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Campers sought for 12th annual Camp CANDY

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[MAY 27, 2005]  Camping Activities and Nutrition for Diabetic Youth, known as Camp CANDY, is being offered for the 12th year by ALMH. This day camp for kids ages 5 to 14 is a great opportunity for kids with diabetes -- and friends and relatives with diabetes -- to learn about managing blood sugar while enjoying fun summer activities.

With a theme of "Safety in Numbers," the camp this year runs July 13, 14 and 15 at the Lincoln Park District, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Participants will enjoy crafts and swimming or another physical activity, along with sugar-management education. Parents and other family members may sign up to join campers for lunch and afternoon swimming on Friday.

Camp CANDY serves children who may be too young to attend an overnight camp; kids who want to have fun at camp without having to explain their diabetes management to staff and other campers; and siblings, relatives or friends who want to learn more about diabetes.

Camp staff includes registered nurses, a registered dietitian and trained volunteers. Campers will check blood sugar at least twice daily, and camp staff carry supplies for immediate treatment of low blood sugar. Food is provided and included in the camp fee of $50 for the three days of fun.

Registration is due by May 31. Please call ALMH medical nutrition therapist Jennifer DiPasquale, R.D., L.D, at 732-2161, ext. 199, or e-mail her at with any questions or requests for applications.

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The day camp is supported by Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, Lincoln Junior Woman's Club, Zonta Club of Lincoln, Lincoln Park District, Becton-Dickinson, Lifescan, Medisense Companies and individual donations.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is a community-based general hospital. ALMH strives to be the "Best Rural Hospital in America" by providing state-of-the-art facilities for the vast majority of health care needs. ALMH is a 10-year affiliate of the Memorial Health System of Springfield, whose vision is to be the leading health care system that people choose over all others. For more information on the services provided, please visit or call (217) 732-2161.

[Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital news release provided by Krystal Peasley, marketing communications and special events coordinator]

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