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YMCAs Help Families Achieve Healthy Balance in Stressful Times
Date:4/9/2009

YMCA Healthy Kids(R) Day Celebrated on April 18

CHICAGO, April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a time when American families face mounting challenges posed by a tumultuous economy, YMCAs continue to provide options for parents and kids to live happier and healthier lives. On YMCA Healthy Kids Day, YMCAs from across the country will open their doors to nearly 800,000 children, parents and community members for an event that celebrates healthy living, encourages families to embrace a more active lifestyle and introduces tools and strategies for making changes as a family.

"The YMCA understands that many families in our communities are really struggling to maintain balance in their lives," says Lynne Vaughan, Chief Innovation Officer, YMCA of the USA. "Through YMCA Healthy Kids Day, we give them an opportunity to have fun and be active as a family, as well as provide simple tools they can use all year long to make things a little better and a little less stressful."

Managing stress through activities like those recommended at YMCA Healthy Kids Day has never been more necessary. The American Psychological Association reports that 46 percent of Americans feel significant worry when it comes to providing for their family's basic needs, and anxieties like these take a hefty toll on both parents' and kids' well-being.

To help families combat increased stress levels, YMCA Healthy Kids Day emphasizes regular physical activity, choosing nutritious food options and making time to connect as a family. Event participants will receive resources from YMCA Healthy Family Home, an initiative that provides children and families with tools and resources for incorporating healthy living in their homes. Among the best changes you can begin making at home together are:

  • Involve the whole family in meal planning, preparation and clean-up
  • Eat more
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