Kids in some of Illinois’ urban areas are learning about proper diet and exercise this summer, from 4-H. Kids in Champaign, Decatur, Peoria and the Moline area being given day camp opportunities as part of a national 4-H effort to address obesity. “They’ll be doing lots of physical activity to hopefully learn and identify a physical activity that they enjoy and continue doing as a result of participation in the 4-H program,” said Madonna Weese, youth extension specialist with Illinois 4-H.
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The kids in the camps are as young as 8. The organization has trained 100 teenagers to do the instructing, figuring the campers look up to teenagers and will follow their example. 4-H hopes the camp kids learn a lesson that they take into adulthood, and that they take home to the rest of their families. The effort, called Youth Voice: Youth Choice, Summer Nutrition Camps, received $50,000 from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Illinois 4-H was one of 16 states to receive the grants.