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YMCA Healthy Kids
The YMCA Healthy Living Center offers the Healthy Kids program to help families develop positive behaviors and adopt healthier lifestyles. The program helps children and their parents learn to make regular physical activity and healthy food choices part of their daily routines. Through interactive learning and activities for both children and parents, Healthy Kids provides the foundation for healthy homes.
Ages: Children ages 7-12 years (a guardian must attend)
When and Where: After registering, you can begin the ongoing program by attending Healthy Kids orientation on the first or third Monday of each month. After attending orientation, you will join one of three locations offering the program; each with different meeting dates.
- YMCA Healthy Living Center, 12493 University Ave., Clive – Thursdays, 6-7 p.m.; and Crestview Elementary, 8355 Franklin Ave., Clive – Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Ankeny Family YMCA, 1102 North Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny – Thursdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m.; and Northwest Elementary, 1202 W. First St., Ankeny – Tuesdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m.
- John R. Grubb YMCA, 1611 11th St., Des Moines – Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
Cost: Free for YMCA members. For non-members, the cost is $30 per family for the first 12 weeks, which includes a family membership good at all YMCA of Greater Des Moines locations.
Referrals can be made through Mercy pediatricians, or by calling the YMCA Healthy Living Center at (515) 645-3340 to register.
Car Seat Fit Stations
In Iowa, 9 out of 10 child safety seas are installed incorrectly. Some of Mercy Children's Hospital & Clinics staff members are certified child passenger safety technicians and volunteer at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station each month. It is requested that parents try to install their child's safety seat prior to arrival. Visit one of the upcoming Fit Station events to make sure your child's safety seat is installed correctly.
Bob Brown Chevrolet, 3600 111th St., Urbandale