BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – For working parents, it’s challenging to make sure kids are staying active throughout the day, especially now that school is out.
One summer camp is addressed the problem of obesity by giving youngsters several different activities to keep them physically active.
The Let’s Move Birmingham camp is all about being active.
The five to 13-year-olds are having a blast at the McAlpine Recreation Center.
However, it’s not all fun and games at the camp, and Bria Washington recognizes that.
“I like it. It’s a cool camp. You explore more than any other rec camp,” Washington said. “You get to exercise, which children these days need.”
To help combat the growing issue of childhood obesity, the nine-week camp starts each day with physical fitness.
After that, though, the instruction begins.
“The kids get to engage in gym hockey, playground instruction, [and] we have Spanish available,” Cleo Clency said.
Lessons on swimming, nutrition and line dancing are available as well.
More importantly, the camp provides lessons of self-beauty, of vital self-worth.
The recreation center’s director, Cleo Clency, says the essential principles of life should be taught at an early age.
“This is a service learning project. So, it’s a balance of exercise and education on cognitive levels,” Clency said. “It’s very important that the kids learn and obtain the information that we’re putting and presenting to them.”
Some spots are still available.
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