April 5, 2008, was the 16th annual Healthy Kids Day at the Fall River YMCA as it opened its doors for a free, fun-filled day of activities designed to promote healthy kids and families. "We invite everyone in to try out what we have to offer," noted staff member Mike Mahoney. "This year, Zumba is really popular," he added. Other events included  face painting, rock wall climbing, basketball and yoga. Launching this year on April 12, 2008, is Healthy Family Home, a program to help families in any community incorporate healthier habits at home. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is also part of Activate America®, an innovative public health initiative of the YMCA movement that is making healthy living a reality for millions of Americans. The Fall River Y runs a variety of programs six days a week in their downtown  location, each of which promote a healthy body, mind and spirit. Click here to see last year's event. For more information about programs at the Fall River Y, call 508-675-7841 or click here to see a schedule.

(Top row, left) Fitness instructor Kristy Tripp helps eight-year-old Hunter Javier try his hand at rock wall climbing as his five-year-old brother Matthew waits with his mother. (Middle row) Ten-year-old twins Kelsey and Allison Pereira try out some Zumba dance moves with their mother, Tracy, as Fitness Instructor Tabitha Genvreau leads the group. (Bottom row, left) Seven-year-old Alek Pelletier has his face painted by Preschool Play Group Instructor Alex Cormier. (Bottom row, center) While Even Start Coordinator Angela Bofi assists a visitor, Lisa and Xavier Darby wait while their mother fills out a raffle ticket. (Bottom row, right) Two-year-old Christopher Dozois gets to shoot some baskets while his mother, Elizabeth, of Fall River, holds him up.

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