Memorial Hospital and YMCA join forces for Healthy Kids Day

June 26, 2015

Martinsville, Va. (June 26, 2015) – On Friday, June 26, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County (MHMHC) visited the YMCA in Collinsville to teach over 150 campers about incorporating a healthy habits into their daily routine. The first annual Healthy Kids Day was a collaborative effort with help from several local and regional organizations. Susan Henderson, RN, a nurse in Cardiac Rehab at MHMHC, and Savanna Gwynn of the YMCA, organized the event. 

“The children are the future of our community, so it is essential that we reach out to them now while they are still young to instill healthy habits for the future. When we see these children as adults, we want healthy patients,” said Henderson. “As the hospital and the YMCA are already strong community partners, it was a no-brainer to hold our first Healthy Kids Day here.” 

Each child received a passport to travel through stations featuring healthy activities for different parts of the body. 

  • Healthy Teeth and Mouth: Staff from Snyder’s Orthodontics taught healthy brushing habits and provided free toothbrushes and toothpaste for each child. 
  • Healthy Heart and Lungs:  MHMHC staff demonstrated how exercise helps your heart with jump ropes provided by the American Heart Association.
  • Healthy Bones and Muscles: Members of the MHMHC therapy department showed how dancing affects your movement and joints. 
  • Healthy Nutrition: Children made nutritious gluten-free snacks emphasizing portion control with the help of Sodexo.
  • Healthy Skin: Ravenel Oncology Center manned the “Slip, Slop, Slap & Wrap” relay for skin cancer prevention.
  • Healthy Hands: MHMHC and Charity League of Martinsville & Henry County made hand washing fun with GloGerm
  • Healthy Mind: The 95210 program, a joint venture between the Coalition for Health and Wellness and YMCA, focused on healthy sleep habits through a sleeping bag relay. Debbie Seals of Piedmont Community Services encouraged children to say no to smoking, drugs, alcohol and bullying.
  • Healthy Environment: The 911 Center, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department, and the Fieldale-Collinsville Rescue Squad instructed children on how to handle emergency situations.         

 “The YMCA is very thankful and grateful for our wonderful community partner, Memorial Hospital,” said Becky Forestier, Assistant Director of the YMCA. “At the Y, we believe that it is so beneficial to teach the importance of living a healthy lifestyle at a young age, as well as to teach our young people that being healthy is also a lot of fun. Today’s event was so fun, interactive and informative! It wouldn’t have been possible without the vision and guidance from the hospital and the many other organizations that participated.”  
About Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County 

Memorial Hospital has been at the heart of the Martinsville and Henry County Community and the surrounding area providing exceptional healthcare and services to the region with a full range of services including 24/7 Emergency Care, Inpatient/Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Cancer Treatment, Wound/Hyperbaric Care, Women and Children Services, Diagnostics, Cardiology, Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorder, and Pain Management. More than 120 physicians are on the medical staff. The hospital employs more than 850 people and has more than 100 volunteers. For more information, visit www.martinsvillehospital.com.

About YMCA

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA has two local locations in Martinsville and Henry County. For more information, visit