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YMCA of the East Bay Healthy Kids Day 2014 Sees 50% Increase in Participation from Last Year

YMCA of the East Bay Healthy Kids Day 2014 Sees 50% Increase in Participation from Last Year
[East Bay Area, CA, May 1, 2014] – The YMCA of the East Bay today announced that their April 26 Healthy Kids Day® festivities, a series of community events for kids and families at their Oakland, Richmond and Fremont/Newark locations, drew over 50% more participants this year than last. 

“We are especially pleased with the increase in participants this year throughout the East Bay Y facilities.  Thanks to the efforts of all our participants and volunteers, guided by our dedicated and experienced Y staff, we amplified participation and provided a healthy, fun and educational experience for the communities,” said Robert Wilkins, President & CEO of the YMCA of the East Bay.

More than 1,200 Y members and community participants celebrated Healthy Kids Day® by participating in circuit exercise stations, family fitness classes, jumpers, a triathlon, informational health fairs and more.

Community partners included  Lifelong (who performed blood pressure checks),  Oakland Children’s HospitalThe Oakland MuseumEast Bay Regional Parks, Lifelong,  YMCA Camping Services, the  Oakland Library (with a book giveaway),  Fremont Healthy Start InitiativeTri-City HealthKaiser PermanenteMaster Gardener (with a tomato plant giveaway) and more.

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y holds Healthy Kids Day (a national Y initiative) to teach healthy habits and inspire a lifetime love of being healthy from head to toe. The Y aims to build on the incredible potential inside each and every kid.

The YMCA of the East Bay, a local expert in the pillars of healthy living, continually encourages the foundations of health by providing kids the education and outlets to engage in active play, get together and building strong relationships, enjoy the outdoors and make healthy eating choices.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.ymca.net/healthy-kids-day/ AND   http://www.ymcaeastbay.org/

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About the East Bay Y System: 

The YMCA of the East Bay is one of Northern California's largest non-profit trainers and deployers of volunteers.  Last year, the East Bay YMCA trained more than 500 volunteers in programs ranging from childcare to teen enrichment, health and wellness and cultural harmony.  With nine branches and almost 50 childcare centers in operation from Fremont to the Yolo County, the East Bay YMCA Association also has the largest geographic reach of any YMCA operation in North America.  Formed as a 501 (c) (3) corporation on July 20, 1879, the not-for-profit East Bay YMCA operates branches in downtown Oakland, Fremont, Newark, Hayward, Castro Valley, Richmond, and Dublin, as well as camps in Livermore, Pescadero (San Mateo County) and Redway (Humboldt County).  All locations are for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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