YMCA of Central Ohio

Healthy Kids Day 2014

On Saturday, April 26, the YMCA of Central Ohio is celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families. Healthy Kids Day will include fun active play and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning, in order to maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential. Millions of children and their families are expected to participate in Healthy Kids at nearly 1,600 events across the country.

Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow, but sometimes when the school year ends, so does a child’s exposure to activities that keep the body and mind active. Kids are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer months.  In fact, research shows that children gain weight two to three times faster during the summer vacation than during the school year. In addition, kids, particularly from low-income families, fall behind academically because they don’t have access to out-of-school learning opportunities. In fact, by fifth grade, low-income kids are two to three school years behind middle-income children. (sources cited below article).

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is addressing critical gaps in kids’ health and education. For more than 20 years, Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ health and continues to teach healthy habits for kids and families, encourage active play, and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. The YMCA of Central Ohio has adopted a set of healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) standards in early childcare and afterschool programs to build a healthier future for our nation’s children.

Join us April 26 at your local branch for fun activities for the kids and family. See what's going on at your branch below:

April 26, 2014

Delaware Community Center YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Activities: 8:00-11:30 a.m.

  • Delaware City Schools 5K Run and Walk: 8:00 a.m.
  • Martial Arts Demonstration
  • Bounce House
  • Kit Fit Test
  • Family Zumba
  • YMCA Art projects
  • 9 Square in the Air game
  • Rock Wall will be open
  • Sports Personal Training
  • Learn about Mingo Day Camp
  • Face painting
  • Balloon Animals
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Local vendors such as:
    -Fire Department
    -Police Department
    -Delaware County Library
    -American Red Cross Blood Mobile
    -Delaware County Health District
    -Delaware County JFS
    -Preservation Parks
    -Delaware Chiropractic
    -YMCA Camp Willson
    -Delaware Parent's Club
    -Teen Leaders Club

Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Activities: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • Visits from:
    -Columbus Library Bookmobile
    -First Watch restaurant

Grove City YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Activities: 1:00-3:00 p.m

  • Open family gym
  • Open swim
  • Local vendors such as:
    -Police department doing child checks and car seat checks
    -Fire department safe house
    -Insurance company making child IDs

Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

  • Bounce House
  • YMCA Blueprint-Build it Together!
  • YMCA Top Chef
  • Relay Races
  • Kids Zumba
  • Kids Tae Kwon Do
  • Vendors
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Climbing Wall
  • Face Painting
  • Crafts
  • Wellness Challenges
  • Girl Scouts
  • Togetherhood Service Project for Members

Hilltop YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: noon-1:00 p.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Healthy vendors
  • Zumba  and Zumba kids demo
  • Visit from the Fire department
  • Trik-a-thon and 1 mile family run
  • Pool safety and water games
  • Craft projects, such as bird houses, simple machines and more
  • Moon bounces, blow-ups and give-a ways
  • Visit with YMCA Camp Willson representatives

Jerry L. Garver YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Activities: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting
  • Seed Bombing Station
  • Community Garden
  • Lawn Twister
  • 9 Square and Gaga games
  • Cap 4 Kids "Capping Station"
  • Healthy Passport Challenge including vendors/visitors from:
    - Columbus Fire Department (Hazard House)
    - Columbus Police Department
    - Columbus Public Health will discuss nutrition, dental, blood pressure
    - Columbus Bowling Association
    - Nexus Academy with a health screening
    - Pickerington Library
    - Smoothie King
    - Demo from Master Yang's Taekwondo
    - Bike Safety Instructor
    - Fairfield National Bank with saving tips

Liberty Twp./Powell YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Activities: 9:00 a.m.-noon

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Bounce House
  • 1/2 mile race; kids get a Healthy Kids Day t-shirt !
  • Dunk Tank-Kids who can complete an activity picked from a hat (such as 20 jumping jacks) can try to dunk "healthy man"
  • Game Shows that focus on nutrition and physical fitness and sports questions
  • President's Challenge
  • Making Healthy Snacks with Brooke
  • Making your own Kite (if its nice, we'll go out and fly them!)
  • Tour the Fireman's Firehouse
  • Face Painting
  • Creative Painting with water colors

North YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Actitives: May 2 (see below)

  • Swim Evaluations ONLY

Pickaway County Family YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Activities: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Games
  • Fitness
  • Obstacle course
  • Dance evaluations
  • Gymnastic evaluations
  • Snacks
  • Arts & crafts
  • Giveaways
  • Local vendors, such as:
    -Pickaway County Family YMCA Dance Academy and Art
    -Pickaway County Family YMCA Gymnastics team
    -Circleville Chiropractic
    -Girls Scouts
    -Circleville City Police
    -Circleville Fire Department
    -Ohio State Highway Patrol
    -Pickaway County Public Library

Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Activities: time coming soon

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Self-defense demonstration
  • Canoe rides in the pool
  • Zumba for kids and adults
  • Local vendors, such as:
    -Fire Department
    -Crew Juniors

Eldon & Elise Family YMCA
FREE Swim Evaluations: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Actitivies: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Swim Evaluations
  • Bouncy House
  • Bike Safety
  • Martial Arts Demo
  • Local vendors, such as:
    -Fire Department
    -Chiropractic Centers of Eastland will be conducting massages and spinal screenings
    -Workouts with Twin Rivers Links
    -MLK Columbus Metropolitan Library
    -Girl Scouts
    -Columbus Police Department presenting I.D. Child
    -Park Fun
    -City Year
    -a Nutritionist

May 2, 2014

North YMCA
Actitives: time coming soon

  • Fitness
  • Swimming safely lessons
  • Healthy eating
  • Sports 
  • Local vendors


von Hippel, P.T., Powell, B., Downey, D.B., & Rowland, N., American Journal of Public Health, “The effect of school on overweight in childhood: Gains in children’s body mass index during the school year and during summer vacation”, April 2007

Horizons National, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahhj3wxxkdM&feature=player_embedded