06/22/2007

WVU Offers Camp NEW You July 22 to August 3

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University has created a new summer camp to help young people and their parents practice lifestyle changes that will enable them to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Camp NEW You focuses on increased physical activity and good nutrition and targets 11-14 year olds.

Camp NEW You, which refers to nutrition, exercise, and weight management, is a joint effort between the Department of Pediatrics in the WVU School of Medicine and the School of Physical Education.

The camp will be held on the WVU campus and other recreational areas in Morgantown from July 22 through August 3. Additional family workshops will be held throughout the year.

“Camp NEW You is a family based camp,“ said Emily Murphy, a researcher in the department of pediatrics. “We’re working with parents to change the home environment. One of our goals is to get parents and children to work together.”

Campers will learn skills in making healthier lifestyle choices and how to apply nutrition knowledge to everyday life. Daily activities include group outdoor activities, hands-on nutrition classes, educational sessions, and physical activity where campers pick a sport to play for the duration of camp. There will also be special events such as movie nights, pottery-making class, and trips to Pittsburgh.          

Trained nutritionists, physical activity experts, behavioral health experts and other specialists will lead classes and outings each day of camp.

In addition, each child will be assigned a personal lifestyle coach trained to provide support during the camp and after.

The deadline to register for the camp is Monday, July 2. The cost is $2,000, which includes the two-week summer program, the three follow-up weekends for the young campers, as well as the required participation days for their parents or legal guardians.

To be eligible to participate in the camp, children must be referred by a physician.

Children covered by PEIA will have most of their costs covered after contributing a $250 co-pay. Scholarship money, provided by the CARDIAC Project and the Mylan Foundation, is available for those with no third-party coverage.

Participants will be housed in the WVU Evansdale Residential Complex. Three meals and two snacks a day will be provided.

To obtain a registration form, physician referral form, scholarship form or for any questions, call (866) 347-4757 or visit www.cardiacwv.org.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
johnsa@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
aj: 06-22-07

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