Interns teach campers diabetes management

Photo provided by MELANIE ZAFUTTO -- North Oaks Dietetic Interns, first row from left, are Emily Nickens, Kelly Beard and Amanda Hotchkiss; and second row, Sara Perrilloux, Ashley Braud and Bryan Delchamps.
Photo provided by MELANIE ZAFUTTO -- North Oaks Dietetic Interns, first row from left, are Emily Nickens, Kelly Beard and Amanda Hotchkiss; and second row, Sara Perrilloux, Ashley Braud and Bryan Delchamps.

Campers learned to manage their diabetes last month at Camp Victory in Leesville.

Members of the North Oaks Dietetic Internship Class of 2013-2014 taught the youth how to make good food choices. Held annually, the camp is co-sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and Louisiana Lions Club.

Dietetic interns, who served as camp counselors for the 11-to-14-year-old group, were Ashley Braud and Amanda Hotchkiss, both of Baton Rouge; Bryan Delchamps, of Mandeville; Kelly Beard, of Houston; Emily Nickens, of Ponchatoula; and Sara Perrilloux, of Hammond.

Under the supervision of a registered dietitian, the dietetic interns provided the campers with fun, educational activities. They also checked the campers’ blood sugar levels and supervised mealtimes.

“Camp Victory is a perfect opportunity to provide education to the young campers and the interns,” said Virginia Pelegrin, director of North Oaks Dietetic Internship Program. “The children need to learn how to manage their illness, so it’s a great opportunity for the interns to practice conducting diabetic education training. Everybody learns.”

Completing a dietetic internship is a step toward attaining the credential of registered dietitian after graduation from college. North Oaks Medical Center’s Dietetic Internship is sponsored by the health system’s Education Department and granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Participation in the one-year internship qualifies students to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

To learn more, call (985) 230-6548. To learn about Camp Victory, call (888) 342-2383 ext. 6074 or visit the “Diabetes Camps” link at www.diabetes.org.