Jenny Keown addressed about 75 children in yellow T-shirts at the Dalton Recreation Center on Friday, reviewing the past two weeks’ activities.
“What did we do every morning that was easy to do?” asked the health educator for the North Georgia Health District.
“Walk!” chorused the group.
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Youth Camp ran July 5-16 and was sponsored by Dalton Parks and Recreation Athletics and the health district. The camp was free to students in kindergarten through 12th grade and ran from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day with free breakfasts and lunches provided through the Seamless Summer Nutrition Program.
Participants had nutrition classes and played games to get them moving, and enjoyed other forms of exercise and activities as they learned about their bodies’ need for proper diet and exercise. One of fourth-grader AJ Kent’s favorite snacks was “Apple Smiles,” a food that combines apple slices, peanut butter and marshmallows.
“We learned we can still eat junk food, but not much of it,” AJ added.
AJ said he ate healthy before the camp — “I had to: football tryouts” — but learned a number of different ways to do it from the camp.
Emily Stephens, 7, said grapes are her favorite healthy snack, and she ate them every day before camp.
“I learned that we can exercise all kinds of different ways,” she added. “It’s fun to exercise.”
Keown said this year marks the first time the camp has been held, and organizers hope to do it again next year.
“We really wanted to see if kids would come to a camp that was all about nutrition and physical fitness, and they have not complained one time,” she said. “We went from kindergarten games to high school games, and we had no problem.”