Families learn about healthy living at Norman event

The Cleveland County YMCA offered Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, helping families learn about healthy living.
BY TAMI ALTHOFF Modified: April 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm •  Published: April 30, 2013
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— Families got up and moving during the Cleveland County Family YMCA's Healthy Kids Day. The free event included educational activities and active play, including family Zumba and yoga classes, fitness testing, obstacle courses, safety classes and crafts.

The Saturday event was part of a national initiative that took place at 1,900 YMCAs to improve the health and well-being of families and kick-start healthier behaviors for the summer, said Traci Wells, healthy living director for the Cleveland County YMCA.

“More than anything, this is about getting the word out about what people can do to make small changes in their health and their children's health,” Wells said.

Gina Brown participated in the Zumba class and other activities with her grandchildren, Natalya Rivera, 9, and Zea Sarmiento, 1.

Brown, a regular at the YMCA, said she brought her grandchildren so they could experience how much fun fitness can be.

“It's such a great event. I just love it,” she said. “I thought the kids would love it, too, and they have.”

State Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, attended with his wife and two sons, Luke, 6, and Blake, 3. He said he and his wife make a point to practice a healthy lifestyle.

“It's important to my wife and me that we live a healthy and active life not only for our own well-being, but also for the health of our two boys and their baby sister that will be here in a few weeks. We set the example for our kids to eat right and stay active,” Martin said.

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More than anything, this is about getting the word out about what people can do to make small changes in their health and their children's health.”

Traci Wells,
Healthy living director for the Cleveland County YMCA

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