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The YMCA is the place to be this Saturday as youth across the nation celebrate YMCA Healthy Kids Day.
The free fun is a national YMCA event intended to give youth an opportunity to visit their local YMCA and discover some of the activities, programs and events that it offers.
The nationwide slogan of “Put Play in Your Day,” emphasizes the more fun youth have participating in physical activity, the more likely they are to continue and to lead a healthy life style.
This is also an excellent opportunity to sample the local YMCA and a variety of programs usually reserved for members at no charge.
The fun kicks off at 8 a.m., with the first kids to participate receiving free T-shirts, according to Senior Program Director John Marble.
“Families and youth will be able to take advantage of the entire facility from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., including weight and cardio rooms, the gymnasium, racquetball courts and a tour of the facility,” Marble said.
The fun also includes being able to take part in specially scheduled classes, programs and the climbing wall.
The availability of classes are posted on the YMCA’s new website, which Webmaster Radoslav “Rado” Georgiev created.
Last year, the YMCA welcomed 35 kids younger than age 17. A parent or legal guardian needs to accompany youth younger than age 13.
“There is no charge to youth ages 17 and younger or to parents or legal guardians accompanying them,” Marble said.
Those that would like to participate in regular YMCA programs, but can’t afford it only need to speak with any of the member services representatives.
The staff is also attempting to raise money to strengthen their campaign coffers by selling reusable green bags.
The green idea, compliments of Katie Rosenbaum and the Small Business Development Center, is to sell the bags for $3 each or two bags for $5, throughout the day.
“The money will go back to the community by way of scholarships to kids,” Rosenbaum said.
“We want people to see the need and replace the use of plastic. When you think of health, you think feeling better and that leads to wanting to be better. Being better means helping the community by saving the community.”
To find out more call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit their website at www.laymca.org.