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Healthy Kids Day seeks to keep families active during summer

Seven-year-old Declan Roberts, of Quincy, learns how to shoot a bow with the help of Amy Lefringhouse, executive director of Gardner Camp, during the Healthy Kids Day event Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Quincy Family YMCA. The event, sponsored by the Quincy Family YMCA and the Adams County Health Department, offered children a number of free, healthful activities, as well as nutrition advice. | H-W Photo/Phil Carlson
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 21, 2018 5:55 pm

QUINCY -- Archery is something Amy Lefringhouse knows will grab their attention.

Using foam-tipped arrows, Gardner Camp set up a booth Saturday to give kids an opportunity to try something different at Healthy Kids Day at the Quincy Family YMCA.

"There's a lot of little kids here today, so it's easy, fun and different," said Lefringhouse, executive director of Gardner Camp. "It's something they can't do each day. It gets them excited about getting outside and doing some fun things."

Gardner Camp was one of the more than dozen groups and vendors that were offering ways to keep kids and their families active and safe this summer. Games and demonstrations were available for the families in attendance. About 200 kids had already visited just before noon.

Gardner Camp, which is outside of Hull, works with many youth organizations to participate in various outdoor education activities.

"They're probably down there two or three days a week at Gardner Camp," Lefringhouse said. "We do things like archery, hiking, and we catch frogs and things like that. They have a good time, just getting outdoors."

Hosted by the YMCA and the Adams County Health Department, Healthy Kids Day is part of a nationwide initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. It serves as a reminder not to let children sit idle during the summer days but instead, focus on physical and mental play.

Nearly 1.2 million participants nationwide took part in games, healthy cooking demonstration and arts and crafts.

"This year we're blessed, because last year it down poured," said Christy Fuller, the after school coordinator and summer camp director at the Quincy Family YMCA. "This is a nice change."

Fuller knows the benefits of staying active during the summer, as she sees it with the kids enrolled in summer camp.

"They go out on field trips during the day, they go swimming every day, and in the morning, they do group activities based on the theme for the week," Fuller said.

"It's just a lot of fun. Pretty much everyone you see at Healthy Kids Day will be active at camp as well."

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