YMCA takes part in nationwide effort Healthy Kids Day

By KBJR News 1

April 26, 2014 Updated Apr 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - On Saturday the Duluth YMCA and the rest of the nation took part in Healthy Kids Day as part of the Y's national initiative to improve the health and well–being of children.

In celebration of this health movement, the Duluth YMCA hosted a day filled with activities and fun for Northland families, giving them a "jump" on summer.

Activities ranged from stand–up paddle boarding, indoor rock climbing, and family boot camp, to bouncy houses, and even the option to build your own garden.

YMCA spokespeople say the special day is an important contribution to the effort to overcome obesity among our nation's youth, and to instill healthy lifestyles at an early age.

"We open our doors once a year for all kids and families and organizations to come in and learn about healthy living and active lifestyles throughout the Northland," said YMCA Marketing Director Mollie Nelson, "so today it's a free family fun day."

YMCA officials say one of the most important services they offer is after school programs that give kids a chance to be active in the afternoons, in a safe, supportive, and adult–supervised environment.

Over 500 people attended the event.

Elsa Robins