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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on May 22, 2006

Georgetown Hospital System offers children’s day camp program to target nutrition and fitness

Monday, May 22, 2006

Georgetown, SC – In partnership with Georgetown County School District, Georgetown Hospital System presents “Get With The Program – The Healthy Experience (THE)”, a pilot day camp program exclusively for children ages 9 to 14 focusing on nutrition education and fitness. This weekly fitness program will begin June 20th through August 4th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Georgetown Middle School. Transportation assistance is being offered to those interested in participating.

“The purpose of this program is to instill life-long changes in exercise and eating behaviors for our youth population,” says Kevin Conlon, Director of HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness and THE program. “We want to encourage family participation and empower children to teach their family and loved ones to better care for their overall health.” According to Conlon, the program will include a Bonus Family Time at HealthPoint on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. when families can exercise together by taking walks and participating in other fitness activities.

To be eligible for the program, children are asked to write a short essay on “How do you feel this summer camp will impact your overall health?” and turn it in to their school nurse for referral. Eligible children will go through a mini health assessment to provide baseline data including body composition, blood pressure, resting heart rate and health history. In some cases, physician referrals will be necessary.

As part of the weekly program, nutritionists and other Georgetown Hospital System health professionals will conduct daily sessions offering educational information on the Food Guide Pyramid, portion sizes, behavior modification, healthy snacking, fast food and other pertinent topics. There will also be daily exercise and group activities.

“Get With The Program – The Health Experience” is just one way Georgetown Hospital System is reaching out to educate our youth and community on making healthy nutrition choices and living a healthier lifestyle. For more information about this pilot program and how you can participate, contact Lee Ann Caviris at 436-7037.

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties. With three hospitals and nearly 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region.