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The McGaw YMCA invites the community to Healthy Kids Day from 9 a.m. to noon on April 17, an event that aims to get kids and families excited about health and well-being. The annual event is free and open to everyone, and will feature activities and demonstrations for all ages.

 Highlights include a rock climbing wall, bounce house, and the YMCA Camp Echo favorite, “Gaga” – the next evolutionary step of dodgeball, played safely but enthusiastically.  Families can also try kickboxing and Zumba, play tug-o-war, try the high jump, complete a stationary bike challenge and more. Healthy snacks will be on hand, including samples from Evanston’s Noodles & Company and a granola assembly bar.

“The Y wants to do everything it can to support families in being active, and a great place to start that is with kids,” says Kim Jass, senior director of health  and wellness. 

 Sarita Gardner, health and wellness manager, adds, “People have jobs, they are busy, schedules are hectic – we want to show families fun ways they can still be active on a regular basis as well as provide a chance to try some new things that people might not have at home.”

 In support of the active-living goals encouraged by the McGaw YMCA, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has said she will declare the week of April 12 as Healthy Kids Week at the April 13 City Council. The event will take place in McGaw’s Sebring-Lewis Center at 1000 Grove St.

 For more information about Healthy Kids Day and other McGaw YMCA programs, visit