Mercy Medical Center held its third annual Bee Healthy Camp July 9–12 for children ages 8–10 at Mercy Medical Center at St. Paul Square. Staffed by Mercy employees and health professionals and teen volunteers, children learned about nature, nutrition, hygiene and fitness; enjoyed crafts and visits from Mercy Pet Patrol and Stark Parks Critters; and received healthy and well-balanced lunches each day. Campers also visited the StarkFresh Urban Teaching Farm, located on Winfield Way NE in Canton.
“The day camp is a way for children to learn healthy behaviors for a healthier lifestyle in a fun environment, which includes physical exercise, creative crafts and nutritious meals,” says Sister Carolyn Capuano, HM, vice president of Mission and Ministry Services at Mercy Medical Center.
Mercy Mission Outreach worked with many hospital departments including food and nutrition services, courier, supply chain, nursing, volunteer services, media services and the Mercy Service League, as well as community partners JRC, Stark Parks and StarkFresh to provide an enjoyable experience for the campers. Teen volunteers from Central Catholic High School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School served as camp counselors.
Bee Healthy Camp is funded in part by a generous grant from the Sisters of the Humility of Mary and Mercy Medical Center.
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