Healthy Living: Local News
Summer camp promotes active, healthy lifestyle
Story Updated: Jul 16, 2012
PADUCAH — Move over Michael Phelps. Several Morgan Elementary students are learning what it takes to become a healthy Olympic athlete.
"This summer camp is kind of the best of both worlds," said teacher Carol Withrow.
Gone are the textbooks in Withrow's class and in their place, hands-on games that keep her fourth graders minds active and thinking about proper nutrition.
"We want to prevent the summer slide that often happens with the kids when they have a couple months out of school," she said.
Along with knowing the basics of nutrition and physical activity, the students are learning popcorn and snow cones are good even without the salt and sugar.
"That's what this program is about also, to teach the kids if I eat the right things, then maybe I won't have high blood pressure," said nurse Teresa Cash.
Withrow teamed up with Western Baptist Hospital to offer a weeklong course on how to prevent childhood obesity.
So Cash put together a series of activities that incorporates arts and crafts and some competition.
"They don't look at school as being fun," Cash said. "It's always that negative aspect of it but I tell you what, the kids are very excited about learning and we're adding the fun to it."
"This is a perfect time for us to bring in an aspect of fitness and health," Withrow said.
And it's also a time to get these kids motivated about living a healthy life.