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First-of-its-kind Program For Children
Newly Diagnosed With Diabetes Is Launched

Barton Center's National "Learn, Laugh, LiveTM" Weekends to Provide
Full Set of Tools for Living Well with Diabetes

NORTH OXFORD, Mass., February 7, 2005 – The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, one of the country's premier diabetes organizations, announces the creation of a comprehensive program to help newly diagnosed children with diabetes and their families conquer the relentless demands of the disease.

"Learn, Laugh, LiveTM" is a multi-disciplinary program that offers medical, nutritional, physiological and emotional instruction and support to families with a child recently diagnosed with diabetes. The residential program, which will be offered several times a year over extended weekends, is the first program to provide a complete weekend curriculum on diabetes in the comfort of a non-clinical retreat setting with continued support through interactive on-line tools for one year following the program. While parents learn through a combination of informal lectures and interactive exercises, children engage in fun and games designed to complement the parent's curriculum through experiential learning. The first program is scheduled for April 8-10, 2005 and will be repeated in Fall 2005.

A full range of services will be offered during the weekends at Barton's 200-acre retreat and conference center in North Oxford, including: full Diabetes Curriculum for parents to learn the ABC's of diabetes; baseline measurements of critical health factors; fun and creative programming for children reinforcing the curriculum being taught to parents; individual family consultations with medical and wellness experts, and participation in on-line discussion boards for post-program networking and support.

The programs will bring together children from across the country, introducing them to peers struggling with the same learning process and to role models who have successfully overcome the difficulties of the disease.

While the program is intended to serve primarily children and teenagers and their families, there is no specific age limit on attendance. Ultimately, anyone who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes is welcome. In fact, many people who have had diabetes for a longer period of time will find the program helpful as a refresher.

"This is a truly innovative program," said John Maconga, President of The Barton Center. "When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, they are typically introduced to the 'ins and outs' of the disease by their primary physician or nurse in a sterile, clinical setting, which can be very intimidating. Even with several visits to a clinic's staff, the setting is not conducive to the sharing of personal experiences and focused learning.

"'Learn, Laugh, Live' takes a completely different approach. It is a 'soup to nuts' program that incorporates every aspect of the disease and how someone with diabetes can better manage their entire life. It's delivered in a friendly, family atmosphere where children and parents alike can find support from and make friends with others in the same situation. What's more, thanks to the support of a The Edith Glick Shoolman Children's Foundation, financial assistance is available for families who would otherwise not be able to attend."

The Barton Center for Diabetes Education is the largest, independent camping and educational program in the country dedicated to children who live with diabetes and their families. Some 1,500 children and their family members participate in our programs annually, including the Clara Barton Camp summer resident camp, Adventure Programs, Family Programs, and Day Camps in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Barton Center's facility includes access to over 200 acres of trails and updated recreation fields, a new 9,000 square foot Health & Education Center, heated pool, high and low challenge courses and modern log cabins. The Clara Barton Birthplace Museum is co-located on the grounds of The Barton Center. More information is available at


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