CA1 – USA
In order to address the nationwide health epidemic and rising number of diabetes cases in Utah, the Lions of Utah set out to establish their own diabetes program.
Through a generous LCIF grant of $106K, the Lions of Multiple District 28 were able to successfully partner with Weber State University in order to establish a year round, community based environment that inspires and supports healthy lifestyles among youth with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their families.
Their program was patterned off the Lions of Virginia and their highly successful Recreate, Educate, Advocate, and Climb Higher (REACH) curriculum. The REACH initiative promotes competence, family citizenship, independence, and helps youth with T1D to overcome adversity with their diabetes management and improve their overall resiliency.
Through each of the three REACH programs (Monthly One Day Camps, Family Diabetes Camps, and Tween/Teen Camps), children are able to participate in fun, social, and exciting recreational activities while also learning about nutrition in order to help them grow to be more independent and educated in their diabetes self-management.
To date, the Utah REACH camps have been a resounding success and participation is growing at an astounding rate. The goal is to ultimately expand the program throughout the entire state.
Three roars for the Lions of Utah and LCIF!
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