More than two dozen teenagers are all ready to serve up some tasty and nutritious dishes at Camp Pride 2016.
The annual camp spearheaded by the Barbados Diabetes Association caters to children between the ages of four and 14 living with diabetes or those who are pre-diabetic.
According to camp nutritionist Nicole Griffith, the children will receive sound instruction on how to take charge of diabetes and live happy and full lives.
“Diabetes is not a disability,” Griffith told a press conference at the Beckles Road office of the Barbados Diabetes Association.
Insisting that children living with the chronic disease should lead normal lives, she said the camp would provide sound instruction on how to manage the condition.
“People don’t make food specifically for persons with diabetes, so it is about being able to cope in the regular world like the regular person that you are,” she said.
In addition to cooking meals, the children will learn about meal planning and participate in a competitive cook-off.
Griffith shared that campers will be exposed to more healthy food alternatives this time around.
“This year we are having a new input in our meals. We will have regular food items but in healthier ways.So we will have fish cakes but instead of using the usual white flour we may use sweet potato flour or whole wheat flour, or we may do roti but use a spinach wrap instead,” she said.
The camp, which opens on Monday, has received financial backing from the CIBC Offshore Banking Services Corporation, Darren Eastmond Memorial Trust, Capita Financial Service Inc. and the Canadian Women’s Club of Barbados.
At today’s launch, President of the Canadian Women’s Club of Barbados Beverly McCollin-More presented the association with a $2500 cheque.
“We support children, it is part of our mandate and we are happy to support children living with diabetes in the education process,” she told the gathering.
Kerry Clarke of Capita Financial Service Inc also presented the Barbados Diabetes Association with a cheque, valued at S$1230.
Camper Ciara Osbourne received the cheque.
“We thought about you and the challenges you face as a child with diabetes, it is the desire of Capita to always be there,” Clarke said.