MENOMINEE—The Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA and the great Start Collaborative Menominee County wants to Get Kids Moving at the Annual Healthy Kids Day.

The YMCA, along with the Great start Collaborative Menominee County, will hold a free community event Sept. 11 to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.

Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s largest single-day event celebrating the health and well-being of kids and families. This day gives YMCAs an opportunity to connect members, program participants and families in the community with important resources on healthy eating, physical activity and academic enrichment. In past years, Healthy Kids Day has also served as a kickoff to summer programming for the Y, but is being held in the fall this year as a response to COVID-19’s impact on the community.

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over one million participants, works to get kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all year long. Kids face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential, and promoting a healthy lifestyle helps them overcome those obstacles.

This year’s 4-hour event features many activities from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Bounce houses, snacks, live bees, balloon animals, hands-on activities including nature fun, slime and crafts. The Y has about 20 participating organizations from the area who are going to have their own learning or interactive activity table for children to participate in at no charge. Weather permitting, all activities will be held outdoors on the YMCA’s grounds. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, activities will move indoors.

“The YMCA is proud to reinforce a healthy lifestyle for kids and families, and we encourage local agencies to support families in this effort. Healthy Kids Day is a way for us to unite and share our knowledge with the families with support in a fun, active environment,” says Terri Florek, Youth and Family, Aquatics and Y-Kids Camp Director. According to Florek, hundreds of children have participated in Y programming this year, and keeping the focus on the Y’s Core Values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility has been the key to the success in programming.

Locally, Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by The YMCA, Great Start Collaborative Menominee County and Waupaca Foundry.

Additional participation by community organizations who have healthy, interactive opportunities to share with children are encouraged to join this year’s event. For more information, people may contact Terri Florek at 906-863-9983.