On Saturday, April 30, the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th annual YMCA\u2019s Healthy Kids Day \u2014 the Y\u2019s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. \u00a0 The day-long event features activities such as youth exercise demos; a bounce house; face painting; local wellness vendors and physicians to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. YMCA\u2019s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,300 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long, which is a critical time for kids\u2019 health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y hopes to focus on wowing them with their potential and make this their best summer ever by staying active and learning. \u201cThe Y believes in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find the Wow! factor inside themselves. A child\u2019s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer,\u201d said Christian Engle, senior president & COO, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA that oversees Trumbull\u2019s branch. In celebration of YMCA\u2019s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits: High Five the Fruits and Veggies \u2013 Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids\u2019 taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month. Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books \u2013 Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development. Team Up for Athletic Events \u2013 Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc. Volunteer Together \u2013 Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference. Make sleep a priority \u2013 Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions. The Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA\u2019s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Y on 20 Trefoil Drive in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features fun, active play and educational activities. For more information, contact the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA at 203 445 9633 or visit cccymca.org.