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Weight Loss Camp brings benefits

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Saturday, August 25, 2018
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Participants in the Weight Loss Camp pose with sailor Andrew Lewis. Photo by:Paula Lindo

The recently concluded Summer Weight Loss Camp held by To’ren Healthcare Consultancy (THC) saw an improvement in the children who attended both in terms of their weight and their lifestyles.

The camp, which ran from July 9 to August 17 at St Anthony’s College, Diego Martin, saw the children exercising three times a day, along with inspirational and morale-boosting talks by personalities such as Learie Joseph, Andrew Lewis and Hasely Crawford, and of course lots of play time. The children who attended the camp ranged in age from five to 18 and were split into two groups, five to 12 and 13 to 18.

All the children expressed appreciation for the camp and said they want to come back next year. McKay Williams, six, said she enjoyed the exercises, especially zumba, kickboxing, aquaerobics and bootcamp, and she thought the camp was fun.

Tyler Toussaint said her favourite activities were swimming and kickboxing, and she also enjoyed the motivational speakers. “The speeches were very good, it was awesome. I think I will lose a lot of weight and when I go back to school my friends will see a difference in me.”

Khian Thorne said he would continue to exercise after the camp is done. “I used to be thin but then I started eating a lot of food like KFC and stuff, so my mummy and some teachers I know sent me here. I learned how to eat better, though I didn’t like all the food, because I can’t eat some and others are weird tasting.

“This is a good camp for everybody to come to, because children will have fun, they can run around the field and learn how to run faster and gain more knowledge about their health.”

Jason Robertson, 18, said he enjoyed the motivational talks and learning about food. “Hasely Crawford came and told me it doesn’t matter what you eat, once you eat it in moderation. One of the people told me that the oil in cheese is not good for you but you could gain some benefit from the protein in it. I lost four pounds and I plan to lose five by the end of the camp. I learned about different ways of eating than before I came and I’m going to continue eating healthy once I leave here. I decided to have ice-cream once a month to get that craving out of the way.”

Ronnie Sampson, 13, said she enjoyed the spirit of the camp most, as the counsellors were very motivating. “Sometimes when we didn’t want to do an activity, they would push us, which was necessary to do what we had to get done. I think it’s a good camp to come to whether you’re overweight or not but obviously the camp is for obese people and people in the overweight category. It’s a fun camp and if you want to exercise, it can help you maintain whatever weight you want to have. I will continue to use the things I learned here after I leave.”

Vaughn Gajadhar, 12, said even though the exercises were hard, they were a lot of fun. “I lost a lot of weight. Even though I had gotten taller, my waist went down by eight inches which is very good. My mom and my entire family are right behind me on this. I learned good eating habits, good portion sizes on what to eat, learning what to do with food and where to leave it, how to defrost it and many other things. I learned what type of food we should not eat all the time, what’s the size of the food we should eat, we should have different types of protein and other things benefiting our body.

“I would say I liked the camp overall, it’s a really nice camp. I think many children would benefit from this and live a healthy life after this camp, once you continue doing everything you learnt.”

CEO Leah Lewis said at the end of the camp, there were definite gains seen in the children mentally, physically and emotionally and she would like to run the camp again in 2019.

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