HEALTHY FOR LIFE
from Eyewitness News Online
May 30, 2014
The Marshall University Recreation Center kicked off the beginning of their Healthy Herd camps this week.
"We try to teach them how to be healthy, how to be active, how to make healthy swaps nutritionally, and we stress how important it is to stay active because if you're not active later on in life it can lead to obesity," counselor Nigel Wallace said.
Each week will have a different theme, including A Bug's Life, MU Olympics, Great Outdoors and Operation Splash Down.
"A lot of the kids love splash down week. We get to have a lot of water balloon fights," Wallace said.
Campers have access to all kinds of ways to stay active, including the rock climbing wall and the pool at the recreation center.
"We get in the pool every day but we do a lot of special activities. We'll watch a movie in the pool or we'll have a roll clinic for the older kids so we'll pull out some kayaks, some paddles," Wallace said.
The day camps are designed to keep kids moving, and they take a couple breaks to get in a nutritious snack or two each day.
While some area schools were still in session this week, one group got a head start on the fun.
"I like it because you have someone to do something with and you're not just alone the whole time," Lyla Setran, 6, said.
She even made it up the rock wall on her first day.
"I was really excited," Setran said.
She's ready to keep the momentum going.
"You can do stuff that you've never done before, and you can keep exercising and stuff and you'll get healthy and strong and you can do more stuff that you've never done," she said.
It's not too late to sign your kids up. You can just do one week, or all of them. Camps run through the beginning of August. Little Marcos is designed for kids ages 5-9 and the Future Herd is for campers ages 10-14.
You can sign up or find more information here:
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