• Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA of West San Gabriel Valley


    Alan Hernandez leads West SGV youth in productive exercise.

    Alan Hernandez leads West SGV youth in productive exercise.

    by Winston Chua

    ALHAMBRA – The YMCA of the West San Gabriel Valley celebrated their fourth annual Healthy Kids Day at their Alhambra location Saturday morning, part of a nationwide effort to have young people become more aware of the importance of healthy lifestyles. More than 1,600 YMCAs nationwide participated in Healthy Kids Day, the nationwide initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

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    The YMCA of the West San Gabriel Valley offered some 400 to 500 people, both young and old, tips on how to live healthier lifestyles. Volunteers surrounded the outdoor area adjacent to the main building with fresh fruits, a push-up contest, a bounce house, face painting, martial arts demonstrations, an art area and safety tips from both the Alhambra police and fire departments.

    “This event is designed to promote the health and wellness of youth,” explained YMCA of the West San Gabriel Valley Executive Director Valarie Gomez. “We’re here to guide them and give them all the support they need.”

    YMCA volunteers also provided free fitness assessments, body-fat analyses, cardio assessments, stretch tests, upper body tests and invitations to encourage physical activity beyond Saturday’s event.

    “This day is all about health, nutrition, fitness and steering kids away from technology screens,” said Patricia Foltyn. “It’s about getting kids outside and having them go beyond technology.”

    From July 19 to 26 the Y is once again inviting kids to participate in Camp Ta Ta Pochon this summer. For more than 90 years the camp has served to promote friendships, healthy lifestyles and fun.

    “The camp will provide social skills, friendship, cooperation and help youth in their physical, social and mental growth,” added Foltyn. “It gives kids a chance to be one with nature. Ta Ta Pochon means a ‘place of everlasting friendship.’” 101_8858

    Also on hand this weekend were representatives from local government (Alhambra Councilwoman Barbara Messina and San Gabriel Mayor John Harrington) and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.

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