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The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA Invites Families to 'Put Play in Your Day' and Bring Healthy Habits Home During the Nation's Largest Health Day for Children and Families
Date:4/11/2008

Kids and Families Are Invited to Celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day Saturday,

April 12 Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Overaa Construction

PLEASANT HILL, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA will join more than 1,700 YMCAs nationwide in the 17th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Concord Clayton YMCA, Delta Family YMCA, and Irvin Deutscher Family YMCA. An opportunity for kids and families to "Put Play in Their Day," this special event uses free, fun, engaging and creative activities to encourage children and families to adopt behaviors that support a healthy lifestyle. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is part of YMCA Activate America, a national initiative designed to help children and adults discover and sustain healthier ways to live. Locally, Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Overaa Construction.

Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are associated with an increased risk of a number of chronic health conditions, including overweight and obesity. In fact, the percentage of young people who are overweight has tripled over the last 25 years. In 2005, a panel of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that school-age children participate in moderate to vigorous activity for a minimum of 60 minutes a day. Studies have shown that children who develop healthy exercise and eating habits while they are young are more likely to maintain healthy lifestyles through adulthood.

"The challenge is that many families see healthy living as an all-or-nothing proposition. Through this lens, achieving a healthier lifestyle can seem overwhelming or out of reach," said Adrienne Carew, vice president of strategic marketing for the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA. "YMCA Healthy Kids Day shows families and kids that making healthy choices can be easy, fun and accessible to everyone. And through our new Healthy Family Home resources, we're giving familie
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