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Children's Hospital hosts golf camp, fitness program for heart health

Children's Hospital hosts golf camp, fitness program for heart health (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Dozens of kids got into the swing of things at a special golf camp on Friday.

It was a first of its kind event that was hosted by the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

It was designed to help encourage those living with heart defects and also motivate kids fighting obesity to reduce heart risks.

The team at Lunken Playfield teamed up with Children's Hospital and another group called “First Tee” to teach kids that anyone can play golf and it might be good for your whole body, but especially your heart.

“I had a congenital heart defect… so I had to have two open heart surgeries,” said Maggie.

Maggie got quite the golf lesson on Friday. She found out it's just a game that's all heart.

“It doesn't matter how bad your heart condition is, it just matters that whoever you are you can just go out and try a new sport,” said Maggie.

The goal for the volunteers who run the program is just to give back.

“My son, who's 5-years-old, was born with a congenital heart defect and this is sort of combining two passions, golf and helping kids with heart defects or future risk of heart issues,” said Spencer Timmel.

The rules of the game were important, but so are the rules of life.

“The First Tee is a youth development organization to teach kids golf and a platform also to teach them character building, life skills, core values, and healthy habits,” said Gale Wallmark of First Tee.

The kids involved were wearing “Fitbits” so that the Children's Hospital could gather information from them for future fitness research.

“We want to see if this golf camp has an effect on how much they move at home and how much they move here at golf camp,” said Christopher Kist of Children's Hospital Weight Management Program.

The Heart Institute offers several camps for kids throughout the summer to try and help kids improve fitness levels.

The research data is downloaded from the kids who wear the Fitbits and volunteer to participate in the fitness studies.

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