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YMCA Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA believes health is holistic and interconnected and the organization approaches it from a body, mind and spirit framework. It is the power of community found through activity together and a supportive network that helps people achieve greater health, in every way. For children, participation in organized activities helps them make new friends giving them a sense of belonging and confidence which boosts their energy levels and leads to more activity with their new pals.

"We know that planning is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle," said Laura Palmer-Korn, President & CEO (Acting), YMCA Canada. "Yet 75% of parents have not yet enrolled their kids in programs for the summer (2016). Of greater concern is the fact that 39% do not intend to sign their children up for programs over the summer, a time when the risk of learning loss, boredom and disengagement are high."

Each year, YMCA Healthy Kids Day gives parents a chance to prioritize their family's health. YMCA centres across Canada open their doors for free to help local families discover how simple and fun healthy living can be with the YMCA as their partner.

Surveys shows parents face time challenge, as obesity rate grows

The 2016 YMCA Healthy Kids Survey reveals that Canadian parents acknowledge there are barriers keeping them from leading a healthy active lifestyle, including: a lack of time (44%), work/life balance (34%) and energy or motivation (28%).

According to the Obesity Report in Canada1, about one in three (33%) children between the ages of five and 17 are overweight or obese. With an increase in childhood obesity rates, leading a healthy, active lifestyle should be a family priority driven by parents.

When it comes to their children's healthy development, parents are most concerned about their children's mental/emotional health (50%) followed by physical (28%) and social health (22%).

 

About the polling data: 2016 YMCA Healthy Kids Survey

From March 14th to April 7th, 2016 an online survey was conducted among 906 randomly selected Canadian parents of children ages 17 and younger who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error -- which measures sampling variability -- is +/- 3.3%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) Census data. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

1 Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, March 2016.

 

Every day can be Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA celebrates Healthy Kids Day every year on May 1. On Sunday, May 1, 2016, the YMCA of Saskatoon celebrated Healthy Kids Day with a free event for everyone in the community. But we also encourage healthy lifestyles by hosting Family Fun Day events on each Sunday of the year, with activities in the gym, craftroom and pool. For non-members, the entire family can take advantage of these Family Fun Days for only $10.
We also offer a great deal on Family Advantage memberships. Two adults, and all minors living at the same address, can have a YMCA membership for only $85/month. The membership entitles the children and youths to enroll in three registered programs (one being a swimming program) at no extra cost. Check out our membership information page and start your family on the road to a healthier lifestyle!
 

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