Healthy Kids Day, an annual initiative celebrated by YMCAs across the nation, focuses on improving the health and well-being of kids through fun activities and learning experiences. The G. Cecil Pruett Community YMCA, at 151 Waleska St. in Canton celebrated with Zumba classes, face painting, a petting zoo, sponsors who promote healthy living and more.

“Healthy Kids Day is a day for families to have fun together and for kids to learn better and healthier habits,” said Dave Andrews, Executive Director of the Canton YMCA. “It is truly the essence of the YMCA.”

As a supporter of kids safety and well-being, on Healthy Kids Day the local YMCA presented Peggy Moore, representative of Aidan’s Emergency Services, with an AED (automated external defibrillator) for use within her foundation.

Aidan’s Emergency Services, strives to place AEDs at all youth sports facilities and to provide training in CPR/AED to all coaches and volunteers within those facilities. Moore said the donated AED will be given to Mikado Baptist Church in Macon for its Upward sports teams. Moore will also be training their staff on how to use the AED as well as in CPR. For more information visit

The Healthy Kids Day events included reptile shows, where kids could learn and experience reptiles; a family Zumba class, so families could get fit together; snack wars, where kids went head to head competing for who could make the best healthy snack, a petting zoo, a DJ, a photo booth, a bounce house, a balloon artist, face painting, Tiger Rock martial arts demonstrations and sponsored tables.

Reflecting its Judeo-Christian heritage, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta is an association of volunteers, members and staff, open to and serving all, with programs and services which build spirit, mind, and body. Financial assistance is available based on need. The YMCA actively seeks to identify and involve those in need. For more information, visit

Born and raised in the Canton/ Woodstock area, a graduate of Reinhardt University and a lover of life.

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