Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nutrition Programs for Parents and Children Living with Type I Diabetes

Turning Point has always strived to meet community needs while not duplicating the services of other organizations. Recently a group of mothers in a coffee klatch reached out to Turning Point to gain additional resources, support and knowledge. These mothers all have something in common. They all have a child with Type I Diabetes. Turning Point was invited to attend the coffee klatch and from then on there has been a flurry of ideas that have transformed into programming for children and families affected by Type I Diabetes.
Diabetes is not the only common denominator between these families. These parents possess knowledge, the innate ability to advocate for their children and a desire to learn more about managing their disease - Turning Point is happy to help foster these traits.
Turning Point now offers monthly nutrition based programs facilitated by Nan Borchardt, RD, LD, CDE, and Medical Biochemist. In addition to all the letters behind her name Nan also wears the hat of someone living with Type I diabetes for the past 44 years. As a result, the parents attending these programs are able to explore ideas through the personal and professional experience of the facilitator. Comments from participants include: "Great, real world info"; "I am new to Type I nutritional needs that are this intense - this is a must have class for all parents!"; "I learned more in these two hours than I have in the past 5 years! Nan = AWESOME!!!"
We are also excited to be offering "Kids Cooking up Fun", for the children with Type I Diabetes. This is a summer series in which children will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on cooking. The program is facilitated by Leslie Stullken, a healthy eating food coach and owner of My Healthy Table. Kids will create fresh, seasonal recipes that meet their nutritional needs but, most importantly, kids will be in a supportive environment surrounded by their peers.
If you are a parent of a child with Type I Diabetes, consider registering for some of these upcoming programs. See the programs listed in our Community Calendar (on our website) and give us a call to register.

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