YMCA makes kids wellness a fun day

Samantha Folts and Cassandra Silva took advantage of the free face painting. — Photo by Emily Galligan

The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard held its second annual Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 28. Close to 400 people joined in the fun. Activities included a kids taste test, family Zumba, hip hop, music and movement, free swim assessments and water games, field games and relays, face painting, basketball, piñ;ata and more.

Many other Island organizations joined in the fun. They included the FARM Institute, Island Grown Schools, Vineyard Nutrition, Youth Task Force, Sassafras Earth Education, and the Cape & Islands Red Cross. Mass in Motion of Martha’s Vineyard, which is working at the community level to promote a healthy, active lifestyle, sponsored the event.

“The goal of this event is to encourage people to incorporate fun and fitness into their daily activities and to improve the health and well-being of all individuals and our community as a whole,” said Emily Galligan, Y director of marketing and public relations.

The Y holds Healthy Kids Day to teach healthy habits to kids and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. Held annually at 1,600 YMCAs across the country, the event is the nation’s largest health day for families, according to a press release.

For more information, call 508-696-7171 or visit www.ymcamv.org.