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YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Mr. Hembling
YMCA Healthy Kids Day
by P. Hembling - Friday, 5 June 2015, 11:40 AM


Only 4 in 10 Canadian parents say their child gets 
the recommended 7 hours of physical activity a week

Kamloops: On May 28, 2015, the YMCA released the 2015 YMCA Healthy Kids Report. A key finding was that parents are finding it difficult to set a healthy example for their children with 85 per cent stating that it takes effort to be a healthy role model and only 28% of parents identifying themselves as excellent role models with respect to health and physical activity.

To help families get out and be active, the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA will join YMCAs across Canada in celebrating YMCA Healthy Kids Day on June 7 – a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids across the country.

“Children between the ages of 6 to 12 are at an important stage of their development and this is a key time for instilling healthy behaviour and habits,” says Monica van der Meulen, General Manager of Child, Youth and Family Services at the Kamloops Y. “Yet the YMCA Healthy Kids Day Report shows parents are struggling. Only four in ten parents across Canada say their child gets the recommended 7 hours of physical activity a week. Parents cite lack of time as the biggest barrier to participating in activities with their children. Parents know where to find programs but 54% say they don’t have the time or money to access them.”

“The YMCA gives children, no matter what their financial situation, the support and opportunity they need throughout the year to learn, play and grow in a safe and supportive environment,” states Colin Reid, CEO of the Kamloops Y. “Healthy Kids Day is one of the wealth of family-friendly programs and activities offered by the Y to make it easier for families to get active together.”

Presented by Interior Savings on Sunday, June 7 from 10am to 2pm at the John Tod Centre Y on the North Shore, Healthy Kids Day is a free event open to all that will feature a climbing wall, bouncy castle, healthy snacks, street hockey, the KFR Fire Safety House and more! All free to the public.

Interior Savings supports Healthy Kids Day as a way of creating healthier communities. “As a locally-based credit union, our success is closely tied to the health and vitality of the communities we serve,” says Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings. “By investing in the development of healthy, active and confident kids, we are also investing in our future industry and community leaders. The YMCA does outstanding work in this area and we are pleased to partner with them on an event that teaches families how easy and fun healthy living can be.”

Don’t miss the chance to take a few hours out this Sunday to play with your kids! Visit for event details.

About the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA

The Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities.  We are committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. In 2014, we welcomed 18,500 people, including 6,300 children and teens, into our facilities and programs. Our focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means we serve people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life. Through financial assistance programs and the Y Strong Kids Campaign, the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is accessible to all.


For further information:

Darcy Harris

Manager, Philanthropy and Communications

Kamloops YMCA-YWCA