Texas A & M -- "Kids' Camp: Fun, Food, Fitness"

Community Nutrition Education February 08, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Children making a healthy recipe during a summer camp.

 

The Hopkins County Community Health/Wellness Alliance completed the fifth year for “Kids’ Camp: Fun, Food, Fitness”, targeting Sulphur Springs students in grades 1 thru 4.  Components of the camp are nutrition (lots of hands-on activities), physical activity (including Walk Across Texas), and gardening (led by Master Gardeners).  The camp is a 4-week, 3-days-per-week, summer camp, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Volunteers assisting Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in implementation of the camp include Department of State Health Services staff, Community Action Network staff, High School Blue Blaze Drill Team, community partners, Master Gardeners, Master Wellness Volunteers, and Family & Consumer Sciences Committee members.

Evaluations indicated that students:

  1. Could identify the five food groups
  2. Understood the importance of eating breakfast
  3. Learned that they need 60 minutes of physical activity every day
  4. Indicated that they would replicate the recipes at home
  5. Understood the importance of limiting sugary beverages and snacks

48 students enrolled in the summer camp program.

For more information about the program, contact Johanna Hicks at jshicks@ag.tamu.edu 

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