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September 7, 2017 The Hesston RecordSeptember 7, 2017 The Hesston Record

Having Fun Getting Fit At KLCH

Posted 6/15/2017

Record Staff 

For the last decade, Harvey County kids have been getting fit, thanks to the Kansas Learning Center for Health.

This year, 41 youngsters, ranging between kindergarten through fifth grade, came from Hesston, Halstead and Newton to participate in the program. 

Kansas Learning Center for Health Executive Director Carrie Herman said children learned about nutrition, exercise and teamwork during the week-long camp.

“Each day the kids made a healthy snack - like owls made with apples, cucumbers, cheese and pretzels or birds on a limb with hard boiled eggs, pretzel rods and string cheese,” said Herman.

While snacks were kid-constructed, activities had campers outdoors and active.

“activities included going on a scavenger hunt to Scout Park, doing teamwork games and obstacle courses, and water day with the fire department,” said Herman.

If campers were not outdoors and active, Herman said their creativity was put to good use, making different crafts.

“Crafts included creating a camping scene with each child’s photo, making and painting butterflies, creating a lantern with a mason jar, and making fish with paper lanterns,” she said.

As the week progressed, Herman hoped campers realized health and fitness are not just for adults.

“KLCH wants kids to have fun and learn how to incorporate healthy food and activities into their daily lives,” she said.

Herman added allowing kids to make some of their own choices allows them to experiment with larger, more adult concepts.

“The program guides children and encourages their growing ability to make healthy choices, work with others and assume responsibilities,” she said.

Working with children ranging in age from five to 12, Herman said she and her staff faced one major challenge this year.

“he greatest challenge has been finding activities that an age span of Kindergarten through fifth grade all find interesting,” she said.

However, this year’s crafts, snacks and activities had all the campers coming back for more.

“The kids had a lot of fun with the crafts this year.  The kids found them challenging, which also made them proud of their accomplishments,” she said.

Herman added, a side benefit of the program is getting kids engaged with the real world and disconnecting from electronic devices.