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BIRMINGHAM (March 16, 2012) – Children’s Hospital’s Center for Weight Management is registering participants in its third annual overnight weight management camp. The week-long camp, called “Camp SHINE,” will be held June 3-9 at the Camp Hargis YMCA (926 Hargis Dr., Chelsea).

The purpose of the camp, a part of Children’s Healthier Weigh program, is to educate at risk or obese children about healthy lifestyle habits and to jump start weight loss through fun activities and a healthy diet. The camp is also designed to serve as a resource to parents who want to help their children maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Camp SHINE will include cooking lessons, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, field trips, canoeing, dancing, hiking and many more kid-friendly activities. All camp counselors are affiliated with the William A. Daniel Adolescent Health Center, a joint initiative between Children’s and UAB. The program is coordinated by UAB physicians.

Registration is $600 for the entire week, and some scholarships are available. Applications must be submitted by April 15. For more information about the camp, or to register, visit

About Children’s Center For Weight Management:
Children’s Center for Weight Management is a comprehensive center designed to address the needs of one of Alabama’s most common health issues for children and adolescents, childhood obesity. Although many children and adolescents who are overweight are not ill, being overweight puts them at risk for more serious long term health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Children’s Center for Weight Management offers interdisciplinary care for children, adolescents and their families through the outpatient clinic. The team includes pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, physical therapists, and psychologists. Since he majority of children and adolescents become overweight because of unhealthy lifestyle and choices, the goal of our clinic is to assist families in making permanent changes that result in weight loss and improved health and well-being.

About Children’s of Alabama: Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. It is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. A 750,000-square-feet expansion is currently under construction and will open in June. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s. More information is available at