Helping kids with diabetes at summer sports school

By Costa Maragos Posted: June 28, 2015 8:00 a.m.

There’s still time to register for the Summer Sports School sessions at the U of R. Two week sessions begin June 29, July 13, July 27 and August 10.
There’s still time to register for the Summer Sports School sessions at the U of R. Two week sessions begin June 29, July 13, July 27 and August 10. (Photo courtesy of Alison Fisher)

The U of R’s Summer Sports School is reaching out to children aged 6 to 18 with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes and those who are at risk of getting the disease. It’s the first time such a program has been offered at the U of R.

“This is a great program,” says Brea Nyhus, program co-ordinator of the Sun Life Active 4 Life Program. “I grew up with a sister who had diabetes so I can appreciate the importance of providing more options for diabetics and their families.”

Nyhus has completed her third year in the U of R’s Education program as a math major and a minor in Physical Education.  

“As much as I love numbers and equations, I love to stay active,” she says. “I love working with kids and love keeping them active.”

Those attending the summer school will take part in the activities offered to all of the participants. The children with diabetes, aged 6 to 12, will have the option of attending educational sessions and partake in some baseline testing.

The program also meets the needs of those aged 13 to 18. The students will work with nutritionists, exercise physiologists and or dieticians. They will learn how to properly use a fitness centre and be exposed to workouts that include yoga, pilates and zumba as well as traditional sports.

“I feel this camp is a great way for anyone at risk for diabetes to find out what it is and what are some ways to prevent it through our education program that is provided as part of this camp,” says Alison Fisher, Program Assistant of Recreation Services in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

“With diabetes becoming more common and physical literacy and activity being one way to help control blood sugar levels, we felt we had a great opportunity to share our passion for physical activity while trying to provide a service for kids with diabetes as well as those who are at risk,” says Fisher.
 
The programs run weekly until August 21, with the first session June 29. There is still time to register and spots are open. Please visit here for program details and registration information.

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies offers a number of summer programs for your child. Please click our 2015 summer guide for program information and how you can register.

It’s still not too late to enroll in most of our programs.