New York Junior League Volunteers Participate in Healthy Kids’ Day at Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA
On Saturday, April 25, several New York Junior League community committees sponsored Healthy Kids’ Day in partnership with the Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Healthy Kids’ Day, an annual, national initiative of the YMCA to improve the health and well-being of kids, is a day filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their kids’ lifestyles for the long term.
Seven NYJL Community committees came together to participated in this year’s Healthy Kids’ Day including: Cancer Awareness and Support, CHAMP, CHEF, Da Vinci Explorers, DIAD, DIAD-On Demand,and Steps to Success. Throughout the day, each committee hosted fun and interactive stations designed to educate children and families about their health and the importance of maintaining healthy habits throughout childhood and on into adulthood.
The Junior League volunteers facilitated the following stations:
Cancer Awareness and Support: While explaining the risks of sun exposure and importance of skin cancer prevention, volunteers helped children design their sun visor to shield their faces from the sun.
CHAMP: CHAMP committee volunteers helped children to understand the importance of healthy relationships with the creation of a “Healthy Relationship Tree.” They also hosted a trivia game with jeopardy style questions relating to nutrition, problem solving and tobacco education.
CHEF: NYJL Sustainer Maria Reina, a professional chef, hosted a cooking demo in the state-of-the-art Grosvenor House kitchen, to show kids and their families how they can cook their own healthy snacks at home. With the assistance of CHEF volunteers, children had the opportunity to make their own snack of quinoa and sautéed vegetables. CHEF also hosted an activity station in the gymnasium in which children participated in yoga, dancing and other physical activities.
Da Vinci Explorers: Da Vinci Explorers committee volunteers helped children and their families to plant seeds in small pots so that they could grow their own food at home. The children then decorated their pots with chalk, stickers and stamps.
DIAD: DIAD provided each of the children who attended the event with a free goodie bag filled with healthy snacks and items that will help contribute to a healthy lifestyle including: sunscreen, toothbrushes and toothpaste and water.
DIAD-OD: DIAD-OD provided volunteers from around the League to host the ever-popular face painting station. Volunteers had a great time interacting with the children and exercising their creativity in the process.
Steps to Success: Drawing on their expertise in career development, the Steps to Success committee gave children the opportunity to envision themselves in a future career, and discussed the steps they need to take to secure their dream job. Volunteers created a photo booth in which kids had their picture taken dressed in outfits for their future career and then worked with the children to decorate the frame around their photo.
Sara Burke, Children’s Education Management Council Head, said, “We were thrilled to bring together so many Junior League volunteers from across the Community Councils to help children and their families understand the importance staying healthy and active at Healthy Kids’ Day. It was so rewarding to see the faces of the children light up as they visited the creative and interactive stations that the NYJL committees hosted.”