Summer of Healthy Living Comes to a Successful Close
An incredible summer at the YMCA of Orange County has come to an end and the highlight of our afterschool programs throughout the county was no doubt our super successful service learning project. Program leaders and kids were challenged to fulfill a physical and educational promise for this year’s summer service learning project, “A Million Minutes of Health”.
In an effort to create an environment of overall health and aid in the fight against childhood obesity, our childcare kids worked all summer long to accumulate 1,000,000 minutes of educational and physical activity. Each week during our 10 week summer program, the kids were introduced to a new theme and new activities that encouraged them to think positive and focus on living a healthy and active lifestyle. Examples of weekly themes included leadership, exploration, celebration, heart smart, and more!
Throughout the summer our program directors and staff discussed topics like the benefits of water and making healthy food choices, along with how to walk a mile without even realizing it. For instance, a 40 minute grocery shopping trip is equivalent to walking 1 mile and can burn about 100 calories. Not only do the kids benefit from this new information but they can then share it with their parents so that the entire family is more knowledgeable and supportive of living a healthy lifestyle.
So how did the kids do? In the ten weeks of summer fun that was filled with sports, cooking, engineering, science, and weekly field trips, our YMCA summer day camp participants accumulated a total of… 6,497,402 MINUTES! Congratulations to all of them and our YMCA child care staff for completing an amazing summer and shattering the 1 million minute goal for this service learning project.
For more information including descriptions of the weekly themes and pictures click here.
Read about more YMCA service learning projects throughout the year.