Well­ness starts here

YMCA will host Healthy Kids Day on June 3

Cape Breton Post - - Community Connections - Andre Gal­lant Andre Gal­lant is the CEO of YMCA of Cape Bre­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to cape­bre­ton.ymca.ca, call 902-562-9622 or email info@cbymca.com.

At the Y, one of our favourite days of the year is Healthy Kids Day.

I feel like this day re­ally sums up what the YMCA stands for — com­mu­nity and well­ness.

De­vel­op­ing healthy habits — like be­ing ac­tive and eat­ing well — are best learned at a young age. This is a day to come to­gether as a com­mu­nity to en­cour­age fam­i­lies and kids to be­come more ac­tive, eat bet­ter and have fun.

To demon­strate why days like this are so im­por­tant, let’s look at some sta­tis­tics from the 2015 Nova Sco­tia Health Pro­file: - 64 per cent of Cape Bre­ton

ers are over­weight or obese (vs. 52 per cent of Cana­di­ans) - 9.4 per cent of Cape Bre­ton­ers have di­a­betes (vs. 5.6 per cent of Cana­di­ans) - 28 per cent have high blood pres­sure - 6 per cent have heart dis­ease

- Only 52 per cent re­ported them­selves as ac­tive In Cape Bre­ton, we have se­ri­ous pop­u­la­tion health con­cerns. To curb th­ese un­nerv­ing trends, we must fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing good habits within our chil­dren and youth.

The 2017 Healthy Kids Day will be held on Satur­day, June 3. The day starts at 9:30 a.m at the Joan Har­riss Cruise Pav­il­ion, where the Cape Bre­ton Fid­dles

Run will host the an­nual Doc­tors Nova Sco­tia Youth Run. Fol­low­ing the run, we're host­ing a free open house at our Char­lotte Street lo­ca­tion, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This fun event will fea­ture tons of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing: - Bouncy House - Arts - Nu­tri­tion chal­lenges - Gym and aqua games "The YMCA of Cape Bre­ton has been a valu­able part­ner in our goal of get­ting Cape Bre­ton youth ac­tive,” said Kather­ine Mac­Queen-Burke, chair of the Doc­tors Nova Sco­tia Youth Run.

“In the last num­ber of years, we were able to co-or­di­nate sched­ules so that the Youth Run and the YMCA Healthy Kids Day were held on the same day. Hav­ing the Healthy Kids Day fol­low the run made for a very fun-filled day fo­cused on phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and healthy liv­ing. It was also a great in­cen­tive for fam­i­lies who live out­side the Syd­ney area to come into the city for a full day of ac­tiv­i­ties.”

We invite ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity to take part. This is a great op­por­tu­nity to try the Y for free and kick-start your fam­ily’s jour­ney to well­ness.

Ways to get in­volved in Healthy Kids Day: - Visit the Y on June 3 - Vol­un­teer - Help spread the word - Do­nate healthy snacks - Pro­vide child-friendly equip­ment - Set up an in­for­ma­tion booth - Spon­sor this day For more in­for­ma­tion on the YMCA of Cape Bre­ton, visit cape­bre­ton.ymca.ca call 902-562-9622 or email info@cbymca.com

To sign up for the Doc­tors Nova Sco­tia Youth Run, visit www.cape­bre­ton­fid­dler­srun.com. Regis­tra­tion is $10, plus a $2 on­line fee.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

June 3 is Healthy Kids Day at the Char­lotte Street YMCA in Syd­ney.

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