Are you looking for access to a successful program that has a proven track record for over a decade?

A proven track record AND is ACCREDITED by the American Camp Association?

Accreditation, Certifications, Licensing And Awards

American Camp Accreditation

American Camp Accreditation (ACA) is the best evidence parents have of a camp’s commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for their children.

American Camp Association accreditation is voluntary, so even though many state and federal laws and regulations address basic sanitation and food service concerns, we at Living Well Foundation wanted to take this a step further by meeting American Camp Association Standards as well.  This is because American Camp Association Standards (over 300 of them!) go a step further in addressing the specific areas of programming, personnel, health care and management practices.

ACA Standards reflect every aspect of camp management and operation:

  • Site: Fire protection, food service, sleeping quarters, utility and maintenance systems.
  • Transportation: Procedures concerning drivers, vehicles and traffic on site.
  • Health and Wellness: Staff qualifications, facilities requirements, record keeping, storage and distribution of medicines, contact information and health forms.
  • Operational Management: Safety regulations, emergency communication systems, procedures for intruders, personal property regulations.
  • Human Resources: Staff qualifications, screening and training, supervision ratios and procedures.
  • Program Activities: Aquatics, adventure/challenge, trips, horseback riding and staff qualifications for special programs.

Mandatory standards include requirements for staff screening, emergency exits, first aid, aquatic-certified personnel, storage and use of flammables and firearms, emergency transportation, obtaining appropriate health information, among others.

Patients can (and should) verify the accreditation status of any camp at any time.  This may be accomplished through the American Camp Association Website at www.ACAcamps.org or by calling 1-800-428-CAMP.

Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity: Living Well Foundation

  • A+ Rating since 2008
  • Our BBB accredited charity meets all 20 standards for charity accountability and is a seal holder

Safety First: Living Well Foundation

  • Markel’s Safety 1st program recognizes policy holders who have a proven safety record and have shown an exceptional commitment to the safety of their employees and customers.
  • Camp Jump Start at Living Well Village has received the award annually since it was offered.

WIT® Program

Camp Jump Start has also developed the WIT®: (Wellness in Teens, Tweens, Tots and Twenty+) Program, which has been peer reviewed and published in medical journals.

  • It is a national award winning, evidence based practice showing positive outcomes.
  • It is also recognized nationally as a best practice by the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality in Washington D.C.
  • It is award winning from the Cooper Institute.
  • Research published nationally and internationally with St. Louis University and Washington University.

Awards

2006

“Best Practice”

National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality

2006

Young Professional Award

American Camp Association

2004

“Best Practice”

Cooper Institute

Accomplishments

2002

“Fat Like Me” Documentary

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Hosted by New York film crew in New York

2005

“A comprehensive, year-round weight management program for obese children”

Research Abstract Presentation

Presented at American Camp Association National Convention

Chicago, Illinois

“What’s Love Got To Do With It”

2007

“Assessing changes in anthropometrics and other physical fitness measures in response to a four-week residential weight loss camp”

Research abstract presentation

Dallas, Texas

Peer-reviewed Articles

2008

“Assessing changes in anthropometrics and other physical fitness measures in response to a four-week residential weight loss camp.”

Ashley Glade, SPT; Susan Racette, PhD and Jean Huelsing RN, BSN, MEd.

2010

“Camp Jump Start: Effects of a Comprehensive Residential Summer Health and Fitness Camp for Older Children and Adolescents”

Jean Huelsing, R.N., Nadim Kanafani, M.D., Jingnan Mao, Neil White, M.D

2013

“Baseline Lipids and Weight Loss among Youth are Associated With Ad36 Antibody Status”

Jillon S. Vander Wal, Jean Huelsing, Olga Dubuisson, Nikhil V. Dhurandhar

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2006

“Weighty Matters”

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“Teen Wanted More Than Weight Loss”

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“The Growing Problem of Childhood Obesity”

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“Camp Jump-starts Struggle Against Obesity”

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“Weight Loss Camp for Kids-Teens trade pounds for self-esteem At the camp that offer tools for lasting success”

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“Propósito de Año Nuevo: ¡Qué este sea el año más sano de sus hijos”

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“Getting A Jump Start on Healthy Living”

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March 2016

Top 10 Questions to Ask a Weight Loss Camp Director

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April 2016

Jumping-Off Point

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April 2016

Food as Medicine

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May 2016

Hypertension

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June 2016

Men’s Health Month Is a Family Affair

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July 2016

Childhood Obesity

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August 2016

New School Year Resolutions

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September 2016

Cholesterol-Know Your Numbers and How They Are Trending

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October 2016

Is It Safe For My Child To Be A Vegetarian

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November 2016

How a Mom Can Make A Difference

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December 2016

Giving Back-Teaching Children Philanthropy

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January 2017

Make Your New Year’s HEALTH RESOLUTION LAST

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Invited Written Review of Books

2006

Winning the Weight War

Dr. Gillian Moore-Groake

2007

Dr.Susan’s Kids-Only Weight Loss Guide

Dr. Susan Bartell

Inclusion in books

2009

Teenage Waistland

by Abby Ellin

2010

America’s Cookie Kids: Die gesellschaftliche Situation übergewichtiger Heranwachsender in den USA (German Edition)

by Caroline Belz

Divorce: Did You Even Think About Me? Letters of Hurt and Healing

By Jean Huelsing (Author)

Divorce: Did You Even Think About Me? Letters of Hurt and Healing is a book that explores the effects of divorce on children, from their point of view. Through the eyes of children of divorce, a new perspective emerges showing how their lives are affected, often more than the lives of the people who are divorcing.

This book will help a child realize that they are not alone. Many children are in the same position and feeling the same emotions. Many children find their emotions are normal and may find comfort from one of the responses. This book will also help adults hear the voice of their child when they consider divorce. Divorce must be a last resort after all else fails in trying to solve adult problems. Hopefully one of these stories will resonate and give guidance during this difficult period in life for all involved. We must always remember it is not the child s fault and they need the parent to take care of them, and if the parent cannot, then the parent needs to find someone who can. The ending of this book also comes from the children s collective thoughts when divorce is necessary.