Some campers at the Iowa 4-H Center this summer have the opportunity to experience Immersion in Wellness. Iowa State University faculty in food science and human nutrition are conducting this new research study targeted toward lowering childhood obesity. The study is receiving funding from the Wellmark Foundation Healthy Communities Grant Program.
Participating youth will be immersed in nutrition education, gardening, culinary skills, physical activity and a health-promoting environment, said Ruth Litchfield, associate professor and state nutrition extension specialist. “The immersion experiences will develop youths’ skills and abilities so they can succeed, and transfer the positive health behaviors they experience at camp to their home and community.”