Community Youth Program: Biggest Winner Youth Challenge of Central Ohio Expands

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Community Youth Outreach program focusing on fitness and nutrition for inner city youth ages 6-14 adds community garden! In partnership with Local Matters, Inc. and City of Columbus Schools Out Program, the Biggest Winner curriculum now reaches nearly 300 youth in urban Columbus neighborhoods.

Kids are CHAMPIONS of the dirt! Ready to get our "plant" on!!!

The curriculum in conjunction with the community garden is aimed at equipping children and their families with the knowledge, resource, and access to good healthy food choices. The overall goal is to make a positive difference in healthy lifestyles.

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Summer of 2012 welcomes "growth" for the Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence Foundation “Biggest Winner Youth Challenge”. Entering its fourth year, the program that started as an injury prevention program for 10 local youth has now blossomed into a city wide summer camp including a curriculum of fitness, nutrition, self esteem and team building for nearly 300 of Columbus’ inner city youth.

For the first time in Biggest Winner history, a community garden has been planted at Thompson Recreation center aimed at serving the children and families surrounding the recreation center. New also to the Biggest Winner program for 2012 is the sharing of the fitness curriculum with all four of the “School Out” program organized by City of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. All counted, approximately 300 kids will take part in this 9 week summer camp. Local Matters, Inc. will again bring their 9 week nutritional curriculum to Blackburn Recreation Center teaching an interactive program based on whole foods and including hands on seminars on food preparation and nutritional education.

The nutrition and fitness curriculum in conjunction with the community garden is aimed at equipping children and their families with the knowledge, resource, and access to good healthy food and lifestyle choices and to make a positive difference in healthy choices and behaviors for these wonderful youth of Columbus.

The camp will culminate at the “Biggest Winner Field Day” on Friday August 3rd at Howard Recreation Center. With support from the “Safe Kids” division of Johnson and Johnson as well as Anthem Insurance, The Biggest Winner Field Day will feature a traveling rocks and ropes course, injury prevention and safety stations, and fun games and activities as we bring the summer to a close.

Check out our YouTube recap of last year's kids camp!

A special thank you to City of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, Johnson and Johnson, Anthem, Stand Energy, The Ohio Therapy Institute and The Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence Foundation for pulling together, working together, and GROWING together to make this amazing program happen for these deserving youth.

About The Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence Foundation: The OOCE Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non profit started by the physicians of the Ohio Orthopedic Center of Excellence in an effort to provide valuable community outreach in areas of injury prevention, health and wellness to the Central Ohio community at large. For more information on the Center or it's Foundation, visit http://www.ohio-ortho.com.

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