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6/14 Daybreak Interview: Camp Wabi

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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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