This year Healthy Kids Day sprang into action with the launch of our newest initiative, Y on Wheels, through which we bring the YMCA into the community. We also partnered with Military Park to move our annual event into greener pastures, as they agreed to allow us to utilize the park for many of our activities. Our partners showed their support by participating as informational vendors. These partners included Whole Foods, Blaze Pizza, Habitat for Humanity, Jump Start, Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Girl Scouts of New Jersey, University Hospital, Greater Newark Conservancy, Newark Public Library, Newark Museum and many more. In order to promote economic wellness we gave local businesses the opportunity to sell their merchandise in our market. We also had live performances from local artists and a special appearance by the NJ Devils Mascot. Over 500 youth and families enjoyed bouncy houses, games, the NIKE obstacle course challenge, Y Spa Party, arts & crafts and the Whole Foods Y Master Chef Challenge. Plus, Military Park provided tickets for attendees to ride their carousel. Staff members, UPS and Jump Start volunteers and the whole community enjoyed a day of food, entertainment, activities and healthy fun.