We're thankful for our growth and excited about our upcoming plans! Find out how you can get involved in making life better for children and teens with type 1 diabetes.
November 2017
We're growing, and we're thankful for your help!

 

At Camp Kudzu, we are marking the start to a new fiscal year and National Diabetes Awareness Month. It's "full steam ahead" for us: we just completed a successful and well-attended Fall Family Camp with 37 families in attendance! Around 200 participants took part in this mini-overnight camp experience,hosted at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA.  Of course, none of this would be possible without the incredible efforts and leadership of our amazing volunteers and donors. 

Now, our focus shifts to our premier fundraising event: Camp Kudzu's 10th Annual Benefit Luncheon is scheduled for November 14th and will be chaired by Ann and Pat Brumbaugh. This marks a very special occasion as we pay tribute to Alex Allen, and I'm proud to share that this will again be a sold out event!
 
The past two months have been fast-moving, and collectively we have covered a lot of ground and experienced a lot of positive changes and accomplishments along the way. This past year, we reached a high mark by serving nearly 700 children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) while expanding our summer camp program -- achieving all of this during a time of transition of both board and staff leadership! I couldn't be more pleased with the incredible commitment and caliber of our volunteers, staff, and Board of Directors, including our incoming Board Chair, Jennifer Odom.
 
In the coming weeks, we will continue to share highlights and updates on our strategy in growing our programming, education, and outreach efforts.  Last year, more than 400 children were diagnosed with T1D in Georgia. As the number increases every year, the resources needed to help them must also grow.
 
Thank you in advance for your continued support and commitment to Kudzu!

-Rob
Three campers smile and pose for the camera at the Teen Retreat
Register for Teen Retreat 2018!

Camp Kudzu's Teen Retreat will be held February 2nd -4th , 2018 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia. Many teens experience diabetes burnout or become overwhelmed with more responsibility in managing their diabetes in addition to everything else they have going on. Kudzu's teen retreat focuses on just that-being a teen. Education sessions will focus on many of these "tough" topics when it comes to being a teen with type 1. The fun-filled weekend will also include high-level activities and added exciting programming. If your teen needs a pre-summer camp pick-me-up, look for Teen Retreat registration to open on November 15th , 2017!

Children laugh and smile while gathered at Fall Family Camp
Fall Family Camp a Success!

37 families attended Fall Family Camp, held October 27-29 at Camp Twin Lakes. Many in attendance called this the "BEST Family Camp Weekend ever," largely thanks to the dedicated efforts of Volunteer Staff in attendance. The following pictures capture just a sampling of the fun had by all!

Camp Kudzu Executive Director Rob Shaw smiles with two campers at the 2017 Fall Family Camp
A child smiles and gives a thumbs up at Fall Family Camp.
Campers and volunteers pose for a picture at Fall Family Camp.
Families pose for a group photo at Fall Family Camp.

Kudzu Covers Georgia!

As part of a new outreach emphasis, you'll be seeing Camp Kudzu all over the state of Georgia! On September 30, Camp Kudzu joined JDRF for their annual One Walk in Columbus, meeting several new families who now plan to enroll in summer programs. 
 
For those who have participated in Camp Kudzu programs, it's easy to see how life-changing camp can be. We're looking forward to participating in year-round events and improving lives across the state. If you know any families or events that can benefit from Camp Kudzu's presence, email Whitney Gillis LeHew at  wlehew@campkudzu.org.

A Camp Kudzu volunteer helps campers check their bg levels.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month!

Camp Kudzu participates in recognizing November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, and encourages you to do the same. While all forms of diabetes share focus this month, there are several ways you can help spread awareness of type 1 diabetes and Camp Kudzu's efforts to make life better for children and teens with T1D:
  • Post your favorite memory with Camp Kudzu with the hashtag #DiabetesAwarenessMonth or #NDAM.
  • Post a status describing how it feels when you're low in one or two sentences.
  • Commit to volunteer at a Camp Kudzu event, such as summer programs or the Teen Retreat.
  • Donate to Camp Kudzu's Give Atlanta Challenge page to support our goal of adding 100 new campers this year!
  • Give shout outs and thanks to your endos for the services they provide.
  • Donate to the 2017 Camp Kudzu Benefit Luncheon to support scholarships and programs.
Whole Grain Biscuit Stuffing Recipe

Amid the (generally speaking) copious amounts of unhealthy holiday food, there's nothing wrong with tweaking a few favorite holiday recipes to make them slightly healthier. With a few ingredient substitutions, holiday staples like casseroles and stuffing can pack a nutritional punch-in a good way.

One holiday-recipe-turned-healthy that's a regular in the Albritton household is whole grain stuffing. Even the pickiest of eaters have yet to detect my secret swap to pack nutrients and fiber into an otherwise not-so-nutrient-dense meal. While the recipe isn't as healthy as we typically consume during the other 364 days of the year, simple substitutions can go a long way. After all, everything in moderation, right?

For individuals with and without diabetes, whole grains bring a multitude of health benefits. Whole grains have endured less processing than refined grains. Refined grains only include the starchy parts of the grain, while whole grains include just that-the entire grain untouched. The outer coverings that are included in whole grains add lots of vitamin B and fiber in addition to protein and minerals. In relation to diabetes, whole grains are considered complex carbohydrates and produce a steady increase in blood sugar, accompanied with a steady decline. Refined grains, on the other hand, elicit a sharp rise and fall-or "crash"-in blood sugar shortly after consumption. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, try replacing your traditional stuffing recipe with this whole grain biscuit stuffing recipe. 

Whole Grain Biscuit Stuffing
Ingredients
For stuffing:
  • 12 whole grain biscuits (thawed from frozen or use recipe below)
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 8 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 6 sage leaves, chopped
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed from stems
  • 2 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For biscuits, if making from scratch:
  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 cup reduced-fat buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Knead in cubes of butter until they are in small chunks. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in milk. Stir until dough is formed.
  2. Divide dough into 12 pieces and place on baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  4. Lightly coat a 9x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Heat oil in large skillet. Add celery and shallots, sauté for approximately 3-5 minutes or until shallots become translucent. Add thyme and sage and cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat and add to bowl with biscuit cubes.
  6. Combine vegetable stock and eggs and add to biscuit mixture. Pour in half and half. Add salt and pepper as desired.
  7. Fold mixture, careful not to overmix and crumble biscuits.
  8. Transfer mixture to baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake for additional 15 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let set for 15 minutes prior to cutting.
Nutrition Information
Makes 16 servings. Serving size-1/2 cup; Calories-192; Protein-5g; Carbohydrates-19g; Total fat 12g; Unsaturated fat-7g; Fiber-2g
Contributed by Anna Albritton, MS, RD, LD

Camp Kudzu Ambassadors logo.
Meet the Camp Kudzu Ambassadors!

Six Camp Kudzu Alumni are being recognized a as the inaugural class of Camp Kudzu Ambassadors. These six have been involved with our programs for years and continue to represent us to the public and the T1D community. They will be recognized at this year's Benefit Luncheon.

Meet the Ambassadors!
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Participate in the Give Atlanta Challenge!

The Give Atlanta Challenge is still going on, and Camp Kudzu is currently in 3rd Place! You have until Tuesday, November 14th to donate to this cause and help Camp Kudzu achieve its goal of funding 100 new campers!
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Upcoming Events!
November 14, 2017 - 10th Annual Benefit Luncheon

The 2017 Camp Kudzu Annual Benefit Luncheon, honoring Alex Allen and the inaugural class of Camp Kudzu Ambassadors, is being held Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Tickets are sold out, but you can support Camp Kudzu's endeavors by bidding on silent auction items and giving donations to fund campers.

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May 21, 2018 - 14th Annual Kudzu Cup FORE Kids

The 14th Annual Kudzu Cup FORE Kids is being held at Country Club of the South (Johns Creek). For more information and details on early bird registration, call Camp Kudzu at (404) 250-1811.
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