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Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock
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Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC), in collaboration with Arkansas Children's Hospital and Girl Scout-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will host its first ever residential fitness camp. Camp iRock is for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades and will be held at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock on June 19-25.

The camp is a week-long program of activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and building self-confidence in young girls. Campers will be equipped with the necessary tools and support to help them achieve and maintain optimum fitness and nutrition in their daily lives. The camp is free for 40 girls from around the State of Arkansas.  

"With our new focus on nutrition and physical fitness, AMHC has developed this annual fitness camp to educate minority and underserved, underrepresented girls about living healthier lifestyles," said Dr. Idonia L. Trotter,  AMHC Executive Director.

This year, campers will be joined by actress, singer, songwriter Raven-Symone' of "The Cosby Show" and "That's So Raven." She has been active in various programs to encourage self-esteem and self-confidence  in young girls such as the Dove Self-Esteem Initiative.

In Arkansas, the highest obesity risk among females was found in African Americans (45 percent) followed closely by Hispanic females (44 percent). Native American females had an obesity risk of 38 percent while 34 percent of White females, and 25 percent of Asian females were classified as obese or overweight.

For kindergartners, 33 percent entered the school system either obese or overweight. The percentage of students who were obese or overweight increased to 35 percent for second-graders, to 40 percent for those in the fourth grade, and peaked at 44 percent with the sixth grade class.

"Our goal is to instill the campers with tools that promote healthy eating habits, physical activity, and self-confidence building that will last a lifetime," said Trotter.

To register for Camp iRock, visit www.arminorityhealth.com or call Pam at 501-686-2720. Deadline to register is May 19.

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