The Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago (DATT) will be hosting its 16th Annual Residential Camp for Children Living with Diabetes today July 15–19, at Cascadia Hotel, Ariapita Road, St Ann’s.
Thirty participants ranging in ages from seven to 17 years have been chosen, representing different regions in the country. In a release, DATT stated diabetes is a chronic condition plaguing the population and numbers are increasing. “Type One diabetes is a poorly understood and largely stigmatised condition which mainly affects the adolescent population.”
The aims of the camp include: educating, motivating and empowering newly diagnosed children (by peer counsellors from past camps using their expertise); educating children, caregivers and parents on their condition and its management; and creating and reinforcing a peer network among children living with diabetes in a relaxed, fun environment.
There will also be monitoring and evaluation by a dedicated team of medical professionals; fostering and maintenance of a level of independence in managing diabetes; and empowerment to continue healthy practices learnt at the camp.
A range of activities are carded: management of insulin, HbA1c testing, nutrition, exercise, sessions on social and psychological needs; dental examination and ear, nose, and throat, and foot care. Fun activities include: field trip to Cotton Tree Foundation, talent show, karaoke, and sports.
DATT was founded on July 2, 1988 and incorporated by an Act of Parliament (Act No 15 of 1989) as a charitable, non-profit, voluntary, and community organisation. The main objective is to promote prevention, management, education and awareness of diabetes. For further information contact 672-0864/789-3039.