Red Cross to Present at YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Red Cross to Present at YMCA Healthy Kids Day
A nationwide initiative hosted by the YMCA that encourages kids to be physically and intellectually active

The American Red Cross Northeastern New York Chapter (ARCNENY) will attend Healthy Kids Day, a nationwide initiative hosted by the YMCA that encourages kids to be physically and intellectually active, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Albany YMCA and Troy YMCA.

“The Red Cross Preparedness team is partnering with the Capital Region YMCA to spread awareness about a safe and healthy lifestyle to kids through fun and interactive activities,” said Julie Parlato, Regional Preparedness Associate for ARCNENY.

The Albany YMCA and Troy YMCA are holding activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to encourage kids to get a jump start on being active as the summer approaches. ARCNENY will be attending the event to offer three programs presented by the Disaster and Preparedness Team: Scrubby Bear, Masters of Disaster and Citizen CPR.

The Scrubby Bear presentation provides children with plenty of interactive activities while teaching them about germs and proper hygiene, mainly educating kids on the importance of hand washing. Children will hear a story about Scrubby Bear, be amazed by the “glo-germs” a black light picks up, receive a “Scrubby Bear Clean Hands Club” membership card and will learn the Scrubby Bear hand washing song. All these activities will improve children’s knowledge and hygiene.

The Masters of Disaster program teaches how to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies. This interactive student and family focused program contains information that encourages families to develop a “culture of safety” at home in the event of any type of disaster. The curriculum allows children to gain confidence in effectively dealing with emergencies geared toward their age group.

The Citizen CPR program teaches the public a modified version of CPR, demonstrating hands-only resuscitation. It is a non-certificate program that teaches easy and effective compressions which could improve the chances of saving a life. The program lasts for 15 minutes and is for people age 10 and up.

About Healthy Kids Day:

More than 1,900 YMCA’s across the country are taking part in Healthy Kids Day, holding free community events that are open to all kids and families and filled with fun, active play and educational opportunities. For more information, please visit Healthy Kids Day.

About the YMCA:

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit Capital District YMCA.