WSSU Summer Camp Combats Childhood Obesity
Summary: The Rams Fitness Academy, a summer camp for children 10 to 12 years old from low-income families, is wrapping up its last week at WSSU.
The Rams Fitness Academy, a summer camp for children 10 to 12 years old from low-income families, is wrapping up its last week at Winston-Salem State University. The camp is designed to combat childhood obesity among the 80 campers by having the children attending participate in a variety of physical activities and interactive sessions to improve their health literacy. Parents also attend weekly classes as part of the program.
The free camp is a research-based initiative funded by a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Cynthia Williams Brown, chair of the WSSU Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences, is the principal investigator for “Childhood Health and Obesity Initiative: Communities Engaged for Success”
The camp will be going on next week from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on July 21 through July 25, 2014 at Whitaker Gym on the WSSU Campus.
“Childhood obesity is an issue that should be addressed at the community level,” said Brown. “As a research project, we want to determine if this type of camp works well for this age group.” - said Cynthia Williams Brown.
Categories: Community Connections, Health and Wellness, Youth Programs