RRH to offer youth diabetes camp

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

According to the latest available data, the incidence of diabetes in youth has increased 21 percent between 2001-2009 — with more than 200,000 Americans under age 20 being diagnosed.

As a part of its comprehensive approach to community wellness and outreach, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is taking proactive steps to educate local youth about how to make healthy choices in nutrition and activity that can help manage, or event prevent, diabetes.

The first “Youth Diabetes Camp” will be held June 12-16 from 10 a.m. to noon at High Desert Fitness, 1000 N. Norma St.

While the course is tailored toward ages 7-18, “we have left the group open to siblings, friends and parents so that the whole family-and-friends unit can learn and be a support,” said Tera Moorehead, director of outreach at RRH.

The hospital recently started a diabetes support group, which has been attended mostly by adults. “We would love to have teens and parents of children with diabetes attend, but we also know that providing information specifically for youth is important,” said Moorehead.

“We want to be able to provide something locally for youth who have diabetes that is both fun and educational.”

She added that some of the information can be applied by anyone — regardless of a diagnosis.

“We will be going over material that deals with eating right and exercising. However, we will also have some specific information on diabetes and helping empower the youth so that they can make healthy decisions for themselves.”

Instructors will go over how to read and interpret the nutritional panel on packaged food, teach how to count carbs and give trips on developing problem-solving skills.

Participants will also be led through activities and exercises at the fitness center.

“We are asking for people to sign up beforehand,” said Moorehead. She said that signups and questions can be directed to her at 760-499-3825.

For more information about diabetes statistics in the United States, visit www.diabetes.org.

Story First Published: 2017-06-02