Chronic diseases such as diabetes, high-blood pressure, and cancer are the leading cause of deaths in this century. Medical researchers are spending a significant amount of time in laboratories and research centers as they juggle their minds to come up with a remedy to this problem. International organizations, governments, and learning institutions are also spending enormous resources in research in a bid to come up with a solution to this menace which afflicts a huge part of the population.
Earlier in September, American Diabetes Association (ADA) entered into a partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The joint initiative between the two organizations seeks to address the escalating cases of type II diabetes among children and teenagers. Recent studies reveal that there has been a drastic increase in type 1 and type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents across racial groups in the U.S.
One of the nationally representative studies reveals that the prevalence of type 1 diabetes increased by 21 percent between 2001 and 2009 among children up to age nineteen (Vitals). The study also showed that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes among children in the age bracket of 10 to 19 years rose by 30 percent during the period.
ADA and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have come up with a program called Camp PowerUp. The new initiative utilizes an evidence-based curriculum to engage children and teenagers in physical activities. The program also seeks to educate the young people on how to make healthier food choices for a healthier life. Eating healthy and nutritious foods helps to lower the risk of developing type II diabetes.
The Camp PowerUp program will target young individuals between the ages of 8 and 16. The program will engage youths in day camps, after-school programs, churches, and parks. The two organizations have immense experience in diabetes care and childhood medicine. They, therefore, believe that such programs will help to reduce the prevalence of type II diabetes in this vulnerable group.
About Dr. Mark Holterman
Dr. Mark Holterman is a graduate from the medical school of the University of Virginia. Mark Holterman, MD, is a professor at the University of Illinois where he teaches Surgery and Pediatrics. Dr. Mark Holterman has committed his career life to the advancement of medicine by conducting extensive research on chronic health conditions such as diabetes. Dr. Mark Holterman is a member of the American Diabetes Association.
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