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YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is celebrating National “Healthy Kids Day®” by hosting a community event designed to encourage kids and families to stay physically and intellectually fit throughout the summer. The entire community is invited to attend this FREE event to enjoy family fun activities.

Fourteen Y branches in metro Detroit will hold a variety of events to encourage families to take time out each day to plan “play dates” as a way to become a healthier, active and more connected family. Branches will provide free food, games, and exercise classes to guests.

Contact your local Y branch at www.ymcadetroit.org for specific times and activities. A leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

“The Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity through active play” said Chad Creekmore, Vice President of Membership and Marketing.

As part of this initiative, the Y – along with hundreds of thousands of parents and kids nationwide – is taking on summer by addressing critical gaps in health and education that cause kids to be at-risk for childhood obesity and suffer summer learning loss. Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body, kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer months.

More than 1,900 Y’s across the country are taking part in the celebration, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids. For more information go to www.ymcadetroit.org or contact Chad Creekmore at (313) 223-2487

About the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit: The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Throughout Metro Detroit, Y's engage more than 300,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the region’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in communities throughout Metro Detroit, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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