Now that blistering hot temperatures are on their way, the YMCA wants to get the word out that physical activity and edification should be the emphasis of every child’s months-long summer vacation. 

On April 28, the YMCA of Northern Utah is holding an event in Park City as part of the nationwide Healthy Kids Day. This national initiative aims to get dormant children out of the house during those crucial summer months, which can be plagued by chronic, education-less inactivity. 

Not only does vegging out affect a child’s physical health, it can also adversely affect his or her academic skill. We can all vouch for that—the feeling of coming back to school in September and not knowing the most basic math equations from the last year.

Healthy Kids Day is fighting to stop that. The event, being held this coming Saturday, will take place at Jeremy Ranch Elementary School (3050 Rasmussen Road, Park City) from 1 to 4 p.m. 

With the entire family invited, the YMCA will have activities like a fun run, cooking demonstrations, scavenger hunts, and the like. To get more info about the event, visit ymcautah.org/events/healthy-kids-day-2012.