5 P.M. INTERVIEW: Registration open for Camp Wabi

NEW AUBURN, Wis. (WEAU) -- It can be a sensitive issue, but more physicians and health officials say it’s one that needs addressing. Registration is open for a camp designed specifically for kids who struggle with weight issues.

Now in its 7th year, Camp Wabi allows youngsters the opportunity to have all of the fun of a traditional summer camp, while also learning about healthy lifestyle choices.

The best part, this all takes place in a setting without stigma or shame.

• Students entering 6-10th grade who struggle with weight issues
• Aug. 6-13
• YMCA Camp Manitou, near New Auburn
• Contact: 715-836-8460 or campwabi.org/*financial assistance available
• 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.
• Not a boot camp! Kids typically lose weight at camp, but it’s not a “weight-loss” camp.
• For 1 hour a day, campers receive a lesson from a dietitian, etc., on healthy habits.
• Healthy meals and snacks. The food is great - won’t go hungry!
• Goal is for kids to have fun and take what they learn and incorporate it daily at home.

Childhood obesity and weight concerns are a growing problem nationwide.
• Extra pounds start children on path to health problems once confined to adults:
o Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease
o In 1970’s, 6 percent of kids were obese. Today, 18 percent of kids are obese.
o Currently 1/3 of all children in the U.S. are considered either overweight or obese. Epidemic/health crisis
• Watersports: Sailing, fishing, swimming, canoeing/kayaking and log rolling
• Archery, Arts and crafts, famous mud hike! “Learning time” is fun! Being active can be fun and small changes can produce big results.
Parental involvement is CRUCIAL!
• Parents participate in an orientation session on the first day of camp.
• On last day of camp, parents go over what child learned and discuss with other parents.
• Involvement continues after camp with newsletters and reunions to reinforce skills
• Don’t want kids to struggle with health issues as they become adults
• Open to everyone. Tiered pricing structure starting at $400 for the 8-day camp. However, NO ONE will be turned away based on ability to pay. Contact us for more information.



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