It’s never too early to start a healthy lifestyle and that’s why a group of Aldine ISD students spent a week this summer at the H.A.P.P.Y. (Healthy Attitudes Promote Positive Youth) Summer Bootcamp sponsored by the Memorial Hermann Nimitz Clinic.

The camp was held July 15-19 and 13 AISD students in fifth-eighth grade participated.

The weeklong camp consisted of daily sessions that included an hour of daily exercise, a medical evaluation, a nutrition consultation and a self-esteem group counseling session. Campers also enjoyed a daily arts and crafts session.

The sessions promoted a healthy lifestyle through guided practice, according to Ashley Scott, MPH, PA-C, the camp organizer.

“We invited kids who are serious about making healthy changes in their lives,” Scott said. “We hold 10 school-based camps around the Houston area, but this is the original one and we are in our fifth year.”

Scott added another goal of the camp was to reduce childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.

The students came from Dunn Elementary School, Parker Elementary School, Ogden Elementary School, Lewis Middle School, Teague Middle School and Jones Middle School.

Jones Middle School physical education teacher directed the daily exercise sessions.