Camp advocates healthy choices

MILLVILLE – While it’s easy for kids to spend their summers sleeping in and playing video games, a week-long summer camp promotes healthy lifestyle choices for children and their parents.

Camp E.N.E.R.G.Y. – Exercise-Nutrition-Emotions-Record-Goals-You – will be held from Aug. 3 to 8 at Camp Victory in Millville, for children ages 11 to 18.

Campers must be willing to participate in camp activities, be open to a lifestyle change and have at least one primary caregiver willing to participate.

The camp aims to help campers and their families start and maintain a healthy lifestyle and encourages holistic wellness, Camp Director Jerry Foley said.

“Obesity in our youth has grown to epidemic proportions in the U.S., especially in rural America,” said Jennifer Franceschelli, associate physician at the Geisinger Center for Nutrition and Weight Management and Camp E.N.E.R.G.Y. medical director. “In the 2009-10 school year, of students in grades 7 through 12, 16.26 percent were overweight and 18.24 percent were obese. It is projected that obesity in adults could reach 56.7 percent in Pennsylvania by 2030.”

Franceschelli said the goal is to promote overall wellness to campers, their families, friends and surrounding communities.

Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger sponsors the camp. For more information, visit www.GoCampEnergy.org.