Healthy Kids Day offers lifestyle lessons

PARKERSBURG – Children and their parents had the chance to learn about healthy activities and lifestyle choices through the annual Healthy Kids Day at the Parkersburg YMCA.

About 100 children attended the free community event Saturday morning at the YMCA’s Broad Street facility.

“We had a great turnout,” said Shellie Leeson, family event coordinator at the Y.

“The families seemed to enjoy it and there was a lot of important information,” she said.

The event featured vendors, displays, activity stations and demonstrations, along with a bounce house and the chance to view emergency vehicles like a fire truck, an ambulance and a state police cruiser. There were also physical activity demonstrations from Hoopla, the G-Force Strength Unit and Jump Company USA.

Maliesha Powell and her son, Dylan, 8, of Vienna, said they like going to events like Healthy Kids Day and enjoyed learning about the activities and programs. Dylan said he liked “everything” about Saturday’s event

Maliesha Powell said the program was helpful in providing information about different ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition and physical activity. She was especially interested in one of the vendors who provided information about how to make sure children get proper nutrients by blending less popular foods like vegetables in to juices and other things children enjoy more.

“That was pretty cool,” she said.

Parkersburg resident Rich Puskarich said his family are YMCA members and were enjoying Saturday’s event.

“This is a great event for kids. It gets them out and into the Y and shows them some of the stuff in the community,” he said.

Healthy Kids Day has been an annual event at the Parkersburg facility for years. It is part of the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being through games, healthy eating samples, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.