City Hosts Dinkey Creek Diabetes Retreat for Fresno Families
09/16/2010

A $10,000 donation from the Hillblom Foundation is allowing 20 families from the City’s summer fitness camp to continue their health and nutrition learning this weekend (September 17-19) at a Dinkey Creek Retreat for Diabetes. The retreat will focus on diabetes education and prevention for the entire family and will be mixed with hikes and other fun activities in the great outdoors.

Campers will stay at Camp Fresno, a unique mountain retreat owned by the City of Fresno which features family cabins as well as dorms to host small and large groups. The Hillblom donation relieves the burden of cost for the families, allowing them to focus on enjoyment and their own well being. The City has also partnered with Children’s Hospital of Central California and University of California Cooperative Extension to provide nurses and health educators for the weekend retreat.

The camp is a follow-up to the City’s Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp which helped 85 kids reduce their blood pressure, improve their strength and lose a combined total of nearly 200 pounds this past summer. In addition, the campers lost a staggering 125 inches from their waistlines, the highest number of inches lost since the camp originated four years ago. The goal for the Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp and subsequent programs is to inspire children and families to embrace a healthy lifestyle, build self-esteem and develop a positive self-image. Family members participate to give campers a solid foundation for ongoing success, and prepare them for opportunities like this weekend’s family retreat.

To participate in on-going healthy fitness activities, please call 559-621-6737.