Back 2 School Holds Its Fourth Annual POWER UP! Boot Camp


Another Year, Another Successful Boot Camp!

On the morning of Saturday, October 14, Back 2 School Illinois in partnership with the Chicago Park District kicked off its annual POWER UP! Boot Camp at the West Lawn Park. 150 kids ages 6-12 enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities and received a nutritional education on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Activities included an obstacle course, aerobics, yoga and kickboxing. The kids were also taught how important it is to get regular exercise and make healthy food decisions. The kids received instruction on how to read packaged goods labels, how calories are burned and how to make healthier choices when eating out. In the Build-A-Snack session, the children made trail mix to show them how to create a healthy snack to give them sustained energy.

Participants took a pre- and post-Boot Camp exam so we could measure what they learned throughout the day. Before leaving the event that day each child received a fitness/nutrition backpack filled with a frisbee, water bottle, jump rope, paddleball, tea, and healthy snacks. We also hosted a session for the parents to let them know what their children were learning and the critical importance that they reinforce those lessons on a day in and day out basis.

We want to send a big thanks to all of the volunteers who came out and chose to spend their Saturday with us, especially because of the steady downpour of rain. The Boot Camp would not have been such a success without the kind hearts of people willing to lend their time.

Another thank you goes to our major sponsors, MoneyGram, Community Currency Exchange of Illinois and Chicago Athletic Clubs as well as Honest Tea, Skinny Pop, GoGo SqueeZ, Kits for Kidz, Whole Foods, KIND Snacks, and Mariano’s.