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Midwestern Summer Camp Addresses Youth Obesity with Summer Fun and Adventure

About Camp Endeavor: Camp Endeavor, located on the grounds of Camp Chi in scenic Wisconsin Dells, is now entering its sixth summer. Camp Endeavor embraces a uniquely holistic approach to weight loss and weight management for youths ages 9-17 as part of a classic summer camp experience. Their philosophy is based on the experience and research of nutritionists, exercise physiologists, psychologists and adults who have succeeded in their own weight loss management.

Wisconsin Dells, WI, January 20, 2009 --( Camp Endeavor Now Registering for Summer 2009 Sessions.

Camp Endeavor, a summer camp designed to help overweight youths lose and manage their weight, is now registering for 2009 sessions. Located in scenic Wisconsin Dells, the program provides kids ages 9-17 with tools to combat obesity along with the classic summer camp experience.

Camp Endeavor approaches weight and overall health from a holistic perspective with an emphasis not only on weight loss, but also long-term weight management. The co-ed camp includes education about fitness and healthy eating as well as tools for empowerment – considering many issues children and teens face today.

During 2008, Camp Endeavor qualified for accreditation by the American Camp Association and was designated a 501 (c) (3), or non-profit by the Internal Revenue Service.

“Managing weight is hard for everyone, but for a teenager, it’s extremely difficult,” said Dan Dingmann, MS Exercise Physiologist and camp co-founder. “The Camp Endeavor experience includes child development techniques and behavior modification methods specific to our campers’ ages and social needs.”

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 17 percent of adolescents in the U.S. are overweight or obese – a number that has tripled since 1980.

With a motto of “Prepare to Succeed!” the camp’s goal is to teach children about the science of weight loss as well as provide them with the tools they need to manage the less tangible issues around weight, including social and emotional issues.

“Our goal is to send every camper home feeling better about themselves,” said Tut Gramling, OTR, ME-PD and co-founder of Camp Endeavor. “We want them to leave with information as well as life-long memories of the fun they had.”

Daily activities at the camp, which is located in Lake Delton, WI. include boating, swimming, team sports, a climbing course, campfires, dances, parties and excursions.

Allison, mother of 14-year-old camper Nicole, said she was thrilled by Nicole’s new attitude following her time at Camp Endeavor. “The first thing she did was give me a shopping list of all the healthy foods she wanted in the house,” Allison said of Nicole. “We’re all eating healthier these days.”

Camp Endeavor offers two-week and four-week summer camp weight loss sessions beginning June 21, 2009. Ongoing support for campers is provided through newsletters and e-mail correspondence. An Open House is scheduled at camp on Sat. May 2, 2009 for parents and campers.

For more information, call 608-448-9752 or visit

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Dan Dingmann
608 448 9752

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