Free summer camp works to halt childhood obesity

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A free summer camp is aiming to help kids live a healthy life.

The healthy Life Sports Camp starts next week at W.E.B. DuBois High School.

It's a free week-long camp, but because of the demand for space, participation is limited to the first 100 registrants.

"What we want to do is keep the kids active," Nikiel Winston, with Healthy Life Sports Camp, said.

The camp is working to support the fight against childhood obesity. They're partnering with the USDA Feeding Program to provide balanced meals and fun activities.

Kids will rotate sports related, physical activity, and health oriented stations throughout the day.

"Being introduced to traditional and non-traditional sports so they are not just introduced to those sports that they see on TV, they may actually interact with other activities," Winston said.

According to a recent report, Tennessee ranks No. 5 for most obese 10-17-year-olds and the consequences last far beyond their teen years.

Those kids are at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes and breathing problems, such as asthma or sleep apnea.

Winston and Tarrik Moore host the Healthy Life Sports Camp, and they say its about keeping kids motivated to move.

"They are pushed to keep going even though they are tired, and they realize now they are done and say 'Yes, I made it,'" Winston said.

The camp is for kids ages 6-12 and runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 18-22.

"We are looking for more volunteers. We are looking for others to join us as combat this childhood obesity and be holistic in our approach," Winston said.

Click here to register your child or become a volunteer.

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