Slam Dunk for Diabetes Camp opens Monday

2014-06-19T00:00:00Z Slam Dunk for Diabetes Camp opens MondayTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 19, 2014 12:00 am  • 

SCHERERVILLE | The Moses E. Cheeks Slam Dunk for Diabetes Basketball Camp, featuring coaches from the Chicago Bulls Training Academy, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness Schererville, 221 U.S. 41.

The free program is offered for children and young adults 5 to 18 who have diabetes. Diabetes educators from Omni and from Franciscan St. Anthony Health Michigan City, Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hammond, Franciscan Medical Specialists and other area hospitals, will be on hand.

The camps, which began in 2005, teach fundamentals of living with diabetes and offer a place where participants gain confidence in a safe, structured and supportive atmosphere, according to the camp website.

The program is designed to teach participants the relationship between food, exercise and insulin, as well as basketball skills. It also is designed to teach campers how sports, illnesses and stress affect blood sugar levels, how to make corrections to insulin intake and to demonstrate that diabetes need not prevent one from living a full, active and productive life.

Campers will receive a Bulls team bag, T-shirt, player evaluation form and graduation certificate.

Camp participant numbers are limited. To register, contact Monica Joyce, camp director, at (773) 636-3353 or jiemjoyce@msn.com.

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