Kids have fun at Healthy Kids Day in Lake Zurich

  • Sadie Van Cleave, 6, of Lake Barrington descends from the cab of an Ela Township Highway Department front loader during "Touch a Truck," part of Healthy Kids Day at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich Saturday.

      Sadie Van Cleave, 6, of Lake Barrington descends from the cab of an Ela Township Highway Department front loader during "Touch a Truck," part of Healthy Kids Day at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hunter Ugaste, 1, of Lake Zurich tries a scooter from the "Hungry, Hungry Hippo" game during Healthy Kids Day at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich Saturday.

      Hunter Ugaste, 1, of Lake Zurich tries a scooter from the "Hungry, Hungry Hippo" game during Healthy Kids Day at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • John Parker, 8, of Wauconda rappels from the climbing wall during Healthy Kids Day at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich Saturday.

      John Parker, 8, of Wauconda rappels from the climbing wall during Healthy Kids Day at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich Saturday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 4/30/2016 8:33 PM

Getting healthy and active was the theme Saturday at the Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich.

Healthy Kids Day, which was free to attend, ran from 10 a.m. to noon and featured activities such as a jumping-jack challenge, climbing wall and a ropes course. Visitors also had a chance to win prizes with a spin wheel.

 

YMCA officials said Healthy Kids Day was created because research shows children are less likely to be physically active or engaged in learning during the summer.

Officials said the research also shows children gain weight two to three times faster in the summer than during the school year, and often fall behind academically because they don't have access to out-of-school learning opportunities.

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