Health Matters: Fitness First At Summer Camp

- LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Summertime means summer camp.

And in Little Rock, the parks and recreation staff try to make sure kids stay active.

You'll see basketball games, board games and not an I-Pad or cell phone in sight.

Mike Garrity with Little Rock Parks and Rec says, "Once they're out of school we try to make sure they're not just sitting on the couch watching TV and playing video games."

Garrity says the goal of the eight week Summer Playground program is to keep kids moving.

He said, "Even when you're inside we try to keep them active and moving around with lots of different activity."

The camps are going on at seven locations across Little Rock.

There's also the opportunity for active field trips like swimming and roller skating.

On top of all the fun, the children also get a healthy breakfast and lunch and at the end of the day, parents get to reap the benefits too.

Garrity said, "The more they can do throughout the day to wear them out and it makes it a lot easier at night when they're with mom and dad."

Summer camp -- with the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department -- is $90 for eight weeks and that pays for everything including the meals.

There are still spots open, to find out more, click here.

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