Healthy habits are best learned when you are young. Teaching children to have positive hobbies to occupy their time, to be active and play sports, and to learn how to put together healthy meals for themselves are all important to help them avoid peer pressures as they get older and for them to be healthy both physically and mentally. On this note, it was extremely rewarding to spend a Saturday teaching kids healthy habits and putting smiles on their faces while doing so. I participated in a Done in a Day Junior League volunteer event that involved face painting for kids at the Grosvenor YMCA at 105th street and Amsterdam Avenue.
Healthy Kids Day is sponsored by the New York Junior League and the YMC A employees that has healthy events from 8am to 5pm. It is an event that teaches kids to be active with tennis, karate, soccer, and basketball demos. There are also heart healthy and no smoking activity tables to teach kids good health habits. Kids can learn to put together healthy meals at the healthy salad creations table, participate in a healthy cooking demo, and get their faces painted. My team was assigned the face painting and oh my, what fun it was! From butterflies to bumblebees to tigers to Spiderman - the kids all knew what they wanted and got what they asked for . Take a look at my creations – from TigerMan to Spiderman to butterflies to Rainbow Brite! I started getting competitive with myself about creating the best face painting creations for the little ones. And how cute that these kids went into character after seeing themselves in the mirror!!!
I wasn’t alone… thank you to the employees at the YMCA and my fellow Junior League volunteers for helping to make a brighter day and healthier future for these kids!