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Health and Wellness
What is it?
Our goals are to promote and position the value of the camp experience in supporting healthy lifestyles, fitness and lifelong healthy decision-making, while establishing relationships with organizations doing similar work and with a similar mission.
How to get involved?
We are actively looking for committee members from the Camp Community at levels to be part of this dynamic and innovative committee. The committee is also looking for representatives from the nutrition, nursing, physical education public health and research industries. If interested, please contact Vicky Flaig, MEd, RD at 916-734-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What to look forward to?
Keep a look out for our Needs Assessment. We need as many people as possible to complete this out to better meet the interests of the Northern California Camp Community. By next spring we hope to lay the ground work for meaningful educational webinars, trainings and programs centered on the Camp’s role in a child’s healthy lifestyle.
But what about now?
Below is a list of resources to assist Camp Directors, Food Service Staff, Camp staff and campers to lead a healthy lifestyle, aid in healthy food choices, deal with food allergies and answer those burning health related questions. Be sure to check back because resources are updated regularly.
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics www.eatright.org
This website can help you find a registered dietitian in your area to assist with meal planning and special diets. It is also a comprehensive website for nutrition, food safety, food allergies, diabetes, and food intolerances.
- The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network www.foodallergey.org
This is a one stop website that gives basic information on the top 8 food allergies.
- USDA Center for Nutritional Policy & Promotion www.cnpp.usda.gov
This website will link you to Myplate.gov, Food-a-pedia, and Dietary Guidelines. All excellent resources for menu planning.
- Dairy Council of California www.dairycouncilofca.org
Excellent source for nutrition information and education materials.
- Food Safety
www.foodsafety.gov General food safety information and connects to all government websites.
www.fightbac.org Food safety education programs.
www.servesafe.com Food safety training and certification information.
The California School Garden Network - www.csgn.org
Comprehensive website on creating a community garden at your camp. Everything from how to make a garden bed to lesson plans to promotion. CSGN is a project of the Western Growers Foundation. CSGN partner organizations represent a variety of state agencies, private companies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations all dedicated to the mission of creating and sustaining gardens in every willing school in California. The Network serves as a central organization to distribute school garden information, resources and support throughout the state.
Local Harvest – www.localharvest.org
Use the website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
The Non GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Project - www.nongmoproject.org
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.
ACE Fitness – American Council on Exercise, Operation Fit Kids
The American Council on Exercise is dedicated to combating the childhood obesity epidemic and improving the health and fitness of our youth. ACE provides free educational materials and informational resources to those working to promote youth fitness including educators, fitness professionals, health professionals and parents.
- Let’s Move www.letsmove.gov
A website dedicated to America’s Move to raise a healthier generation of kids.
- SPARK PE www.sparkpe.org
A non-profit group dedicated to providing, implanting and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. Researched based PE Programs
- Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/healthyliving (ACA Educational Ally)
Tools and resources on a variety of healthy living topics.
- How to accommodate Special Diets in Camp Setting (.pdf)
- How to read a label for allergies (.pdf)
- Association of Camp Nurses www.acn.org (ACA Educational Ally)
Resources for health centers, camp nursing protocols and job postings.