Monday, January 7, 2008

Kids Use Open Space – Not MySpace – To Drop Pounds

NORWOOD, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One weight loss wizard is helping kids go from flab to fab.

New Image Weight Loss Camps are a trio of fat camps across the country that help kids drop pounds through an assortment of activities from tennis and waterskiing, to nutrition and cooking classes.

Director Tony Sparber, who’s been in the belly-busting business for 25 years, believes rigorous rules and cutting the computer cords help campers part with the pounds.

He says, “In today’s world you get a lot of kids thinking they can do whatever they want, but that’s not going to happen here. It’s not boot camp, but there’s no Xbox, no Facebook, no cell phones, no MySpace.”

And while the more dramatic campers in Sparber’s squad were featured on the MTV documentaries Fat Camp and Return to Fat Camp, the only real drama Sparber sees is in his terrific transformations.

He says, “The work we do on a social level is probably more important than the physical work. We had a 15-year-old boy who lost 37 pounds. He came in shy, and left with a 1,000 friends!”

From now until May 15, the New Image Camp’s Pocono Trails location in Reeders, Pennsylvania, is having an essay contest to offer 10 kids a three-week scholarship. For more info, check out

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