By day’s end, about 70 youngsters might not have realized it – but they’d enjoyed physical exercise, muscular coordination, mental stimulation and good food in their tummies.
Just what the organizers wanted.
The occasion was the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s annual Healthy Kids Day, which was free and open to local and area kids and their families of all income levels.
On a recent sunny Saturday, the kids swam, drummed with sticks on exercise balls, learned the basics of gardening, did art projects and snacked on healthy food.
And yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch when it comes to programs such as Healthy Kids Day – Subway on North Collier provided children as well as attending parents with healthy food to keep up their energy.
Mom Capri Blaskovich enjoyed observing the various activities that her daughter Kamea and others enjoyed.
“It’s great that they (the children) become informed about sports, activities and healthy eating,” she said as the day wound down with kids taking last-minute dips in the pool.
Community Relations Director Tony DeLucia said the idea behind the day is for families and children of all ages to learn about the benefits of healthy living.
“The kids learn about social and physical activity, about our summer camps which provide a mental, physical and educational environment for success,” DeLucia said.
For more on the Y’s wide variety of programs and activities for adults and children, visit marcoymca.org or call 394-YMCA (9622). Follow on Twitter at ymcamarco; on Facebook @marcoymca, and Instagram at ymcamarco.