Greater Nashua Y’s Health Kids Day set for Saturday in Merrimack

The YMCA of Greater Nashua will hold a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, exhibits, arts and crafts, sports activities and challenges to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

The event will take place at YMCA Camp Sargent, 141 Camp Sargent Road, Merrimack, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 17. It will feature fun, active play and educational activities, such as Zumba and dance demonstrations, sports, games and outdoor challenges.

The Merrimack Police Department and Merrimack Fire Department will be on hand to chat with families. Granite State Clowns will be doing face painting and making balloon animals. Bazzani Chiropractic, My Orthodontist, Southern New Hampshire Lead Outreach Program and other community organizations will have tables.

There will be a Teddy Bear Clinic hosted by Nashua South High School’s allied health students. Children are encouraged to bring their teddy bear or doll for a quick checkup.

“One in 3 U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Elizabeth Covino, director of community relations.

The Y offers these tips to help families develop healthy habits:

High-five the fruits and veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development.

Foster an early and ongoing passion for books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.

Team up for athletic events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events such as races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.

Volunteer together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.

Lead by example – Be a good role model; kids can be influenced by seeing how hard their parents work at home or on the job, and how rewarding that experience is.

For more information, visit www.nmymca.org.