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EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - Enrollment is now open for children age seven to 13, with type one diabetes, for the annual free ETMC Diabetes Boot Camp. 

"For a child with type 1 diabetes, every day is a battle to maintain good health, and in some cases, his or her life," said Vickie Robinson, director of diabetes university at ETMC. "The ETMC Diabetes Boot Camp focuses on teaching lessons for life that help kids win the battle." 

This year's camp will be held July 22-26 from 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m. at the ETMC Pavilion Conference Center. The camp will feature exercise classes, self-defense, sports and more led by the staff of the ETMC Olympic Center. Campers will swim in ETMC's large pool and be transported by air-conditioned buses to all activities. The week will also include a mini-ropes course, arts and crafts, a water obstacle course and a field trip to the Caldwell Zoo. 

"The camp gives the children a chance to meet other kids with type one diabetes while learning how to understand and control their diabetes and promote independence and self-discipline while having a fun and exciting week at camp," said Robinson. "For parents, we want them to know that we will have trained nurses there all week to help the kids manage their diabetes. Also we will carefully plan out the meals so they are appropriate for what the campers need." 

For more information, please call ETMC Diabetes University at 903-531-8640. The deadline to register is June 14. Space is limited. 

The Diabetes Boot Camp is made possible through gifts to the ETMC Foundation for this community health project. Special thanks go to FirstChoice Cooperative, the T.B. Butler Foundation and the many individuals who support the camp through ETMC's holiday giving campaign.

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