Girls get ready for 'Camp iRock' | Events
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting applications for Camp iRock 2012, to be held June 3-9 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center seven miles west of Little Rock. Camp iRock is a free, week-long experience that takes advantage of interactive dialogue, workshops, and exercises to promote physical activity, healthy lifestyles and self-confidence in young girls.
The common threads among diseases that disproportionately affect minorities are poor nutrition and obesity. As a result of this epidemic, the AMHC voted to add nutrition and fitness as an overarching focus. Camp iRock was created to curve the impact of poor nutrition and obesity in Arkansas. The 2012 camp will focus on empowering young girls with the tools they need to improve their health and lifestyle choices.
Made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Arkansas Children's Hospital and Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the camp accepts 40 girls from the four congressional districts around the state. The application process is currently underway and the deadline for applications is March 9, 2012.
"The Arkansas Minority Health Commission is proud of the success of last year's camp and the campers, and we hope to generate that same positivity and impact in 2012," says Dr. Idonia Trotter, executive director of the AMHC. "Providing this experience to girls in minority communities is an important part of making an impact on the health disparities that the AMHC was created to address."
Last year's inaugural camp received overwhelmingly positive responses. In addition to the week of educational and fun-filled activities, the camp featured singer/actress Raven- Symone, and First Lady Ginger Beebe as guest speakers.
Eligible applicants must be Arkansas residents entering grades 6th-8th during the 2012-2013 school year. The camp provides services to any citizen in Arkansas regardless of race or ethnic background.
About The Arkansas Minority Health Commission
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission ensures all Arkansans equal access to health care that is equal to the care provided to other citizens of the state. AMHC seek ways to provide education, prevent diseases and addresses issues that are prevalent among minority populations. The commission focuses on addressing existing disparities in minority communities, educating these communities on healthier lifestyles, promoting awareness of services and accessibility within our current health care system, and making recommendations to relevant agencies, the Governor and to the state legislature.