25 Stories: Betty Bajwa

Camp Program Partner (2011 – Present)

Betty Bajwa
Betty, right, instructs campers during a “Kids in the Kitchen” session


Betty Bajwa, a registered dietician for more than 40 years, has dedicated her time to One Heartland’s Camp 5210 (for youth striving for a healthy lifestyle) since the camp’s inception 8 years ago. As a part of the founding team, she has helped develop activities to teach healthy habits and nutrition including the very popular “Kids in the Kitchen” program. This activity gets our young participants into the kitchen to create and taste healthy recipes outside their comfort zone like kale chips, roasted vegetables, salsa, and more. Betty says, “Any way to help them get healthier – I’m strongly committed to doing that”.

Betty’s impact on our participants doesn’t stop when camp is over. Many of our campers are also her patients. Betty works year-round with doctors and other specialists at Park Nicollet to coordinate holistic care for youth struggling with weight management and other health issues. By bringing in familiar faces to assist with fun camp activities, youth build positive relationships with supportive health professionals – which goes a long way in helping them stay healthy throughout their lives. Camp becomes more than just a week of fun – it becomes a part of developing life-long health.

Thank you Betty, for your commitment to the youth who attend Camp 5210!