The NBA Celebrates YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®

The NBA Joins the Y’s Efforts to Take on Summer by Encouraging Kids to Stay Physically and Intellectually Active
Summer is the time to get up, get out and grow, but when the school year ends, many kids lose exposure to activities that keep their minds and bodies active. According to research, kids are prone to fall behind in studies and gain weight three times as fast in the summer than during the school year. To inspire kids to be more physically and intellectually active over the summer, the Y is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® on April 28.

As part of Healthy Kids Day, the Y will encourage kids and families to Take on Summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education that put kids at risk for childhood obesity and summer learning loss. There will be free community events hosted by more than 1,900 Ys across the country for entire families to enjoy fun and educational activities that will inspire playing and learning, and also help parents begin thinking early about simple ways to keep their kids active.

NBA Cares, NBA/WNBA FIT, and the NBA will Take on Summer with the Y, one of the leading nonprofits for healthy living, and get the word out about Healthy Kids Day on April 28. Following are five ways families can stay both physically and intellectually active this summer:

1. Start a book series and read together each night as a family. Reading at night keeps the brain buzzing and young minds active!

2. Take a walking staycation. Map out a new neighborhood or hiking trail in your area and get your family to explore on foot. It's a great way to make Saturday a healthy, active start to the weekend. Commit to keeping your body and mind active this summer.

3. Before you go somewhere, ask yourself if you can walk or ride your bike. It’s good for you and the environment. Commit to keeping you and your kids' body and mind active this summer.

4. Next time you get "I'm bored!" give your kids a jump rope! It's an awesome way to have fun and keep moving. They can go solo, or get others in on the fun. Commit to keeping your body and mind active this summer.

5. Start a "Words I Want to Know" notebook for the entire family. When there is an unfamiliar word, write it down, look it up, and add it to the family's vocabulary. You can even keep track of these on the refrigerator.

Healthy Kids Day will be celebrated at more than 1,900 Ys. To find a Y near you, click here.