The Americana YMCA aims to inspire more youth to keep their minds and bodies active by hosting Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.

Healthy Kids Day on April 25 will feature games, healthy cooking demonstrations, health screenings and other activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home, according to a news release.

Celebrated at nearly 1,300 YMCAs across the country, the initiative intends to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long — a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health, the release said.

“When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles or gaps that prevent them from reaching their full potential related to hunger, water safety, learning, safe spaces to play and overall health,” the release said.

“Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide ‘hop the gap’ and achieve more, providing a safe place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships. The Y is so much more than sports, swimming, gymnastics and a place for kids to hang out,” said Kristen Hogan, Marketing Director, YMCA of the Capital Area. “We support families in their efforts to instill healthy habits at home and know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge. So at Healthy Kids Day, we’ll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long and give families tips they can easily replicate at home.”

The Americana YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary, invites youth and families to Healthy Kids Day, a free event open to the community.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., fun sports activities, an obstacle course, arts and science activities, storytime, nutrition and cooking lessons, stretching and yoga lessons, tennis and aquatics games, door prizes and more will be featured.

Members of the Zachary fire and police departments will be present as well.

For information, call (225) 654-9622 or visit