Diabetes: A Family Matter

School and Diabetes

Children and adolescents with diabetes and their families, health care professionals, and school personnel face unique challenges when dealing with diabetes. Children and adolescents spend much time at school or day care throughout large parts of their early lives. It is strongly believed that families that have children or adolescents with type 1 diabetes often need help with issues that arise at school or day care centers (Butler & Lawlor, 2004). Thus, teachers and other school personnel must be aware of the current care management plans for diabetes management so that children experience a safe learning environment. School and daycare personnel must be educated in the management and treatment of diabetes, including effects of physical activity, nutrition, and insulin.

Less is known about the management of children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes. However, these children are at great risk for adult vascular disease and striving for improved glycemic management is critical for improving long term outcomes.

Below you will find some useful links dealing with school and diabetes.

School and Diabetes Links

Let's Move
Let's MoveChildhood obesity or excess weight threatens the healthy future of one third of American children. We spend $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions, and that number is growing. Obesity rates tripled in the past 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents. We need to get moving. Join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let's Move has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.
Care of Children With Diabetes in the School and Day Care Setting (2003)
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood, with a prevalence of ∼1.7 affected individuals per 1,000 people aged <20 years (1–4). In the U.S., ∼13,000 new cases are diagnosed annually in children (4–7). There are about 125,000 individuals <19 years of age with diabetes in the U.S. (8). The majority of these young people attend school and/or some type of day care and need knowledgeable staff to provide a safe school environment (9–12). Both parents and the health care team should work together to provide school systems and day care providers with the information necessary to allow children with diabetes to participate fully and safely in the school experience.
Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel (2003)
This guide was produced by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a federally sponsored partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 partner organizations.
NDEP's Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed
This comprehensive guide was developed by key federal government agencies and diabetes and educational organizations to educate school personnel about diabetes management at school.
West Department of Education: Office of Healthy Schools
Childhood Obesity: Our Newest Global Epidemic?
Childhood obesity is recognized as an emerging threat to the health of America's children. Children who are obese have a much greater risk of not only developing chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension, but are also at risk of developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies. While it was once thought that America was alone in battling this crisis, researchers are now finding childhood obesity rates soaring in nations still plagued with hunger and poverty. Health and Human Services Professor Lisa Pawloski explores global trends of childhood obesity, highlighting her research conducted in Mali, Nicaragua, and Thailand.

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