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NYS YMCAs to hold advocacy day at Capitol on May 7

The Alliance of New York State YMCAs will converge at the Legislative Office Building in Albany on Wednesday, May 7, for the Healthy Kids Day Advocacy Event, which aims to inspire policies encouraging kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

Healthy Kids Day Advocacy Event focuses on getting more kids "moving and learning," so they continue the habit through the summer. According to the YMCA, research has shown children without access to physical and learning activities outside of school then to fall behind academically, along with gaining weight twice as fast during the summer.

At the event there will be physical activity opportunities, healthy living demonstrations for youth and a rally featuring Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and the "Biggest Loser" season 15 at home winner, Tumi Oguntaia.

The following is from a YMCA media release:

Sadly our State faces soaring childhood obesity rates — especially true among children from low-income environments. Many youth face limited access to out-of-school physical and learning activities. The challenges are real. The Y is here to help.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits children are more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said David Brown, President and CEO of the Capital District YMCA. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living through the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, our goal s to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire healthy habits kids can continue into adulthood.”

Together, we can inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active and see a reduction in common risk factors associated with chronic disease such as obesity. We can move toward healthy, more affordable choices especially in communities with the greatest disparities.

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