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22 November 2017

News from Europe

Turkey: a long tradition of promoting sports and healthy lifestyles to change diabetes

TurkeyThe last week of June, the Turkish Diabetes Association held its 49th Diabetes Summer Training Camp. Organized since 1965 as soon as the schools close across the country, the camps welcome on average 40 participants, and is open to people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes of all ages, and children with diabetes can register for free.

The Summer training camp includes a wide range of atcivities, including sports, group workshops on different topics linked to diabetes management –from how to properly use an insulin pump to foot care-, and healthy nutrition classes. The camp is the perfect place for participants to learn how to cope with their diabetes while having fun and meeting other people who face the same challenges. This allows them to exchange knowlegde and tips on how to manage diabetes.

The main objectives of the Summer training camps are to teach self-care and how to adapt it to each and everyone’s needs, but also to build more self-confidence so that people with diabetes can become truly empowered in managing their condition. This is done through complete supervision of each camp participants by healthcare professionnals, diabetes nurses, dietitians and sports instructors.

For more information about the camp set-up, programmes and activities, contact Leyli Doganoz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.