April 30, 2013 > Healthy Kids Day
Healthy Kids Day
Streets around the Fremont campus of DeVry University were closed to automobiles on Saturday morning, April 27, but there was plenty of traffic. With high spirits and [for some] a steady pace, a large group of runners, walkers and those who did a bit of both, set off on the YMCA Healthy Kids Day 5K Fun Run/Walk. Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison commended participants and sponsors as the free, fun filled day of activities began.
Designed to promote the strengthening of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, major sponsors of the event included Fremont/Newark YMCA, DeVry University (Fremont Campus) and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. DeVry Director of Admissions Daniel Cardenas was impressed with the turnout. He commented that DeVry is committed to quality education and healthy lifestyles in the greater Tri-City area and the Healthy Kids Day 5K Fun Run/Walk is just one way that the university supports the community.
Participants were rewarded with medals and Healthy Kids Day Festival activities - booths and music - by community organizations that promote inclusion in community affairs and healthy lifestyles. Created by the YMCA, the event is held to help families build healthier lifestyles and create stronger bonds through active play, fun activities and shared experiences. The "Y" believes that kids and families should have the opportunity to make healthy choices and have access to resources that help them achieve greater health and wellness for their spirit, mind and body.
All proceeds from the 5K Fun Run/Walk will be used to provide financial assistance to children and families who otherwise cannot afford to participate in Fremont/Newark YMCA programs.
DeVry hosted post-race refreshments and activities as well as an open house of the campus to acquaint the community with the DeVry experience.