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Camp Fuel Promotes Healthy Fun for Kids

Sanford Health’s Camp Fuel, a week-long day camp for kids aged 9-12, begins today.

(Sioux Falls, SD)—Sanford Health’s Camp Fuel, a week-long day camp for kids aged 9-12, begins today. In its fourth year of existence, the camp focuses on healthy lifestyle choices, targeting nutrition, physical activity and awareness for the community.

New this year is an hour-and-a-half-long boot camp held outdoors at Sertoma park. Certified personal trainer Chery Schriever will take the campers through a variety of different exercises, showing them how they can be active in their own backyards by utilizing whatever is on hand. The campers will also each receive a pedometer upon arrival.

"We are going to track our steps for the week," said Teresa Beach, Community Education Dietitian for Sanford USD Medical Center. “We’ll convert them to miles and see where in the world we walked to.”

During their week at Sanford Wellness Center, the kids will learn how to make better nutritional choices and practice the importance of physical activity through activities including swimming, yoga, a tour of the Sanford USD Medical Center kitchen and a visit to a local organic food grower. Campers will also produce a health-promoting Public Service Announcement for the community.

"We want to dispel myths and media messages targeted at youth about nutrition, activity, body image and acceptance," commented Beach. "Camp Fuel promotes a positive self image and understanding of how our bodies use the ‘fuel’ we eat and burn."

To learn more, visit or contact Teresa Beach at 605-328-1505.