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A Weight Control Camp for the Whole Family

Reminiscing about summer camp can either bring up fond memories or memories you would rather forget. I had a girlfriend in grade school who got shipped off to fat camps for a few weeks during the summers, when it was her parents that really needed to spend a few weeks at fat camp - talk about a bummer. I was thinking there must be a way to make this kind of situation much better - enter Wellspring Family Camp.

Wellspring Family Camp is the world's first weight loss camp for young children and their parents. Children ages 5-13 attend Family Camp and are accompanied by one or more parents or grandparents for a two-week session (or an intensive one-week session). I love this idea because with all the focus on childhood obesity, parents need to take a good look at themselves and change their habits as well. I also think this camp is a great way for everyone to learn the ins-and-outs of eating (and living) healthy, even if all the members are not overweight.

Family weight management camp does not come cheap, however. Tuition before reimbursement by health insurance (if your company will reimburse you) is $5,350 for two-week sessions for each parent-child pair (2 people); $1,000 for each additional parent or child. One-week sessions for each parent-child pair (2 people) is $2,700; $500 for each additional parent or child.

For me, the part I hated most about summer camp was being apart from my family, so this is a good way to alleviate those homesick feelings, while still getting the camp experience. Plus, you know what they say: A family that plays together stays together. For more information visit

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