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Friday, April 15, 2011

Activities for the whole family at Plainfield Y's 'Healthy Kids Day' Saturday


A fun day for the whole family is on tap as the Plainfield Area YMCA throws open its doors for its annual “Healthy Kids Day” Celebration on Saturday, April 16.

The event is free, and will include an interactive karate demonstration, water volleyball in the pool, a moonwalk, family zumba, jump rope, healthy snacks, and more.

Elsie Jenkins, membership director at the Y, said, “The focus is to unite families. Our push is ‘healthy families, healthy homes.’ This is about more than fitness. It’s about families spending time with each other, getting enough rest, having fun outdoors.”

The Plainfield Y offers programs for everyone in the family. Jenkins said babies as young as six months get in the pool for “parent and child” water fun. She said the oldest member who works out just about every day is 82 years old. The Y has fitness programs for local pre-schools and charter schools,  an active Silver Sneakers initiative, and free baby-sitting so parents can work out in the evening.

On “Healthy Kids Day,” a nutritionist from Rutgers University will be available to answer questions and distribute material, as will representatives from the Plainfield Health Center, the Fire Department, Habitat for Humanity, the Girl Scouts and others.

Special that day will be a “family fitness challenge” and a Wii challenge. The Y has Wii for youngsters and teens in its health and fitness area.

For information, call Elsie Jenkins at (908) 756-6060, or check the Y’s web site at


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Dwayne said...

Thanks for the post Dan!! I've passed on to the many families I know.

Very good time for the kids of Plainfield. As a father and with kids in this town, I am happy to see this activity!

Good stuff!!

Rebecca Williams said...

I arrived toward the end--awesome event!