Fit as a Firefighter Camp
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The Fit as a Firefighter summer camp, sponsored in part by the SMH Foundation.

Each summer, Slidell Memorial Hospital and St. Tammany Fire Protection District 1 and Cross Gates Family Fitness team up with a host of community groups to offer a summer nutrition and fitness day camp that aims to build self esteem and teach nutrition and exercise skills to local children ages 8-12. Fun activities teach children and their families to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle.

In addition to daily nutrition and fitness classes taught by certified dietician and fitness trainers, other activities, such as New Orleans Saints Youth Training, Smokehouse, fire truck and ambulance tours, Indoor/Outdoor Firefighter games, karate, zumba, body combat, stress and coping skills and Get Wet, Have Fun Water Day, are designed to teach kids about being healthy while they are having fun. The children also will learn personal safety, including First Aid training, boating and community safety.

The program was honored at the 5th Annual Southern Obesity Summit as a model of a successful community initiative to be implemented at other cities in the region. Fit as a Firefighter has also won an American Heart Association "Community Fitness Innovation Award”, an "Innovator of the Year Award” from New Orleans CityBusiness magazine, and the National Focus Award from the National Association of Junior Auxiliary.

"This program provides children in our community with an opportunity to learn new behaviors that will shape them into healthy, active adults.  Children who embrace healthy eating and exercise habits early on have an easier time maintaining a healthy lifestyle through adolescence and adulthood.”

Tisha Batuk, Camp Director - SMH Community Outreach Coordinator

Community partners include:
    • Ochsner Health System
    • Cross Gates Family Fitness
    • Forged Steele CrossFit Kids
    • Live Confident Martial Arts
    • Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries
    • New Orleans Saints Jr. Training Camp
    • Parisi Speed School
    • St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
    • Walgreens
    • St. Tammany Parish Communications District #1
    • Universal Youth Shooting Sports (Archery)
    • Slidell High School Robotics
    • UnitedHealthcare Dr. Health E. Hound
    • Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore
    • SMH Foundation
    • SMH Women’s Health Alliance
    • Home Bank
    • Chick-Fil-A



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