FIT Camp – short for Families In Touch – is a week long summer camp for kids that focuses on providing children a fun-filled way to learn about a variety of ways to have a healthy body and mind. Our 2022 camp theme is POWER UP! Camp lasts about 4 hours a day, and children will experience fun sports and physical activities and will learn about making positive nutrition and lifestyle choices. And… did we mention it is FREE of charge?
FIT Camp leader, Renea Christian, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, has more than 12 years of experience running FIT Camp in Lincoln and Mingo counties. She has been an integral part of the opportunity since its beginning. “FIT Camp is one of my favorite things to participate in through LPCC/Southern West Virginia Health System. I actually had the opportunity while receiving my masters through WVU to participate in the discussions to get this program off the ground and completed my CAP stone on it. Once I was hired, I was able to see this wonderful program in action and have participated ever since.”
Included in FIT Camp is the opportunity for each child to receive their BMI (Body Mass Index) and a fasting lab, also free of charge. Why is this opportunity important to gauge the wellness of your child? We have a success story to tell it best. One year a young boy of 8 received a lipid panel and glucose test free of charge, that revealed he had high cholesterol. By catching this through the screening process his mother had a starting point to learn of ways to improve his health. When Renea completed a sports physical for him at the age of 17, his cholesterol was under control based on the approach that had been taken with diet and exercise.
*Please note labs are not drawn on site at FIT Camp. Labs are ordered and services are provided at our Lincoln Primary Care Center or Larry Joe Harless Gilbert clinic locations.
For Renae, FIT Camp is about more than physical activity and good nutritional choices. It’s about family as well, “Parents are more than welcome to be participants of the camp and stay with their children. As a Nurse Practitioner I want to promote healthy lifestyles for families to live life to the fullest. I want to show families that it can be fun to spend time together, build relationships and be healthy.”