ACA Webinar - Camps' Role in Fighting Obesity

Date: March 22, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM eastern
HOST: Karla Henderson, Ph.D. and Amy Saltmarsh

Cost: ACA members: $25, Non-Members: $55
CEC's: 1.5

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A recent study indicates that the current generation of children may have shorter life expectancies than their parents for the first time in over two centuries. The reason is largely attributed to the fact that the number of obese children has DOUBLED since 1980. Overweight and obesity is due to an energy imbalance between calories consumed and energy expended. Although camps are not going to solve the problems of obesity, they can contribute to the solutions by encouraging children to move more and eat healthy foods at camp. Many ideas exist for addressing these issues.  Through involvement In this webinar, participants will be able to explain the pervasiveness of childhood overweight and obesity issues, learn three new activities for helping campers to be more active while at camp, and gain three new approaches to encouraging children to eat well while at camp.

This webinar is based on the related Camping Magazine article published in the March/April 2012 issue.

Karla Henderson, Ph.D., is the Chair of ACA's Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation (CARE) and is a professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University. As a member of ACA for over thirty years, she has served on numerous section committees as well as on the ACA Publications and Education

Amy Saltmarsh is a master's student in parks, recreation, and tourism management at North Carolina State University. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Appalachian State University. Amy has worked as a farmer, teacher, and camp counselor. Her career goal is to operate a summer camp that teaches children about farming, gardening, and healthy eating.

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