(WBRE/WYOU-TV) As many parents will tell you. It’s hard to peel kids away from their cell phone, I-Pads, and computers.
But Y-M-C-A’s across the country are trying to change that — with Healthy Kids Day.
Eyewitness News Reporter Anja Whitehead” takes us to the Wilkes-Barre “Y” with more
The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, is promoting a healthy lifestyle for children both mentally and physically. Starting healthy activities at a young age can create healthier habits.
“If we can get kids at an early age learning more about how to be healthy nutritionally, physically, that can help them have a nice long healthy life,” Explained Diana Dempsey, Senior Aquatics Director
“When given choices, he always picks the healthy one. He’d much rather fruit over the chocolate. I think when you introduce that at home, I think everywhere else it just becomes a part of life,” Said Nancy Heck, Parent of YMCA Student.
That’s why the YMCA is behind a healthy kids day event featuring a wall touch, flick and float and much more. Parent’s love the effects being active has on kids
“I just think it keeps them out of trouble. My son has A-D-H-D so anything that keeps him active, is much better for his overall mental health,” Said Nancy Heck.
While the event is geared towards children, they also want to get all family members involved.
“If a parent is just sitting on the couch playing video games, that’s what your kid is going to want to do but if you’re a parent and you’re encouraging your kids to get outside, play ball, play catch with you, it really makes the kids understand how important it is,” Stressed Meghan Burns, Financial Development And Marketing Coordinator
As for the kids, they love coming to the Y and being as active as possible.
“Play dodge ball and that’s it, I just like to play dodge ball,” Said Kerieo Martinez.
“You get to go underwater and play in the water and stuff,” Added Destinee Gordon,
“Playing with my brother’s friends because he also plays with his friends and me,” said Leyka Martinez.
The Wilkes-Barre “Y” Healthy Kids Day” event is this Saturday.
Most Y-M-C-A’s are taking part in the event.
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