Hundreds of children and families from Santa Monica are expected to celebrate the 14th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9th, at the Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 Sixth St., Santa Monica.

The theme of the event is “Put Play in Your Day.” The event is free and open to the public.

This year, more than 1,250 YMCAs nationwide will participate in YMCA Healthy Kids Day events.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day activities at the Santa Monica Family YMCA will include youth activities, an open house and a “family fun time.” One-on-one basketball, arts and crafts and parent-child dance-off are also planned.

YMCA brochures with tips for raising healthy children will be available.

“With nine million U.S. children overweight — more than double the percentage in 1980 — increasing the levels of physical activity in the lives of our children is a critical component of this country’s efforts to fight childhood obesity,” Santa Monica Family YMCA officials say.

“The Santa Monica Family YMCA is committed to helping these young people get healthier through active play and creating a whole-family approach to healthy living.”

Information, (310) 393-2721 ext. 107.

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