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Residential Summer Camp: A New Venue for Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Promotion
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Alison K Ventura, Drexel University
  • Barry A Garst, Clemson University
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BioMed Central Ltd.
Millions of children attend residential summer camps each year. However, few studies have examined the potential of camps for obesity prevention efforts. Research in the domain of positive youth development has shown that camp programs as short as one week have both short- and long-term positive effects on self-esteem, self-efficacy and other youth outcomes. The objective of the present study was to highlight the potential of resident camps as promising venues for the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity behaviors in the children who attend.

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