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Be Fit camp helps kids with nutrition, self esteem

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Primary Care Providers in East Feliciana is holding a different kind of summer camp for kids in Clinton.

"This is something we reach out to the community because it is such a big epidemic, childhood obesity," said registered dietician Tara Delee.

In its second year, Be Fit is a six-week program focused on tackling childhood obesity.  The kids meet three times a week and learn about nutrition, education and self esteem.

"Mainly it's a community effort. The staff volunteers their time and it's a great program," explained PCP's CEO Ginger Hunt.

A registered dietician talks with the kids about healthy eating, and setting goals for their health that will last long after the program is done. Then the kids get moving with exercise games.  Finally, a social worker talks to the kids about confidence and self esteem.

"So much of what we do is influenced by our emotions including the way we eat, the way we feel about ourselves, the way we take care of ourselves. So, if we can build up the way they feel about themselves we can tackle some of the other issues," said licensed clinical social worker Allison Coleman.

More than losing weight, Be Fit is about gaining confidence and life-changing good habits.

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