A search is in progress for a location to host a Fit2cook4Kids summer camp . Food And Truth, a nonprofit organization, is building the camp program as an immediate, specific and realizable solution to the catastrophic epidemic of childhood obesity and related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. If you can imagine a world where parents arrive home from work to enjoy a nutritious family meal cooked by their middle school child, you can see the future Food And Truth envisions.

At summer camp 11 to 15 year old students learn how to stay fit, prepare healthy family meals and improve communication skills, including social and professional etiquette. The 2010 summer camp program held at the Independence Square Foundation on the URI campus in Kingston, RI demonstrated that this age group not only readily learns these essential life skills, they love the process!

Food And Truth is building Fit2cook4Kids as a model program to be replicated nationally. “Business, schools, churches and university facilities are all ideal environments to accomplish this ambitious mission. We plan to build a summer camp program one location at a time and spin it off to be run by that entity for years to come,” said Karen Salvatore, Founder of Food And Truth. The success of the first spinoff will open the door for Fit2cook4Kids to initiate programs elsewhere and grow this unique solution one camp at a time.

Summer Camp runs for 9 weeks from June 27th to August 26th, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with the exception of Monday, July 4th. These dates can be altered to accommodate the host. Camp consists of 24 campers divided into two groups of twelve students that rotate between fitness, cooking and communications each day. Campers commit for a week at a time. Video of the 2010 summer camp in action can be seen on the Food And Truth web site at www.foodandtruth.org, by clicking on “media” and “videos”.

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The Fit2cook4Kids camp is “shovel ready” and can begin registering campers as soon as an appropriate location is found. Tuition is $390 per week or $9.75 per hour. Campers enjoy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Parents of children 12 years and under may qualify for a “child and dependant care” tax credit for the tuition. More information, including a list of the minimum needs for the camp can be obtained by sending an email to info@foodandtruth.org, or calling Karen Salvatore at 401-294-6800.