Type-2 diabetes has become increasingly prevalent among children and young people over the recent years. This realization has become a wake-up call for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to take action.
Los Angeles – The Starting Point
The ADA is still in its early stages of battling type-2 diabetes nationwide, and it has decided to begin its initiative in Los Angeles. The organization recently announced that it would be partnering with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to address this growing problem – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the most notable healthcare centers for children in the city. The organization is targeting children between the ages of 8 and 16 years, and it is targeting institutions such as schools, churches, and day camps.
Laying out its game plan, the organization said that its initiative would be dubbed Camp PowerUp (https://gazetteday.com/2017/10/dr-mark-holterman-child-hero/). As the title suggests, it will mostly involve bringing kids and teenagers together in a sort of a camp where they can learn important things about the condition.
In particular, Camp PowerUp has adopted an evidence-based strategy to teach its participants about the basic facts of avoiding type-2 diabetes. It engages the children in physical exercises meant to boost the body’s regulation of blood sugar – inactivity is one of the leading causes of type-2 diabetes. It also teaches the children about good dietary habits that help keep off cancer and improve overall health – kids’ eating habits, mostly dominated by processed and sugary foods, have been largely to blame for the rising cases of type-2 diabetes.
With time, ADA hopes to inspire other diabetes-oriented organizations in the nation to do the same if not more. It also plans to expand its Camp PowerUp program to other cities across the U.S.
About Mark Holterman
Mark Holterman, MD, is a proud member of the American Diabetes Association. He is passionate about eradicating diabetes in the U.S., and he is always working towards advancing medicine to accomplish his course.
Mark Holterman is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Today, he teaches pediatrics and surgery at the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine and often gives insights about the eradication of chronic diseases such as diabetes.