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Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda looks to help address the obesity issue this summer by offering a “Girls on the Go Wellness Camp.”

The camp starts July 8 and runs through Aug. 16 at the coed school, 39 O’Hara Road, which sees its mission in part to teach a healthy perspective on nutrition and fitness.

“Obesity is a major health risk factor and the underlying cause of many fatal and life-altering medical conditions causing great issues for our community,” school officials said in a news release.

The National Center for Health Statistics recently found that high school girls have a higher rate of obesity (40 percent) than high school boys (34 percent), so the school decided to first focus on the girls. Program organizers have partnered with the University at Buffalo Exercise and Nutrition Science graduate program and a certified personal trainer. The program will focus on motivation, empowerment and education, and on meeting the needs of women and adolescent girls.

Financial support for the program is being provided by the Vincent & Harriet Palisano Foundation and the American Association of University Women Buffalo Branch. Several area medical practices – Century Airport Pediatrics, Summit Pediatrics and Wheatfield Pediatrics – also are supporting the effort by offering scholarships for participants who cannot afford the $100 registration fee. There are 50 team (adolescent girl/caring adult) slots available, but the roster is filling. For more information or to request a brochure, contact Yvonne Folck or Nancy Cliff at 695-2600.

Program will focus on motivation, empowerment.