A summer camp to keep diabetes at bay

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Diabetes is a major health problem in South Texas, one that tends to run in families. Just as alarming is the large army of children in our community on the path of developing this devastating disease.

Camp PowerUp isn’t the only program developed to prevent these kids from developing diabetes, but it might be the most fun. The weeklong summer day camp for high-risk kids started in San Antonio three years ago and has expanded to cities across the country.

The kids play games and learn about diabetes, healthy eating and the importance of physical activity to stay healthy. And at the end of each day, the families join campers to learn more about the disease together.

Kids between 10 and 14 years of age can attend for free with a doctor’s prescription. They must have a BMI that puts them at risk (95 percent or higher) and at least one other risk factor — a parent or sibling with Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, a recent HbA1c score of 5.7 percent to 6.4 percent, or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Camp PowerUp is a partnership between University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute, UT Health San Antonio and the American Diabetes Association.

Read this story about Camp PowerUp by Rivard Report reporter Roseanna Garza.

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