ANA MARIA ARBELEAZ, M.D.
To Whom It May Concern:
…As a pediatric endocrinologist I am witnessing alarming statistics of adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome. The sedentary lifestyles and fast food consumption are variables contributing to an obesity epidemic.
The principals of Camp Jump Start focus on a healthy lifestyle including appropriate caloric consumption and physical activity modifications. The four-eight week program empowers adolescents with the knowledge and skills to make appropriate life altering decisions.
I have reviewed the data obtained throughout the program and I am impressed with the ongoing success that the campers are experiencing following their departure from Camp Jump Start. I look forward to participating in potential research and positive outcomes affiliated with this program.
Ana Maria Arbeleaz, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Washington University School of Medicine