Trying to help combat childhood obesity, the Michigan Apple Committee reports the teenagers it is sponsoring at summer fitness camps have already begun losing weight.

Michigan apple industry promotes teen health through summer camps
Michigan Apple Committee

The DeWitt-based group for the second year is providing scholarships valued at $6,250 to three teenagers from Cleveland, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Elk Rapids, Mich. to attend Wellspring Fitness Camps located throughout the U.S.

Winners had to write an essay or produce a video explaining why they deserved to participate in the month-long weight loss and fitness camps.  

According to the committee, this year’s and last year’s camp participants have lost weight. Participants lose an average of four pounds a week, according to Wellspring.

Last year’s winners were also able to maintain healthy lifestyles after camp ended, Judy MacNeill, the committee’s nutritionist and spokeswoman, said in a news release.

“It’s great to see efforts like this contest … that promote healthier lifestyles, especially for our children,” she said in the release.  “Genetics, lack of exercise and poor nutrition choices can all lead to weight gain.  An opportunity to attend a camp like Wellspring is certainly life-changing.”

The committee encouraged using the Michigan apple logo from a bag of apples in each applicant’s entry.

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