to play on a different playground every week. Identify playgrounds at a variety of parks; expand definitions of playgrounds to include nature trails, a nearby stream, and a bike path.
- Families at play for an hour a day – From walking to gardening, or swimming to shooting hoops, make playful movement a part of your family’s day. To get 60 minutes of moderate activity throughout your day just add 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there.
- Foster a passion for reading – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
- Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning, and other vital functions.
“We want to make sure that our youth know about all of the fun and constructive things to do here this summer,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director at the Y. “From our awesome YMCA Summer Camp and 4-H, to the Piper Flight Museum and Salem Speedway, we will showcase many of the local activities and attractions for the community all while setting the stage for a safe and productive summer.”
The Washington County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new program to encourage shopping local.
The Chamber is seeking groups (aka Mob Families) to conduct “hits” at Chamber of Commerce member businesses and organizations.
Persons interested in being a Mob Family Leader (aka Don) are encouraged to contact the Chamber Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 812-883-4303. The program will begin in March and continue thru October. Mob Leaders will put together a family, name their family, keep track of the money spent by their family and have fun! Mob families that conduct the most ‘hits’ and have the largest families will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner.
Current Mob Families:
- Family Ties – led by the Godmother Mindy Gunn
- Wash Co Mob Family – led by Keeley Stingel
- Salem Cheerleaders – led by Rhonda Smith and Lana Hamilton
- The Royal Family – led by Angie Wilson
- The LaSalinda Family – led by Denise Newkirk
- Contact the Chamber to get your Family Added here!
The Women's Giving Circle of the Washington County Community Foundation is celebrating its fifth annual Giving from the Heart event on April 18, 2015 at Southern Hills Church. The Women' s Giving Circle is once again hosting a spring tea. The mission of the Women's Giving Circle is to provide opportunities, encouragement, knowledge and hope to women and girls. Last year, the Women's Giving Circle embarked on a new focus of improving the selfesteem of girls in our county and are making headway in this endeavor.
Did you know:
- 75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating.
- Over 70% of girls age 15 to 17 avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks.
- "One of the main factors in teen promiscuity is self-esteem. When a teen has little or no self-confidence, he or she will use sex as a means to build confidence."
We are requesting your sponsorship for this event to help give women and children in Washington County a better outlook on their future. We are requesting that you let us know your sponsorship intentions no later than March 29, 2015.