UAPB to host AMHC Camp iRock

Little Rock, AR  – The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) will host the third annual Camp iRock, an all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, Sunday, June 16 through Saturday, June 22 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).  Designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, Camp iRock offers educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting physical activity, healthy lifestyles and self-confidence.

According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, one in three Arkansas public school students are overweight or at risk for overweight. These children have a higher risk of developing diabetes orthopedic problems, sleep disturbances and kidney problems. In addition, behavioral and psychological problems have been related to childhood obesity, and obese students are twice as likely to be in special education as non-obese students.

“The Arkansas Minority Health Commission is proud of the success of last the two year’s camps and our campers, and we hope to generate that same positivity and impact in 2013,” says Dr. Idonia Trotter, executive director of the AMHC. “Providing this experience to girls in minority communities is an important part of making an impact on the health disparities that the AMHC was created to address.”

Camp iRock 2013 is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the AMHC, UAPB, Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas and Girl Scout-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

About Arkansas Minority Health Commission

The mission of The Arkansas Minority Health Commission is to ensure all minority Arkansans access to health care that is equal to the care provided to other citizens of the state and to seek ways to provide education, address issues and prevent diseases and conditions that are prevalent among minority populations. To learn more about the Arkansas Minority Health Commission visit arminorityhealth.com. To get more details about Camp iRock visit campirock.com.

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