Illinoisans are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes. Today, over 1,300,000 people in Illinois have diabetes, or 12.8% of the population. The American Diabetes Association can provide resources for you and your family about all types of diabetes as well as information for caregivers and others affected indirectly by the disease.
The American Diabetes Association's Illinois office is committed to educating our communities about how to Stop Diabetes and supporting those living with the disease.
We are here to help!
Learning to live with type 1 diabetes does not happen overnight - our message to parents and children is that you don't have to do it alone. The American Diabetes Association's Youth Programs connects families to other families of children with diabetes. Seven integral parts of these programs are Camp Can-Do (4-9 years), Camp Confidence (4-9 years), Camp Crossroads (4-9 years), Camp Discovery (4-9 years), Camp Granada (8-16 years), Camp Teen Adventure (14-18 years) and Camp Triangle D (9-13 years), which are summer youth camps where campers participate in traditional camp activities and gain independence, grow in confidence and discover new skills, all while receiving medical care.
Camp Project Power
Project Power is specifically designed for boys and girls with multiple risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes, but not formally diagnosed. It is a place where children learn valuable skills they need to live a full and healthy life. Campers learn by doing—reading food labels, portioning food appropriately and understanding the importance of regular exercise. “Teachable moments” and wellness education are part of the daily schedule so campers can focus on staying healthy while swimming, learning, playing sports and more. Campers will have the opportunity to experience the magic of summer camp close to home, while learning how to make healthy lifestyle choices that last a lifetime!
Become a Diabetes Advocate!
Life isn't fair for people with diabetes. First, there is the simple fact of coping with a chronic illness. Second, there are the barriers that prevent people with diabetes from enjoying the same opportunities at the rest of the population. Our Advocacy efforts work to bring down the barriers and fund critical diabetes research. Take action and become a Diabetes Advocate today!
Volunteer With Us
Your involvement as an American Diabetes Association volunteer—whether on a local or national level—will help improve lives of everyone impacted by diabetes, maybe even someone close to you. There are many ways for you to get involved—a little time can have a big impact.