A medical school graduate of the University of Virginia, Mark Holterman, MD, teaches surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Committed to the advancement of medicine and finding a cure for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, Dr. Mark Holterman belongs to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
In early September, the ADA announced a joint initiative with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to address the increasing rate of type 2 diabetes occurring in children and teenagers. The two organizations have developed an experience called Camp PowerUp, which utilizes an evidence-based curriculum to engage youth in physical activities and teach them how to make healthier food choices, in order to lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The program will target young people between the ages of eight and 16 in a range of settings, from day camps and after-school programs to churches and parks. With the experience that the two organizations bring to the table in terms of diabetes care and childhood medicine, they believe programs such as this can help stop the rise of type 2 diabetes in this vulnerable age group.