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Health Matters: Keeping Kids Active

Summer time means summer camps, and some Little Rock camps are using different techniques to keep kids active and fit this summer.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Board games, basketball, and not an iPad or cell phone in sight.

"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," says Mike Garrity.

Mike Garrity with Little Rock Parks and Recreation says the goal of this eight week summer playground program is to keep kids moving.

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

The camps are going on at seven locations across Little Rock including here at the Dunbar Recreation Center.

There's also the opportunity for active field trips.

"Like today a lot of kids went swimming," says Garrity.

The children also get a healthy breakfast and lunch, and at the end of the day parents get to reap the benefits of summer camp too.

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

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

There are still spots open.

To find out more go to lrpr.org.

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