Chinese summer camp for overweight US teens


Iowa-based China Connection Global Healthcare (CCGH) is spearheading the new Fitness and Culture Experience for Teens, an eight-week summer camp in China for overweight American teenagers.

Organised in coordination with China's Aimin Weight Reduction Hospital, the programme will offer 40 US high school students and 10 of their Chinese peers an international wellness experience integrating diet, exercise and traditional Chinese medicine to achieve significant weight loss. The camp will be held in Tianjin, China from June 10 to August 10.

The obesity-intervention plan designed to address the social, environmental and individual determinants of the disease.

Based on reports from the Centers for Disease Control, one in six American children is overweight or obese, a rate that has tripled during the last 20 years. Children and adolescents are developing obesity-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, that were once only seen in adults. A new study by the World Cancer Research Fund also reports that 34 percent of all cancer cases in America can be prevented simply by eating better, exercising more and maintaining healthier weights.

CCGH founder Ruth Lycke said: “We are passionate about the Fitness and Culture Experience being a catalyst in changing the lives of these young people. This group will reshape their bodies and expand their awareness of the world and its people in a unique way."

CCGH is a medical tourism agency specialises in sending American health tourists to China and the only company focused on addressing obesity in teens.

Lycke herself went to the First Teaching Hospital in Tianjin years ago for traditional Chinese medicine treatment following a stroke.

Organisers of the Fitness and Culture Experience for Teens hope to simulate the encouraging experience by teenager Alonzo Bland who last year lost over 300 pounds without the use of bariatric surgery during his nine-month stay in China. Teen participants in the programme this summer can expect to lose between 20 and 25 pounds per month under strict, medical supervision.

CCGH has an office in China and is growing its teenage weight loss programme through a grassroots approach to local sponsorships and is hiring from the ranks of the highly skilled, unemployed in each city. Thirty field representatives in 30 cities across the US will assist CCGH in selecting participants and sponsors from the communities in which they live. The goal is to reach kids who need help the most and ensure no deserving teen is left behind as a result of his or her family's financial situation.

China Connection Global Healthcare enables its clients to receive Western and traditional Chinese medical care through a network of Chinese hospitals and clinics at rates far less than those charged in America. Since 2006, CCGH has assisted hundreds of people from the US, Canada, the UK, India, Australia and Japan in finding the care they needed.



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