O nly 5% of cancers are hereditary, but cancer is the leading cause of deaths in the U.S. killing 1,575 people daily. Approximately 2/3 are caused by using tobacco products, physical inactivity and unhealthy food selections.

CampersIts estimated that 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese. At this rate by 2030, half of Americans will be obese. Obesity is poised to surpass tobacco as the leading cause of cancer, heart disease and diabetes within a few years. Two ways to aid in combating this issue is to eat better and move more.

Partnerships with Greater Love Christian Development Center and the Jacksonville Housing Authority allows us to provide six to eight weeks of summer fun and learning in Health Zones that experience high rates of late cancer diagnosis. Our camp is 100% free to youth ages 5- 15 with a parent in treatment for cancer and minimum cost to all others.

Camp activitiesCampers experience all the traditional features of camp; arts and crafts, recreational games, academics and a healthy dose of intellectual stimulation and mindfulness activities and anti-bullying activities. Also, included is youth mental health and anti-drug and alcohol abuse protocol. Our goal is to challenge campers to expand their knowledge of nutrition by giving them opportunities to learn about, plan and prepare food. While learning that alcohol is a carcinogen and smoking causes lung cancer.

Our Generation Healthy curriculum includes, coping techniques to reduce daily stress and family friendly instructor lead workshops with practical lessons for utilizing a balanced diet to decrease risk of chronic disease, keeping food safe to eat, reading labels and plant-based education. Parents engage in preparing nutritious snacks and given 30 minutes meal recipes to try at home. To make it even more fun and engaging opportunities exist for families to compete in our healthy dish cook-offs. For the past three years youth and parent’s who participate and complete program have attended a Jacksonville Jaguar Game courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguar Foundation.