POWER UP! Boot Camp Launch A Success

Kids Get Active and Learn About Nutrition

During September we launched our inaugural Power Up! Boot Camp program.

The first Boot Camp was held at Washington Park (5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.) and the second was held at the Broadway Armory Park (5917 N. Broadway). The Chicago Park District, which runs both facilities, served as our partners in presenting the program. Their staff is second to noneand worked incredibly hard to help us craft the curriculum and promote the program.

During each day, the kids, ages 7-12 rotated through a series of five different activities. While there are too many to mention here, some of the activities included; running an obstacle course, playing a Jeopardy-like game covering aspects of nutrition, “Build-a-healthy-snack”, Tug-of-war, yoga, kickboxing, stretching, and breathing exercises.

At the end of each day the children were given a fitness and nutrition pack filled with a variety of items including a jump rope, pedometer, healthy snacks, water bottle, and more.

While the Boot Camp only lasts one day, the program for the kids will continue. For the next three months, they will receive weekly inspirational emails, keep a journal on their exercise and eating habits, and then receive a final exam, which they must take in order to receive their Certificate of Completion. We hope this ongoing communication will help solidify the knowledge imparted to them during their Boot Camp.

Since we had the kids take the exam before they started the Boot Camp, we will see if they retained the information. You can check out the results at holiday time on our website.