The kids are out of class for summer break, but the learning doesn’t stop throughout the summer months. Baptist Memorial Healthcare partnered with the American Diabetes Association for a third year to put on Camp Day2Day last week.
Campers ages 7 to 16 were offered an experience to enjoy the outdoors and field trips, while learning about their bodies, health and diabetes.
“We want to grow strong bodies. We want to grow a strong future for our communities, and we’re really interested in starting with our children,” said the camp’s director, Erin Callahan.
The camp takes kids with Type 1 and 2 diabetes, those who are at-risk of developing the disease, along with their friends and family members. The campers learn about their condition, as well as how to manage it, while staying on top of their health through meal choices and activities.
“We want to grow strong bodies, we want to grow a strong future for our communities and we’re really interested in starting with our children,” explains Callahan.
The summer learning doesn’t have to stop at camp. Ann Marie Wallace, Senior Community Outreach Coordinator for Baptist Memorial Healthcare says parents should continue to get involved in their child’s health. Fun activities can help pave the way to good individual choices, when no one’s watching.
“A parent could take them to the Pink Palace and say, ‘oh, let’s understand reading labels. What’s the nutritional value in what we’re eating?'” She says, “Do a grocery store field trip and say,’ let’s stay on the outer realm of the grocery store, not on the inside.'”