Miami-Dade Parks summer campers learning Fit2Play summer essentials at U-Health mini clinics
In its ongoing efforts to help Miami-Dade youth be healthy and fit, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces is utilizing its Live A Park Life summer camp program to entice them to get outside and have fun being active. The camps include the added bonus of Miami-Dade Parks’ Fit2Play summer essentials - four mini health clinics, which kicked off in July – courtesy of the University of Miami Health System (U-Health) and UM Miller School of Medicine. More than 300 Miami-Dade Parks summer campers, ages 6-14, are participating in inner-active health and wellness demonstrations and activities that answer questions like “how many steps would it take to walk off the calories from a chocolate bar” to “why you might get a sunburn in the shade.”
Miami-Dade Parks will host the summer’s final two U-Health mini health clinics for summer campers from 9 a.m. to noon, as follows:
•Tuesday, July 19 – North Trail Park, 780 NW 127th Ave., Miami
•Tuesday, July 26 – Hammocks Community Park, 9885 Hammocks Blvd., Miami
The U-Health mini health clinic consists of five health stations staffed by medical students from the UM Miller School of Medicine, offering lessons on stress management, sun protection, staying fit with exercise, good nutrition and tobacco prevention. Each station will give away parting mementos to the participants, such as coloring books, crayons, stress balls and UV-sensitive beads that change color when exposed to untra-violet light from the sun.
Miami-Dade Parks’ two prior U-Health mini clinics this month included Highland Oaks Park (July 5) and Martin Luther King Jr. Park (July 12).
Miami-Dade Parks began its partnership with the University of Miami Health System and UM Miller School of Medicine in 2008 to assist them in their efforts to help combat childhood obesity by providing these added services for both its Fit2Play Health, Wellness and Obesity Prevention after-school program (a national model) and Live A Park Life summer camps. To date, Miami-Dade Parks has hosted a total of 36 U-Health mini clinic events.