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Every Kid Healthy Week is a no-go, so parents need to step up

AIESHA BANKS • Apr 23, 2020 at 10:30 PM

Due to the Centers for Disease Control guidelines on slowing the spread of COVID-19, the schools are no longer hosting Every Kid Healthy Week events this year. Healthy Kingsport encourages parents and guardians to focus on promoting health and well-being at home.

Every Kid Healthy Week is observed in the last week of April every year. It’s formed to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. The week spotlights efforts schools make to improve the health and wellness of their students and to highlight the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning. Studies have shown that healthy kids are better prepared to learn.

KIDS UNDER PRESSURE

Health and educational injustices persist across the country, as children in underserved communities face more significant health and safety risks daily. One in three children is overweight or obese. And youth today feel more pressure than ever, with one in five children under age 17 diagnosed with a mental, emotional or behavioral condition.

Parents and caregivers are the key to unlock more excellent health and well-being for kids. We can collectively work together to set the right course for our children’s future by taking action that will ensure every child to be supported in leading a healthy lifestyle. Our next generation of children will grow up to be the best and brightest adults America has ever seen. Think about it; our entire country will reap the benefits.

Remember, during these trying times, it is essential to stay healthy during virtual learning, so practice Every Kid Healthy Week every day.

HEALTHY KIDS DAY RESCHEDULED?

The YMCA was offering Healthy Kids Day on April 18, but that event has been rescheduled to a tentative date in July. Healthy Kids Day is a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

This event features various activities, games and food from local vendors designed to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months. Check out the YMCA of Great Kingsport’s social media or website for more information: www.ymcakpt.org.

FOLLOW HEALTHY KINGSPORT

Keeping our readers mentally active is our goal! Healthy Kingsport’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts will be ramping up the effort to help people who are staying at home. Our social media platforms will also educate you to stay active, be engaged and eat well.

Healthy Kingsport is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a community that actively embraces healthy living by promoting wellness, enhancing infrastructure and influencing policy.

Aiesha Banks is the executive director of Healthy Kingsport. She can be reached at abanks@healthykingsport.org.

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