Several hundred people attended the North Suburban YMCA Healthy Kids Day, which welcomed the community for a free afternoon of activities on April 30.
“We’re committed to creating an opportunity for families to connect and play with purpose for a stronger community,” said Kathy Fielding of Wheeling, vice-president of programs and member engagement at the NSYMCA. “With the growing concern over childhood obesity, this is a great event to promote healthy living and positive choices about wellness for local families.”
In its 25th year, Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative which provides education about healthy habits for children and families. One goal is to inspire a lifetime love of physical wellness through active play.
“Healthy Kids Day is all about honest values, and carrying out the building blocks of what makes for the future of our community,” said Howard Schultz of Highland Park, NSYMCA chairman and CEO.
“Nothing is more important than teaching our kids that anything’s possible if they open their minds and eyes to the potential,” Schultz said.
Saturday’s event included games, demonstrations and community outreach opportunities for all ages. The Northbrook Police Department engaged with families about safety and the importance of properly using bike helmets.
“Bike season is going to be coming up, so it’s important to get a reminder out to be safe,” said Kevin Zerbe, Northbrook Police community service officer. “It’s always important to wear your helmet every time you ride.”
Karie Angell Luc is a freelance photographer and reporter for Pioneer Press.