(November 06, 2012) — A University of Miami children’s program inspired by popular comic book superheroes has received a 2012 Best of the Best Award from a leading print and online magazine dedicated to fitness professionals.
SuperLife, a program in UM’s Mini ’Canes Recreational Sports Camp, is the winner of Club Industry’s 2012 Best Children’s Program. Representatives from UM’s Department of Wellness and Recreation picked up the award on October 11 in Las Vegas at the Club Industry Conference and Exposition for Fitness Business Professionals.
Inspired by the Avengers, Batman, Spiderman, and other well-known superheroes, SuperLife teaches children about the importance of eating healthy, exercising, and saving money—habits that can lead to a super life.
“Total wellness includes not only physical health but also intellectual, social, emotional, occupational, and environmental wellness,” said Rhonda DuBord, associate director of wellness and recreation. “We feel that by addressing as many of these components throughout our Mini ’Canes Camp, we are already setting our curriculum apart from most other recreational camp programs.
“I am so proud of the camp staff, specifically Ashley Falcon, assistant director for wellness programs, and Nicholle Rosemond, our intern from Florida Atlantic University, who helped with programming ideas,” DuBord added.
Through a SuperLife component called MyPlate, campers learn about the four basic food groups and why a well-balanced meal is essential to good health. They also get lessons on the dangers and consequences of bullying, sun safety, recycling, saving money, managing stress, identifying emotions, and expressing feelings.
“Even though they’re young, the campers really seem to grasp how wellness can improve their quality of life,” said Falcon. “Making wellness activities fun and interactive helps keep campers engaged, and they really seem to absorb important lessons. They find ways to incorporate that into their lives, including taking information home and sharing it with their families.”
Mini ’Canes Recreational Sports Camp is an eight-week summer camp open to children ages 6-12. It offers a variety of sports and other activities. South Florida Parenting Magazine has named the camp one of Miami-Dade County’s top summer camps.
For more information on Club Industry’s Best of the Best Awards, including a full listing of award winners, please click here.
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