Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Summer camps help kids get fit while having fun

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The growing number of overweight children has fostered a small but vigorous burst of summer weight-loss camps opening across the country. And while I endorse these programs for children who have been 20-30 pounds overweight for the past year or more ... I'd love to see more parents encouraging activity before such drastic measures are needed .

Today, kids can choose among adrenaline-pumping, action-packed camps that teach rock-climbing, surfing, and white-water rafting. They can master basketball or tennis with world-class college coaches, or they can bike their way up and down mountains in Montana -- at these camps, children improve their fitness levels while learning skills, gaining confidence, and making friends -- they don't even realize they are exercising. And, really isn't that what you want for your kids? I feel that promoting an active lifestyle is much more beneficial than sending kids off to weight-loss camps (unless it's the only option.)

Summer camps are suppose to be fun, and sadly, weight-loss camps -- while needed -- are more often a reminder to kids of their bigger issues and when they leave, they have the added pressure to sustain their weight loss at home.

So, to help your children get in shape, before they get out of it, I've found a list of camps at that will help you to find the perfect place for your child.

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