24909 Newhall Ave
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
This first-time event in the Santa Clarita Valley is designed to strengthen and educate children and their families on the importance of healthy living and available at no-cost to families.
The American Diabetes Association offers its summer diabetes prevention camp for the first time in Santa Clarita to youth ages 7 – 15 years of age who are at risk for diabetes or that have a family history of Type 2 diabetes. The camp runs Saturday and Sunday, July 15 –16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita, 24909 Newhall Avenue in Newhall. Camp PowerUp Santa Clarita is supported by the Boston Scientific Foundation and free to all families, but advance registration is required.
“Campers will meet other kids, participate in outdoor activities, and learn skills to strengthen their lives,” said Alissa Singer, MPH, Pacific Region Director, Community Health Strategies, with the Association. “Parents will have an opportunity to also engage in education and conversation with other parents to learn about lifestyle changes for the whole family.”
Camp offers an educational and activity-filled environment focused on creating healthy behaviors around nutrition and physical activity. Campers learn new healthy behaviors with a proven camp curriculum to help them live a healthier life. The Association makes every attempt to accommodate medical and/or emotional needs of campers.
To ensure that the educational messages learned at camp can be reinforced and supported at home, parents and other family members are asked to attend camp on Sunday. In addition to the weekend long camp experience, all children and their families are invited to attend three Reunion Events hosted at the Boys & Girls Club in Newhall. These events will include additional educational and fun physical activity experiences for both parents and children, as well as the opportunity to connect with other families and friends made at camp.
Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 30 million Americans including 1 in 10 people living in and around the Santa Clarita Valley. There are an estimated 86 million who have pre-diabetes, a condition where blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
The primary risk factors for Type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk for developing the disease. Early intervention via lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and increased physical activity, can help delay or prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes. With the right steps, pre-diabetes can be reversed.
To register, visit the Camp Power Up website at www.diabetes.org/camppowerupsantaclarita or call (323) 966-2890.