Campers at this year’s Mt. McSauba day camp became familiar with a new program rolled out as a result of a partnership with the local Lions Club and Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital.
Called “Try-it-Tuesday,” the program’s goal was to introduce new healthy snack foods to the campers, aged 5-13.
The hospital, through its Wellness Workshop, provided a dietitian and registered nurse to work with the campers each Tuesday morning, making healthy snacks. In many cases, the young campers were trying certain fruits, veggies and other nutritious snacks for the very first time. Smoothies, fruit kabobs, parfaits and fruit “bugs” all took their turns showing up in pre-packaged kits for groups of campers to work together to assemble.
The hospital’s certified diabetes educator, Amanda Evans, and Kristie Fichtner, RN, joined the campers each Tuesday to not only provide the ingredients and recipes, but to provide health tips and education that would help promote healthy eating.
“Spending this time with the campers was so worthwhile. Children in that age group often don’t stay focused for long periods of time, so our 30-minute snack time with them each week was packed full of hands-on learning,” said Amanda Evans. “It was fun to see them be surprised by how something healthy can taste so good!”
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Wellness Workshop director, Kathy Jacobsen, worked together with Don Henglesh of the Charlevoix Lions Club to come up with the idea of “Try-it-Tuesdays” for the Mt. McSauba camp program. “We’re glad that Don approached us to partner in promoting health and wellness to our local kids this summer. We are always looking for opportunities to work together with our community leaders on healthy initiatives, and the Lions were a perfect fit,” said Ms. Jacobsen. “We provided the staff and the program, and they provided the food each week. It was a great partnership and the kids loved it.”