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April 27, 2011
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Dan Payzant, Center Director, Irving Recreation Center, 2010 Van Dorn St., 402-441-7954

Wise Kids® Program Comes to Irving Recreation Center

Summer day camp program encourages healthy nutrition and exercise choices

Beginning May 31, children enrolled in Lincoln Parks and Recreation's Camp Energy program at Irving Recreation Center will participate in the Wise Kids® program. It is a nationwide program committed to fostering healthy living that has been designed to teach kids about wellness, and to help them learn to make wise decisions about nutrition and exercise.

Wise Kids focuses on making good choices that will get kids healthy and keep them healthy for a lifetime. The program incorporates workbooks, games and activities designed to get kids moving and to teach them about critical wellness concepts related to Energy Balance. That is, Energy (or calories) IN should equal Energy (or calories) OUT to best manage weight and stay healthy.

"We are concerned about the life-long effects of childhood obesity and committed to promoting active living in our community," said Dan Payzant, Irving Rec. Center director. "Day camp is a great place to help children understand all the fun things they can do to stay healthy and enjoy life to its fullest."

The Wise Kids curriculum has been evaluated by the University of Minnesota and has been shown to have a positive impact on children's attitudes and behaviors towards healthy living. The program also positively impacted participating children's BMI (body mass index). Lincoln Parks and Recreation is taking a leadership role in creating healthy youth and a healthier community by offering Wise Kids during its Camp Energy summer program at Irving Recreation Center.

"The Wise Kids program offers children an experiential chance to learn about the importance of making wise, balanced choices in food and activity," said Melissa Hanson, President of the Säjai® Foundation. "Working with youth to help them better understand how they can be healthier will equip them with the knowledge and skills to begin a life-long journey towards healthy living.

Camp Energy at Irving Recreation Center is a summer program for kids who are currently enrolled in grades 3 and 4. The program will run May 31-August 12, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Camp activities will include Wise Kids, individual and group games, archery, swimming, tennis, reading, special interest clubs, and more. The fee is $104 per week, and families can register for individual weeks. Need based scholarships are available for families who qualify.

The Wise Kids program was created by the Säjai Foundation in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to combat childhood obesity by developing wellness programs for youth. NRPA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people.

For more information about Lincoln Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camps and to download a registration form, visit the Parks and Recreation Department website at Registration forms are also available at all city recreation centers.

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