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Campers wanted for seventh annual Kamp K’aana program

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital are recruiting campers for the seventh year of their fun-based, weight management summer camp program, Kamp K'aana.

The camp is a comprehensive and fun weight management program for children ages 10 to 14. The two-week, sleep away camp includes activities such as swimming, horseback riding, pedal carts, soccer, basketball, lake fun, paint ball, ropes courses, a rock wall and zip lining.

In addition, for one hour a day, children receive a lesson taught by health educators using a curriculum designed by a multi-disciplinary team of experts on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle. A healthy meal plan including a new fruit or vegetable is served each day.

Parents take part in education sessions on the first and last days of camp. Additionally, families attend two follow-up reunions 3 and 6 months after camp to reconnect and reiterate lessons learned.

Recent research by Dr. William Wong, professor of pediatrics - nutrition at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, has shown that children who participate in the camp see a reduction in body fat and improved quality of life.

There will be two sessions of the camp offered this summer:

Kamp K’aana at the YMCA's Camp Cullen will be held June 9 - 22. For more information, visit the Camp Cullen website or register online. Call 713-758-9179 for more information. Registration must be completed at least one day prior to the start of camp.

Kamp K’aana at Cho Yeh Camp is Aug. 4 - 17. Registration can be completed online. For more information, call 832-822-4780. The deadline to register is Aug. 3.

Financial support may be available to low-income families in need of assistance.