Camp iRock to begin third annual camp at UAPB

The Arkansas Minority Health Commission will host the third annual Camp iRock, an all-girl fitness and nutrition camp, beginning today and continuing through June 22 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Forty participants from across the state will attend this free camp, designed exclusively for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Camp iRock offers educational activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting physical activity, healthy lifestyles and self-confidence.

For the third consecutive year, first lady of Arkansas, Ginger Beebe, will participate in the closing ceremony. Camp iRock continues to explore new territories with this marking its first year at UAPB.

“Because there are definite correlations between obesity and academic performance, we chose to hold this year’s camp at UAPB and expose our campers to the college experience,” said Chantel Tucker, health initiative project manager with the AMHC.

According to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, one in three Arkansas public school students are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight. These children have a higher risk of developing diabetes orthopedic problems, sleep disturbances and kidney problems. In addition, behavioral and psychological problems have been related to childhood obesity, and obese students are twice as likely to be in special education as non-obese students.

“The Arkansas Minority Health Commission is proud of the success of the last two year’s camps and our campers, and we hope to generate that same positivity and impact in 2013,” says Dr. Idonia Trotter, executive director of the AMHC. “Providing this experience to girls in minority communities is an important part of making an impact on the health disparities that the AMHC was created to address.”

Camp iRock 2013 is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the AMHC, UAPB, Cossatot Community College University of Arkansas and Girl Scout-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

About Arkansas Minority Health Commission

The mission of The Arkansas Minority Health Commission is to ensure all minority Arkansans access to health care that is equal to the care provided to other citizens of the state and to seek ways to provide education, address issues and prevent diseases and conditions that are prevalent among minority populations. To learn more about the Arkansas Minority Health Commission visit To get more details about Camp iRock visit