The 2015 YMCA Healthy Kids Report revealed that parents are finding it difficult to set a healthy example for their children with 85 per cent stating it takes effort to be a healthy role model. Nationally, 35 per cent of parents do not think their 6-12 year old is getting enough physical activity per week. To encourage families to get out and be active, YMCA celebrates Healthy Kids Day – a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids across the country.
Milwaukee Bucks Point Guard and 2015 YMCA Healthy Kids spokesperson, Tyler Ennis. Photo: NBA
The study revealed that parents feel they are the most important influence on their young children; however, only a few identify themselves as healthy role models. Additional findings from the report found that while parents know where to find programs and services that promote active and healthy living, 54 per cent do not have the time or money to access them.
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YMCA Healthy Kids Report 2014
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