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Kingsport YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day returns Saturday

Contributed • Apr 25, 2019 at 10:30 PM

KINGSPORT — The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA wants as many kids as possible to keep their minds and bodies active during the warm summer months.

Which is why the Y is once again hosting its annual Healthy Kids Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glen Bruce Park and the 300 and 400 blocks of Broad Street.

“We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves,” said Abigail Weaver, vice-president of advancement at the YMCA. “A child’s development is never on vacation, and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.”


The half-day event will feature a variety of fun and educational activities including a giant climbing tower, jousting inflatable, bounce houses, an inflatable slide, and an obstacle course.

Kids can also enjoy archery, building a birdhouse, gardening stations, sports and game stations, craft activities, face painting, a dunk tank, photo booth, balloon station, and more. Attendees will be able to make their own smoothie with Food City, inspect a fire truck, listen to Dobyns-Bennett High School’s drumline and watch the Spirit Shakers perform.

Food options will be provided by East Coast Wings, Panera Bread, Barberitos, Chef’s Pizza, and AM Kingsport. The Chick-Fil-A cow, the Kingsport Mets mascot, and princess characters from Once Upon a Princess will be wandering through the crowd. The first 500 kids will receive a free T-shirt.


Kingsport City Schools will be providing shuttle service to and from Healthy Kids Day for children (accompanied by adults) at Holly Hills Apartments, Roosevelt Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Kings View Apartments, Dogwood Terrace Apartments, Miller Village, and VO Dobbins.

Families will be able to gain ideas for summer fun at the Bays Mountain Park, SAWS and USA Raft stations, taste Beach Hut’s sugar-free snow cones, find out about upcoming 88.3 WCQR events and concerts, and meet friends from Healthy Kingsport and Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry.

Healthy Kids Day is celebrated at more than 1,500 YMCAs across the country by over one million participants, with employees and volunteers working to get more kids moving and learning, while creating habits that they continue all summer long.


In celebration of Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits this summer that can have a lifetime effect:

— High-five the fruits and veggies: Make sure kids get at least five servings of fruits and veggies each day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend for healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ tastebuds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.

— Read together: The summer is a great time to enjoy books with summer program participants — and 30 minutes a day goes a long way! Take trips to the local library or create a family reading challenge to see who can log the most minutes of reading. Encourage youth to create their own stories as well.

— Get moving!: Activities that require movement also help kids flex their mental muscle. Use materials in unique ways: Ask youth to build models, manipulate tools or develop their own theatrical scenes.

— Play together: Play may be the best way to prevent childhood obesity. By putting more play into your family’s day, you will soon find yourself getting the activity that will have your family feeling energized and strong.

— Make sleep a priority: Doctors recommend 10 to 12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5 through 12 and seven to eight hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, and learning.