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Monroe CC's Be a Healthy Hero camp curbs summer learning loss
 August 11, 2014


The Monroe Community College (Rochester, NY) athletic program, in conjunction with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the Monroe Community College Foundation, recently held a five-week summer camp for 325 students, ages 6 to 13, from eight Rochester city schools. The camp ran from July 7-Aug. 8.

The new Be A Healthy Hero Summer Camp helped the students stay physically and intellectually active while reducing the health and learning declines that can occur over the summer months. The camp was made possible by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation’s $597,000 grant to the Monroe Community College Foundation.

“The three key components to the camp are education, fitness, and fun,” said MCC Director of Athletics Skip Bailey. “The students are able to improve their math, reading, and health education skills, while at the same time developing lifelong healthy living habits.

“In addition, they are learning good sportsmanship through training in a variety of sport activities.”

Led by MCC’s Athletics Department and Program Director Elizabeth Fell Kelly, Ed.D., the camp incorporates 20 hours per week of fitness activities, along with 10 hours of high quality academic enrichment programs in reading and mathematics aimed at eliminating summer learning loss. Campers also receive health education instruction in proper nutrition, character development, drug and alcohol avoidance, team-building and personal decision-making, as well as healthy breakfasts and lunches every day.

MCC has a long history of providing opportunities to the youth of Rochester. Former Monroe Director of Athletics George C. Monagan connected the college to the National Youth Sports Program in the early 1970’s, when it was sponsored by the NCAA.

“The program was in place for children in cities across America to go and have a safe place to learn these valuable life lessons during the summer months,” Bailey added. “That program dissolved here at MCC, but we’ve been able to keep the concept alive for 43 consecutive years.

“MCC’s new partnership with the Greater Rochester Health Foundation has helped continue the tradition, and I know Mr. Monagan would be proud.”

About Greater Rochester Health Foundation
Greater Rochester Health Foundation was created in 2006 to improve the health of the Greater Rochester community, inclusive of Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. Between 2007 and 2013, Greater Rochester Health Foundation has distributed $53 million to hundreds of organizations in the nine-county service area that are working to improve the health of their communities in our strategic areas of focus, health care delivery, neighborhood health status improvement; and prevention.

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