Camp LIFE registration is now open

Parents looking for a unique way to keep their children active, healthy and occupied this summer are encouraged to sign up for Camp LIFE at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

“Camp LIFE is a fun opportunity for kids to make new friends, get fit, and learn skills that will help them stay healthy long after camp is over,” Brad Zieber, supervisor of PT, PEC and Special Projects at the SOMC LIFE Center, said. “The program is open to children ages 7 to 13 and parents can register for one or both of the week-long sessions we plan to offer this year.”

Camp sessions will take place June 10-14 and July 29-Aug. 2, with activities lasting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the SOMC Life Center. Off-site educational opportunities are also scheduled throughout the week.

“During camp, we teach children the basic principles of nutrition and exercise through cooking and physical activities that keep them entertained,” Zieber said. “We prepare lunch and snacks together, play healthy games, and stress the importance of fitness through daily walks, yoga, swimming and other sports.”

Camp LIFE was developed as way to combat occurrences of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children, but has attracted a wide variety of participants because of the enjoyable and educational activities it provides.

“We’ve designed Camp LIFE in a way that they can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical condition or ability,” Zieber said. “Our goal is to lay the foundation for healthy living in a fun, supportive environment.”

Cost to participate in Camp LIFE is $75 per child and $50 for each additional family member. For more information or to register now, please visit the Portsmouth LIFE Center or call 740-356-7650.