---- — PLATTSBURGH — Kids can climb the wall at the YMCA on Saturday.
They also can try youth yoga and Zumba, get creative with arts and crafts, eat healthy snacks and take part in all kinds of games and gym activities.
Healthy Kids Day, a national YMCA initiative that will take place at 1,900 locations around the country, is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plattsburgh YMCA, located at 17 Oak Street.
It is free and open to all.
“At the Plattsburgh YMCA, we know parents struggle to keep their kids physically and intellectually active every day,” Executive Director Kevin J. Killeen said in a press release.
“We want to help ensure fewer kids are at risk of childhood obesity and more kids excel in school. The YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day will get kids moving and learning while also helping families get a jump on creating a healthier summer, and ultimately a healthier future.”
Research shows that children who don’t have access to out-of-school physical and learning activities fall behind academically and gain weight twice as fast in the summer than they do during the school year, the release said.
The YMCA says many youngsters don’t get the daily recommended hours of physical activity and reading, and daily amounts of healthy foods.
According to the YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot — a survey of parents that gauges their children’s activity levels during the school year — only 19 percent of kids get 60 minutes of physical activity, only 17 percent read books for fun, and only 12 percent eat at least eight fruits and vegetables daily.
For more information, contact the Plattsburgh YMCA at 561-4290 or go to Plattsburghymca.com.