January/MLK March—Children, adults, community leaders and more walked this event; while kids learned the importance of the event they also gained a greater appreciation for service in community related efforts.
February/Mardi Gras Parades—The Dryades Y/James M. Singleton Marching Band participated in many parades throughout the Mardi Gras season. They represented themselves and their school, but also learned that walking was great exercise.
March/YMCA Easter Egg Hunt—The Dryades Y/James M. Singleton School lower grade children took part in this event. Even though they were little, running around looking for eggs and other goodies helped even these little ones appreciate the outdoors.
April/Healthy Kids Day—This annual Y event turned out to be something unique, with a walk that spanned 1.1 miles, with 2 bands, picking up walkers in every block we were able to burn calories, promote Let’s Move! Outside and get the children interested in this initiative.
Let’s Move! Outside Summit
The Dryades YMCA Let’s Move! Outside initiative started back in 2015, when over 20 organizations came to our summit. Groups converged at the Dryades Y to network and discuss what we could all do collectively and individually, as organizations to get our children outdoors to PLAY, LEARN, SERVE AND WORK in communities around the city.
The take-away from the summit was that we all wanted to increase coordination and communication among all service providers, and develop strategies to increase awareness of and participation in outdoor programs.
Let’s Move Outside
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.