Experience of a recreational diabetic day by a non-governmental organisation, T1 Diams, in Mauritius
Background: T1 Diams, a non-profit organisation on the island of Mauritius, has been working on the implementation of therapeutic and educational activities for its members. It regularly organises a recreational diabetic day (‘Enjoy life’ or ‘T1 Diams en Balade’).
Aim: To give an overview of a typical diabetic recreational day.
Methods: The author participated in several of these activities organised by the organisation in 2014 and 2015.
Results: A total of 22 patients came to the event; 11 (≥ 12 years old) attended for the day. The morning session was dedicated to diabetic therapeutic education and was carried out by two diabetes nurses. During the afternoon session there were physical activities for those > 12 years old and low-intensity activities for the other group. The menu for lunch was devised by a nutritionist. Blood glucose levels were regularly monitored. The patients did their own insulin injections.
Conclusion: This recreational diabetic day gives an opportunity for parents to be reassured that their diabetic children can be autonomous. The day was carried out in a professional way so as to empower the patients. These activities should be organised regularly during the year.
Keywords: diabetic recreation day, diabetic therapeutic education, T1 Diams, Type 1 diabetes