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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

YMCA promotes children’s healthy lifestyle habits

YMCA promotes children’s healthy lifestyle habits

By Lindsay Starr Platt, Harker Heights Evening Star

The Armed Services YMCA in Harker Heights opened its doors to the community Saturday to for its annual Healthy Kids Day event. This was the sixteenth year for the event that’s mission is to teach healthy lifestyle habits to children and parents. Local businesses and services in the health and safety field were on site with booths, displays and samples for attendees.

“Saturday’s event was a success. It was our first time to hold Healthy Kid’s Day in one of our branches, so we were unsure how many people and children would attend. We had about over a hundred children come through our building,” said Lindsey Tye, program director, Armed Services YMCA.  “Next year we will be able to host this event in our new building so hopefully we will have even more attend.”

When attendees registered at the front of the building for the event they were given t-shirts for the children and a goody bag filled with flyers and brochures of Armed Services YMCA’s events coming up. The highlights of the day was the bounce house, face painting, recreational activities and hot dogs all provided free of charge to attendees.

Other local branches of the Armed Services YMCA joined up to help with the event also. Copperas Cove Armed Services YMCA was on hand to share tips on staying fit and eating well and had nutrition flyers to pass out to those interested.

Children could be seen enjoying healthy snacks, such as nuts and fresh cut vegetables as they played checkers, blocks and video games in the recreation room of the center.

“We are thankful to our vendors; Killeen Police Department, TriCare Dental Care, Operation Kid Comfort and the Air Force for coming out and sharing valuable information to the children and parents,” commented Tye.

The Healthy Kids Day event was perfect timing for the Armed Services YMCA to announce it’s upcoming summer programs, camps and swimming lessons. Giving parents some time before summer is here to plan what they have lined up for their children for the summer holiday.

“This was a great success, we had a great turn-out,” said Trisha Betts, customer service, Armed Services YMCA. “Thanks to our public servants and volunteers, so many volunteers came out.”

Also on display was the 2015 Ford Mustang donated by Automax, that is slated to be raffled off on June 13, 2015.  The Armed Services YMCA is raffling off a brand new 2015 Mustang for only $20 a ticket. You can purchase tickets at any Armed Services YMCA facility or at Automax in Killeen.

Proceeds will benefit the Armed Services YMCA Building Fund. For more information call (254) 634-5445.

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