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BIRMINGHAM (March 10, 2011) - Children's Hospital's Center for Weight Management is registering participants in its second annual overnight weight management camp. The week-long camp, called "Camp SHINE," will be held June 5-11 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 Children's through the Children's Center for Weight Management (CCWM). The William A. Daniel Adolescent Health Center, a joint initiative between Children's and UAB, joins CCWM in providing the nutrition and medical supervision for the camper.

Registration is $600 for the entire week, and some scholarships are available. Applications must be submitted by May 2. 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 Hospital:
The Children's Hospital of Alabama, the flagship of Children's Health System, is the only free-standing hospital in the state dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the U.S. One of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation, Children's Hospital is home to Alabama's only Level I pediatric trauma center. Children's campus includes the largest pediatric burn center in the Southeast, one of the largest pediatric outpatient centers in the country and a leading pediatric hematology/oncology center and bone marrow transplant program.

The hospital was recently recognized for the excellence of its nursing care by achieving Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Children's is the primary site for all pediatric medical education programs and patient care activities through an affiliation with the UAB School of Medicine and the Health Services Foundation. The Children's Hospital of Alabama is a private not-for-profit hospital governed by a volunteer board of trustees and is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year. For more information, go to


Contact: Rachel Olis (, 205-332-7571