East Carolina University is proud to partner with North Carolina 4-H, one of the state’s premier youth organizations, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension to sponsor Take Off 4-Health
Take Off 4-Health is a healthy lifestyle camp for overweight boys and girls ages 12-18. The 3-week residential camp is held each summer at the beautiful Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, NC and is supported by the ECU Brody School of Medicine.
Take Off 4-Health helps campers lose weight, build self esteem and learn the tools necessary to lead a healthy life and reduce their risks of developing chronic disease.
2012 Registration Information
- Due to a lack of funding, Take Off 4-Health 2012 has been cancelled.
- Please check back again in Spring 2013 for additional information about Take Off 4-Health 2013.
Past Financial supporters of Take Off 4-Health include:
- Pitt Memorial Hospital Foundation
- Bank of America
- Pitt Partners for Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Subcommittee
- Sylvia English Memorial Fund
- Jerry Atkins
- Eastern District of the North Carolina Dietetic Association
- Rep Express Catering
Nutrition Handouts for Families
Click on the links below to download and print out copies of the nutrition handouts used at the 2009 Take Off 4-Health camp.
- Stoplight Food Guide
The Stoplight Food Guide handout lists ANYTIME, SOMETIMES AND RARELY foods from each of the food groups that can help guide families in making healthy food choices.
- Smart Size Your Portions
The Smart Size Your Portions handout explains simple ways to measure serving sizes and portions.
- Hunger Scale
The goal of the Hunger Scale handout is to learn to eat only when you are hungry and to stop when you are satisfied.
- Choosing More Fruits & Vegetables
The Choosing More Fruits & Vegetables handout provides suggestions on ways to eat more fruits and veggies every day.
- Making Smart Drink Choices
Use the Making Smart Drink Choices handout to guide you in choosing drinks that help you maintain a healthy weight.
- Making Smart Choices When Eating Out
The Making Smart Choices When Eating Out and Fast Food Survival Guide suggest ways families can make better choices when eating away from home.
- Shop for Value, Check for Facts
The Shop for Value, Check for Facts handout guides families on how to read food labels, especially for kids.
Click here to view a "Camper Card," a tailored nutrition tool that guides campers in menu selection and portion sizes.
Camper Card Front
Camper Card Back
Leadership for Take Off 4-Health
East Carolina University
photo by Cliff Hollis
- David Collier, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine, Camp Medical Director
- Yancey Crawford, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine, ECU Camp Liaison
- Amy Gross McMillan, PhD, PT, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Allied Health, Physical Therapy Consultant
- Glenn Harris, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine, Diabetes Consultant
- Natalie Taft, MS RD, LDN, Department of Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine, Food Service and Nutrition Education
- Lesley Lutes, PhD, Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Consultant
- Keeley Pratt, PhD, MFTA, Department of Child Development and Family Relations, Medical Family Therapy Program, Behavioral Therapist
North Carolina State University
- Carolyn Dunn, PhD, Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences, Cooperative Extension Liaison & Nutrition Education
- Lee Scripture, Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences, Eastern 4-H Conference Center, Eastern 4-H Center Liaison
Other Leadership Members
- Sarah Armstrong, MD, Duke University Medical Center, Clinical Consultant