Diabetes Program Outreach
Healthy Living with Diabetes Family Fair
Attendees of the recent Summer Celebration: Healthy Living with Diabetes enjoyed a fun, free, educational event for children and teens with diabetes and their families. Medical staff offered guidance and support to more than 100 kids living with diabetes, as well as a forum to voice their feelings.
Anita Swamy, MD, medical director of the Chicago Children’s Diabetes Center at La Rabida, gave a talk on the importance of monitoring blood sugar levels. La Rabida dietitians also offered tips and advice on making healthy seasoning choices entitled “Halt the Salt!”
Former NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins spoke about his journey with diabetes, then chatted with individual kids, posed for pictures and signed autographs.
Activities included face painting for kids and interactive yoga. The day concluded with a sibling panel, where brothers and sisters of patients with diabetes spoke about how their lives have been affected by their sibling’s condition.
Be sure to join us next year for this fun and informative event for the entire family!
La Rabida's Circle of Friends supports Kids with Diabetes
La Rabida Children’s Hospital’s Chicago Children’s Diabetes Center (CCDC) is offering a support group for its diabetes patients. Circle of Friends provides patients a rare opportunity to gather in a small group, talk and learn about nutrition with fun activities and games.
In the last session, patients practiced carbohydrate counting, played a hot potato game and engaged in a cooking class where they created a ham and cheese scramble using a recipe from a Disney cook book (only 4 grams of carbohydrates per serving).
“I think it’s important for these kids to get to know other kids with Type 1 diabetes. It helps them to feel supported,’’ said Ashley Servi, a student intern working with CCDC through April.
Sarah Schwarz, a medical student and volunteer and Cathy Geraci, advanced nurse practitioner, helped coordinate the session.
The final Circle of Friends Diabetes Support group is set for Sunday, April 14, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Please email Camillia Steward or call at 773.256.5771
Ashley Servi, on left, with diabetes patients and volunteer Sarah Schwarz on right.
Living His Dream in the Fast Lane
INDYCAR Driver Charlie Kimball recently inspired La Rabida patients and their families with his personal story of managing Type 1 diabetes while competing in a fast-spaced sport.
He told the group of about 35 he celebrated his fifth “diabetesversary,’’ in October and was grateful for five years of good health since his diagnosis in 2007. He does multiple daily blood sugar checks – sometimes five a day and keeps tabs on levels with a glucose monitor inserted under his skin. The monitor delivers readings right to the dashboard of his race car.
Kimball visited with patients as part of National Diabetes Awareness month and told them the disease doesn’t have to hold them back. “I think I’m a better driver,’’ he said. “I’m more aware of my health and my body. I do a good job of preparing my body to race the same way my pit crew prepares my car.’’
Kimball is the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of INDYCAR, whose race series includes the popular Indy 500.
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