I’m fortunate to work with passionate people. Among them is Dr. Stephanie Abrams, a pediatric gastroenterologist in my group at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She’s dedicated her early career to the understanding of hepatic steatosis (fatty liver) in obese kids. And when she isn’t busy setting the standard for the management of fatty liver seen in overweight children, she’s works as the medical director of Kamp K’aana. And I thought I was busy.
Kamp K’aana, a weight management camp that helps obese kids, 10 to 14 years of age, make the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve their ideal weights. This camp is tailored to the emotional, physical and dietary needs of overweight children. As Steph recently told me, “these kids are kick started into what it feels like to be healthy.” The healthy environment at K’aana is matched by the fact these kids can be themselves. For so many of these children competing and keeping up with lean children can be discouraging. A camp like this is a great equalizer and allows kids to let their guard down and just be kids.
If you know of any children age 10-14 who struggle with their weight, you might suggest their parents inquire about Kamp K’aana. You can link through to registration information here. This year, through the generosity of the Harris County Hospital District Foundation and The Woman’s Fund, Kamp K’aana is able to offer scholarships to 28 children. But Kamp K’aana is always in need of financial support. If you are interested in helping a child go to camp who might otherwise never have the chance, you can contact Dr. Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-822-4780.
It’s rare when a medical scientist’s drive to help carries from the lab to campground. Dr Steph Abrams and her passion is an inspiration not only to her patients but to her colleagues as well. Pass the Kamp K’aana message along if you can.
“k’aana” is an Alabama Coushatta Indian word for “wellness” and also stands for Kids Achieving Activity & Nutrition Awareness.