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6/14 Daybreak Interview: Camp Wabi


Summer camp means fun and friends. One camp sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System and the YMCA helps kids who struggle with their weight make better health choices.

Camp Wabi

  • For children 10 to 14 who struggle with weight issues
  • Aug. 4-16, YMCA Camp Manitou, near New Auburn
  • Cost: $400; financial assistance available
  • Contact: 715-839-4603 or ycampmanitou.org

Childhood obesity and weight concerns are a growing problem nationwide.

  • Extra pounds start children on path to health problems once confined to adults:
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/t0507_weight_nation.html
    • In 1980, 5 percent of kids were obese. Today, 17 percent of kids are obese.
    • By 2030, 42 percent of U.S. adults will be obese; 34 percent now.
    • Severe obesity (> 100 lbs. overwt) to double by 2030, going from 6 percent to 11 percent.

Mayo Clinic Health System and the YMCA collaborate on Camp Wabi.

  • Started Camp Wabi in 2011.
  • Held at YMCA's Camp Manitou on beautiful Long Lake in New Auburn, Wis.
  • All campers dealing with weight; comfortable environment to make healthy choices.

Camp Wabi will empower kids to make lifelong changes. How it works:

  • Not a boot camp!
  • For one hour each day, campers receive a lesson from a physician, dietitian or therapist
  • A healthy menu served at every meal. But, NOT a weight-loss camp.
  • Goal is for kids to have fun and take what they learn and incorporate it daily at home.

Parental involvement is CRUCIAL!

  • Parents participate in an orientation session on the first day of camp.
  • On the last day of camp, parents go over what their child has learned and take part in discussions with other parents.
  • Three reunion sessions will be at the YMCA during the first year after camp.
  • Parents and kids attend reunions for fun and refresher information. And prizes!

Is this a camp for my child?

  • Camp Wabi is for children and their parents who show concern about overweight.
  • Talk to your child's pediatrician!
  • Similar to other camps, a physical exam by a healthcare provider will be required.
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