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Citadel News Service
11 Apr 2006

The Citadel Crescent Camp takes aim at childhood obesity

Citadel Psychology Professor Will Johnson is taking his scholarly interest in childhood obesity and turning it into a summer camp designed to educate children and their families on healthy eating and exercising habits.

The Citadel Crescent Camp is a four-week summer day camp for children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 16 who are overweight. Under Johnson's direction, the camp will be staffed by a clinical dietitian and graduate students in the clinical counseling program. The camp will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5-30 at The Citadel.

During the four weeks, children will learn to control eating habits, improve their nutrition and increase their physical activity with regular exercise during on campus events and field trips to area parks and grocery stores. Attention will also be directed to self-esteem and body image. Parents and siblings will attend weekly family nights where they will exercise together and enjoy a family meal.

"The presentation of these effective interventions for weight control during in the summer camp offers the opportunity for a more intense and prolonged experience that is otherwise unavailable," Johnson said. "By eating, exercising, and learning together, the campers will develop a sense of group cohesion and purpose that will serve them well in the goal of effective weight management."

The cost of the camp is $1,000 per participant. For more information or to sign up, call 953-7579 or email
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