Summer Camp Promotes Healthy Lifestyle for Kids

Fresno kids will be getting in better shape this summer thanks to a partnership between the City of Fresno and Kaiser Permanente. The City’s award-winning Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp is back this year offering 100 youngsters a summer filled with fun activities and learning about fitness, nutrition and health.

Campers, ranging in age from 9-16, will participate in sports, nutrition, dance, cooking, art, science and games during the free, six week program. They will enjoy activities such as canoeing, white water rafting and camping, along with field trips to popular summer destinations.

The program is organized by the City of Fresno’s Parks, After School and Community Services department. It is funded through a $60,000 Kaiser Permanente Fresno Community Benefit grant to offset the cost of equipment and activity fees as well as salaries for camp counselors and dance instructors.

Last year, the camp received a state-wide award for excellence from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. In 2008, the program received recognition from the California Parks & Recreation Society. The goal for the camp is to inspire young people to embrace a healthy lifestyle, build self-esteem and develop a positive self-image. Family members participate as well to give campers a solid foundation for ongoing success.

The City’s Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp will be held on weekdays from June 21 through August 14 at Holmes Neighborhood Center and the Ted C. Wills Community Center.

For more information call 621-PLAY or visit