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Spring has sprung at the Mattoon Area Family YMCA! On Saturday, April 27, the Mattoon YMCA and the Neal Center YMCA will participate in our annual Healthy Kids Day from 9 a.m. until noon. Healthy Kids Day is our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

For nearly 30 years, Healthy Kids Day at the Y has been an annual tradition of inviting all youth and their families, regardless of membership status, to play, explore, learn and access healthy snacks at no charge.

Many local businesses will have vendor booths available at both locations with information and prizes for families in attendance. We are grateful for the support of Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Illinois and First Neighbor Bank.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, from 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States. That’s about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents. About one in five of those people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

It’s hard to enjoy your summer around the water if you are constantly worried about your child’s safety. You can help protect them by enrolling them in swim lessons at the Mattoon YMCA or Neal Center YMCA through April 27. The next session runs from April 29 through June 22. An outdoor session at Lytle Pool in Mattoon will also be held from June 17 through June 28. More information is available online at www.mattoonymca.org.

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