Girls enjoying the pool.

Recipe: Modified, Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is a favorite for all, but it can be pack with calories. Make it at home, substituting margarine for butter, and skim milk and low fat cream cheese for whipping cream. You won’t taste the different, but your body will see the difference!


  • 1 T. margarine
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 c. skim milk
  • 2 T. low fat cream cheese
  • 1 /14 c. grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 4 c. hot cooked fettuccine cooked in water without oil or salt
  • 2 t. chopped fresh parsley and freshly ground pepper


  • Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  • Stir in flour.
  • Gradually add milk, stirring with a wire whisk until blended.
  • Cook for 8 minutes or until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in cream cheese, cook 2 min.
  • Add 1 c. Parmesan cheese and stir constantly until it melts. Then pour over hot, cooked fettuccine and toss well to coat.
  • Top with remaining 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and pepper.

Add Ons

  • For extra protein add a cut up, cooked lean chicken breast.
  • For the daily serving of vegetables add broccoli or peas.

Camper Favorite: Recipe for Pita Pizza

Pita PizzaHealthy, Nutritious and Delicious! Pita Pizza has become a favorite lunch dish at Camp Pocono Trails and Camp Vanguard, and it’s easy and fun to make at home!

For 1 Serving of Pita Pizza:


  • 1/4 cup of tomato sauce (bonus points for homemade)
  • 1 pita (2 ounces)
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) of shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Dash of each: garlic salt, pepper and oregano


  • Spoon tomato sauce over pizza.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and spices.
  • Bake at 350 until cheese melts.
  • Add desired toppings, keeping in mind vegetable are the best option!

Throwing a party? Set up a pita pizza toppings bar so each child can make their own!


Recipes: Healthy Breakfast Pizza

Not only is the breakfast pizza healthy and nutritious, it’s a fun way to get the family in the kitchen together on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Give each family member to opportunity to cater the breakfast pizza toppings to his or her taste!


  • 1 Light English Muffin
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil
  • 1 Piece light mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 teaspoon whipped light butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • optional other vegetables and toppings


  • Preheat over (or toaster oven) to 350 degrees
  • In a small dish, combine butter and garlic. Mix well and set aside.
  • Bring pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat, heat on the stove. Cook tomato slices for 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly blackened.
  • Split English muffin into halves. Spread garlic-butter mixture evenly over both halves. Top each half evenly with mozzarella cheese strips.
  • Place three basil leaves on top of each cheese-topped muffin half followed by tomato slices.

Per serving: 185 calories, 5g fat, 23.5g carbs, 6g fiber, 1.5g sugar, 14g protien

Fitness for Kids: Benefits of Instilling Physical Fitness Habits at a Young Age

Fitness for Kids at New Image CampsHumans are active by nature, but lately more and more kids become stagnant by watching too much TV, surfing the web and playing video games—a habit that becomes harder and harder to break with age.

According to the CDC’s State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, it’s recommended that children be active at least 60 minutes or more a day and that adults have at least 150 minutes of moderately intensive exercise and 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. The need for exercise, and fitness for kids and adults, never fades.

While that much exercise might not sound like a lot, many young adults never learn how to instill exercise into their routine. Learning at a young age, and by example, can solidify a habit or value for life, and one habit we all need is that of movement and exercise. This is why it’s important for you to be the role model and instill an active lifestyle into your child from the beginning.

“The earlier you start encouraging your child to be active, the better it is to develop good habits that will last a lifetime,” said Tricia Winfield, associate director at Camp Pocono Trails.

“If they don’t, they develop bad habits such as overeating and lethargic attitudes,” adds Samuel Friedman, fitness director at Camp Pocono Trails. “It [also] helps with socialization; if a child is part of an organized activity he or she will be able to meet other active kids.”

Other benefits of physical activity being learned at an early age is building strong bones and muscle; decreasing the risk of childhood onset diabetes, hypertension or stroke; better sleep; and a decrease in depression.

Although instilling fitness values into your child starts at home, it’s helpful to seek outside role models such as sport’s team coaches or camp counselors to reinforce the importance of this value.

At Camp Pocono Trails and Camp Vanguard, children are taught how to participate in various fitness activities and are positively encouraged to continue these at home. They not only learn how to participate but are educated on why movement and exercise is important and should play a role in the rest of their lives.

For information on how to sign your child up for weight loss camp, click here.

And read up on how to keep exercise in your child’s daily routine here.

CPT loves DEB Shops



While much of today’s headlines are transfixed on the negative variety; overlooked are the inspiring individuals who take pride and responsibility in empowering change.

The funny thing… a lot of these inspiring beings are unable to vote or drive on our nation’s roadways. Why? They’re still gracing the hallways and classrooms of elementary and junior high schools around the country.

Of all the earth’s occupants none are more bright-eyed, spirited, and humble than our youth. Children are eager to learn, open-minded, and in most cases still pure at heart.

Although often looked upon as lost and misguided, let’s not forget – the future belongs and lies directly in their hands.

Spend a few hours at the famed weight loss and wellness camp “Camp Pocono Trails” (also known as MTV’s Fat Camp), and you will find these inspiring young men and women at every turn.

Two of those success stories came from two courageous young women who have collectively lost 137 pounds at camp.


Ilana Vogel, 16, Boca Raton, Fla; and Arielle Walder, 16 – Chicago, Ill.; both longtime campers of Pocono Trails have motivated fellow campers and staff members alike with their inspiring weight loss, myself included.

To celebrate the success of both girls I reached out to the ever trendy retail chain DEB shops, who was gracious enough to provide the girls with back to school makeovers.


Outfit2Arielle Walder: lost 75 pounds

  • Reign color skinny jeans (olive)
  • Black and white horizontal striped a-symmetrical tank with side cut out.
  • Highway cropped denim vest (dark denim)
  • Double cross strap sandal with stones
  • Faux leather handbag with fringe and metallic twist handle

Outfit1Ilana Vogel: lost 62 pounds

  • Black leather pleated skater skirt with stud waistband
  • Mineral wash tee with vintage ride print screen and stones
  • High top sneaker with studs
  • Neon backpack with buckle

We’d like to thank the amazing people at DEB Shops for collaborating with the camp, gifting the looks, and sending the girls home with an extra boost of confidence.

While their external transformations have been nothing short of amazing, the greatest joy has been witnessing their confidence soar to new heights.

“CPT [Camp Pocono Trails] is my home away from home.” says Arielle. “I would never be able to imagine spending my summer anywhere else. (this camp) helped me lose weight but also helped me grow into who I am today. This is more than just a weight loss camp. I made friends that will last a lifetime.”

Being a part of this staff and watching these kids evolve in front of my eyes has been one of the greatest gifts. I am impressed and inspired by their courageousness and dedication to embark on such a grueling journey at such a young age.

The fashion in this post can be found at

May your day be filled with fun and fitness fit-dolls!



P.S. For more on our fabulous campers check out our “camper’s journey” tab on the blog!





Staff Spotlight: Cheri Armour

Good afternoon, beautiful people! It’s your favorite intern Joanna! This week our staff spotlight features the lovely lady pictured below, Cheri Armour!

Find out the inside scoop on this Zumba instructing beauty as she shares her health and wellness advice, and boasts about her love affair with Zumba. 


Our week has officially been upgraded … CHERI IS HERE! It is such an honor to have her instruct one of our favorite camp activities: ZUMBA!!!

Let’s rewind for a minute though; Cheri was here back in 2010 and we credit her for bringing Zumba to camp. Imagine our surprise when we tried Zumba for the first time and actually had fun. Isn’t working out supposed to be a daunting task? With Zumba, we had finally found our workout niche and everything changed from there. It wasn’t just us, though, girls side loved shaking it and dancing to all kinds of music (Michael Jackson, Shakira, LMFAO). By the time we left class, we had done cardio AND had fun. On a personal level, we saw a difference in ourselves and others as this class gained popularity and everyone began to get each dance perfected.

We had a unique opportunity to talk with Cheri about her passion for camp, fitness and staying active. Here’s what she had to say:

❤How did you get into Zumba?
I got into Zumba when I was like 16, I used to take classes with my sister. After I graduated college, I really wanted to get licensed, and after a big fight with this jerk I was dating, I went for it. I started officially teaching at NC State Department of Campus Recreation.

❤What made you want to come to CPT?
Honestly, I’d seen Fat Camp and Return to Fat Camp, and I was obsessed with the idea of the camp. It seemed so fun, and I really couldn’t pass up the chance to apply.

❤Did you imagine that your class would have such a positive reaction and following here at camp?
I had no idea class would be such a hit. I’d hoped it would be received well, but I had no idea. It’s very flattering that they seem to love it so well though.

❤What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching Zumba here at CPT?
I think the most rewarding aspect is coming back and seeing someone whose kept off the weight or someone whose starting running or teaching.

❤When you’re not doing Zumba, what is your favorite way to workout?
When I’m not doing Zumba, I love to run and do yoga. It keeps me sane, if I didn’t work out I’d be an anxious mess.

❤What is your favorite snack to have on-the-go?
My favorite snack to have on the go is dried fruit and hot tea. It’s a great way to satisfy a sweet craving and keep you pretty full between meals.

❤Any tips for people who are just starting their weightloss journey?
For people just starting their weight-loss journey, I’d say, get out and move every single day. Move. Walk. Run. Don’t let yourself finish the day without doing something until working out becomes an absolutely integral part of your life.

Many thanks to Cheri for taking the time to sit down and share her health and wellness knowledge. Cheri, you have led and greatly inspired an entire camp and we our fortunate to have you as a part of the Camp Pocono Trails family!

Peace, Love, and Fitness

For more information on the lives of our campers and staff, check the blog for further updates.

DIY Healthy Lunchables

Who doesn’t love a good lunchable every now and then?



The Lunchables brand is the perfect alternative for the on the go guy or gal! What I don’t love is the lack of nutrition in each package. Looking at the sodium totals alone will skyrocket your blood pressure to Jupiter and back again!


Instead of spending money on the processed version, buy your own ingredients and put a healthier spin on this classic lunchtime favorite.

  • Cruise by your local Deli and pick out your own meats: smoked turkey, chicken breast, honey glazed ham, etc. (you can also raid your refrigerator and use last night’s dinner leftovers.
  • Purchase an amazing gourmet cheese.
  • Add crackers/pita chips, chopped veggies, fruit, and finish it off with a feel good snack like granola, Greek yogurt, or half of a delicious pastry.


Salami and Cheese Bento Box:


  1. 1 oz unprocessed Cheese
  2. 1-2 ounces artisan Salami (can use another meat of your choosing)
  3. some gluten free, low salt Rice Crackers (or any crackers you wish)
  4. Leafy Salad Greens
  5. cut & cleaned veggies
  6. fresh fruit
  7. serving of granola

(recipe source:

Mad About PB&J Medley:

  1. tumblr_m86tsxBFTm1qfcmdcpeanut butter and jelly on whole wheat
  2. apple
  3. side salad
  4. cottage cheese
  5. all natural bar from the panda brand

Get creative and have fun with this one ladies and gents! Healthy eating doesn’t have to be stifling and uninteresting.



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