Children ages 7 to 13 encouraged to join SOMC’s Camp LIFE, June 25-29

 Kids looking for something to keep themselves occupied, or parents looking for a way to get their children active and healthy this summer, are encouraged to sign up for Camp LIFE at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

 “Camp LIFE lasts from June 25 to June 29 and is meant for ages 7 to 13,” Dietician Kim McCray said. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to make new friends and learn new skills to help them stay active and healthy long after the camp is over.”

 Activities last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, with most activities taking place in the SOMC Life Center. During the camp, children are taught the basic principles of nutrition and exercise, as well as cooking techniques, and provided numerous physical activities to keep them active and entertained. Activities include swimming, yoga, basketball and Zumba®. SOMC will also provide participants with a healthy lunch.

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 design our Camp LIFE activities in such a way that they can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical condition or ability,” McCray said. “Our goal is to lay the foundation for healthy living in a fun, supportive environment.”

 Anyone interested in joining Camp LIFE is asked to sign up prior to June 11 by calling the SOMC Life Center. Registration for Camp LIFE is $75 per child and $50 for each additional family member.  The Life Center can be reached at 740-356-7650.