April 1, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 13 SCHOOLS & CAMPS Obesity in children has reached epidemic proportions, and experts agree that children are not overweight just because they are eating too much. They are overweight because they are not physically active. A summer experience at camp is the perfect prescription for keeping children active and healthy. “It is more important than ever for our youth to be physically active when they are not in school,” stated Marla Coleman, president of the American Camping Association. “In the camp community, children and youth participate in healthy activities that contribute to the growth of healthy habits.” Camps, because they are rooted in experiential learning, provide opportunities for children to exercise and stay physically fit that are not available in school—and are certainly not available watching TV or playing video games. “Going to camp changed everything for me. I lost weight, I feel good about myself, and I don’t want to sit on the couch all the time. I can’t wait to go again next summer,” said Brandon, an 11-year-old camper from Indiana. Camp: A perfect prescription for healthy, active kids According to the American Obesity Association, 35 percent of parents rated their children’s school programs for teaching good patterns of eating and physical activity to prevent obesity as less than optimal. In a recent survey conducted by the AOA, 70 percent of parents believe that time for recess and physical education should not be reduced or eliminated; the reality is that many school districts are paring their programs to make more time for academics. “Active children are rarely obese children,” Coleman continued. “The healthy eating habits and appreciation for physical activity learned at camp are lessons that are learned for a lifetime.” Find the camp of your choice by registering early. 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