Monday, June 20, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022
About this Event
5202 University Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146
***CONDITION: If your child will be out more than 1 week throughout the camp period, then your child may not participate this year***
The translational health in nutrition and kinesiology (THINK) program is a multidimensional curriculum designed to enhance health-related physical fitness and physical literacy against a backdrop of STEM education. Health-related physical fitness encompasses body composition and fat distribution along with physical fitness variables including aerobic fitness, muscular strength/power, muscular endurance, and flexibility all of which reduce the risk of chronic disease. Physical literacy encompasses the confidence, competence, motivation, and knowledge/understanding of exercise science and its benefits in promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.
The THINK program always begins with the introduction of a health-related theme relevant to nutrition or exercise science education. This is followed by hands-on clinical experiences using different pieces of equipment such as goniometers to measure range of motion, ECG’s to measure heart rate and rhythms during exercise, or bio-impedance and skin calipers to measure body composition. This allows participants to be proactive in learning more about their own bodies and how it functions in response to exercise. Structured physical activities that reinforce educational and clinical experiences round out the program. These activities are designed to promote creative thinking (brain games), team play, self-expression, and fun.
At the elementary and middle school level, the THINK program focuses on the translation of nutrition and exercise physiology concepts into positive lifestyle behaviors against a backdrop of STEM learning. At the high school and college level, the program focuses on STEM education and the professional preparation of students for college life and careers in the applied sciences. At all levels, we hope to extend student knowledge in nutrition and the exercise sciences by laying the foundation of a good STEM education, empowering our youth to lead active healthy lifestyles, and motivating students to consider pursuing STEM-related careers.