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June 14, 2018
Summer is a time when children can let their imaginations run wild! From creating their own plays to building forts in the backyard, there’s no limit to what kids can dream up.
But when kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows without access to out-of-school learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.
The YMCAs of Tampa Bay want to ensure all kids in Tampa Bay awaken their summer imaginations through healthy eating habits and physical activity. Because when a child is happy, healthy, motivated and excited, something amazing is inevitably going to result.
It’s important not to let your kids idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:
Summer is the perfect time to learn the importance of staying physically and intellectually active. From summer camp and swim lessons to youth sports and teen leadership programs, the Y can provide an outlet for your kids to play and learn throughout the summer.
And while the Y is serving as a parenting partner for out-of-school care, why not focus on YOU for once? Try out the Y’s state-of-the-art wellness equipment, take a group exercise class, relax by the pool or attend a family social—whatever works for your lifestyle and schedule! You and your family can count on the Y for support while you improve your health and well-being and connect with new friends and the community.
To learn more about how the Y can help your family get healthier together, go to ymcatampabay.org. There you’ll find 25 Y locations in five counties. And if you’re traveling this summer, Nationwide Membership offers access to Y facilities across the United States. This way, your family can use the Y as often as you’d like no matter where you are!