Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA reopens during Healthy Kids Day SanTan Sun News

Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA reopens during Healthy Kids Day

May 13th, 2017 | by SanTan Sun News
Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA reopens during Healthy Kids Day
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By SanTan Sun News Staff

The Valley of the Sun YMCA is making a splash in Chandler while trying to educate youths about water safety.

As part of the 26th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, 10 out of 14 Valley YMCA branch swimming pools are now open, with five of them having reopened for the season on April 29. One of those five that reopened is in Chandler. May is National Water Safety Month.

Healthy Kids Day was a chance to urge parents to get their kids active physically and mentally, rather than spending their summers not doing anything. More than a million participants were expected to get involved in Healthy Kids Day, making it one of the country’s biggest health days for children.

Family swim time was a feature of the pool reopenings at the YMCAs in Chandler, Christown, East Valley, Glendale and Scottsdale/Paradise Valley. Other YMCAs in the Valley have year-round pools in Ahwatukee, Copper Basin, Desert Foothills, Lincoln Downtown and the Southwest Valley.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for children ages one to 14. The CDC also says it’s the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for people of all ages in this country.

“Warm weather is on the way, which means many families will be heading to beaches, pools, lakes and waterparks during the summer,” said Jackie Morgan, executive director of leadership and risk management for the Valley of the Sun YMCA. “The Y is ‘America’s Swim Instructor’ and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.”

The Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA is at 1655 W. Frye Road. To learn more, visit valleyymca.org/chandler-gilbert

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