The Garfield YMCA is partnering up with Garfield Health Department, VERTICES, and HARP of HUMC to bring a new event to the 2008 Healthy Kids Day. Healthy Kids Day is the nation’s largest health day for children and is part of YMCA Activate America, an initiative designed to help children and adults adopt and sustain health lifestyles. This year, Healthy Kids Day will occur on April 12, 2008 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Garfield YMCA Outwater Lane facility. The day will be full of great activities for children and their families.
The Extreme Nintendo Wii Tournament is designed to get children involved with physical activities without the stress of performing outside the comfort of the indoors. Activities such as these allow children to use technology to get fit. The purpose of bringing Wii to Garfield’s children is to see how well the reception of technology is amongst children and to find out whether it is a good way to get children to embrace exercise, introducing a new trend of health-gaming. Garfield Fitness Unity Nutrition (F.U.N) program is already utilizing interactive mapping technology to promote children to participate outdoor activities collecting community asset mapping and healthy food choices and this technological approach to fitness can prove to be a great addition to the Garfield F.U.N. program