The ENERGY (Educating, Nutrition, Exercise, Rest and Goodness to Youth) Healthy Summer Camps program complements already existing summer day camps programming. The goal of the program is to reduce risk of childhood obesity among summer camp participants by promoting healthy habits related with healthy eating, physical activity, sleep and emotional well-being.

The ENERGY program complements the summer day camps curriculum at urban branches of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. The participating locations include: Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA, Anderson Munger Family YMCA, Mid-Valley Family YMCA, Weingart Wellness & Aquatic Center and Hollywood YMCA. ENERGY is for children ages 6-13 who are participating in a summer day camp. The program is delivered over 6 weeks. Gasol Foundation trains camp counselors to lead health promoting activities with campers through the week and then delivers a health workshop at the end of the week.

Program Benefits

ENERGY promotes the adoption of healthy lifestyles by increasing the positive attitude, knowledge, skills and self-efficacy around the topics of: sports and physical activity, healthy eating, sleep, and emotional wellbeing.

Our Impact



have participated in ENERGY

62,4 %

of children

improved in healthy eating

54 %

of children

improved in sleep quality and duration

38.3 %

of children

improved in physical activity

50 %

of children

improved their sleep quality and duration

51 %

of children

improved in emotional well-being