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Kids' Fitness, Math Camp Opens

Healthy Body-Healthy Mind Camp Opens at UC Riverside July 21

Some Slots Still Open for Middle School Participants

(July 7, 2003)

Students at the 2002 Healthy Body-Healthy Mind program at UC Riverside

Students at the 2002 Healthy Body-Healthy Mind program at UC Riverside

RIVERSIDE, Calif. —— Space is available in the free Healthy Body-Healthy Mind program for boys and girls entering grades 7 and 8 who wish to participate and can show good grades. The program is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to Noon, July 21 through July 25 at the Student Recreation Center at the University of California, Riverside. For more information about space availability, contact Linda Rankin at the ALPHA Center at (909) 787-5425 or by email (see below).

The Children’s Spine Foundation, UC Riverside's ALPHA Center and the Student Recreation Center at UC Riverside sponsor the program, which focuses on developing a well-rounded individual by balancing the roles of health, education, fitness, nutrition and a positive mental attitude.

Participants will receive instruction in mathematics as it relates to health; physical education as it relates to a healthy lifestyle, self-motivation and character development. Pamela Clute, lecturer in mathematics at UC Riverside and executive director of the ALPHA Center will teach the program. Participants must show a copy of their latest report card showing good grades or have a teacher recommendation to qualify.

Parents or guardians of participants must arrange for transportation to and from the Student Recreation Center at UC Riverside on the corner of Linden Street and Aberdeen Drive. Parents or guardians are invited to participate in the awards program the last day of the academy. Participants get special gifts including athletic bags, T-shirts, water bottles, books, posters and healthy snacks.

The Student Recreation Center at UC Riverside includes racquetball, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts along with a 6,000-square-foot state of the art weight room.

The ALPHA Center was established in 1998 to increase the historically low rate of college-qualified high school graduates from inland Southern California, and to ensure their success once enrolled.

ALPHA Center staff attacked the problem using a three-pronged approach: First, assist students who need help getting into or excelling in college; second, train teachers to better master their subjects; and third, research how students learn and which teaching methods are most effective.

The ALPHA Center now runs nearly 90 programs, which have reached about 84,000 students, 6,700 teachers and 400 administrators at more than 150 school sites in Riverside, San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles counties.

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