After-School Program Mixes Health Facts, Fun
Updated at 12:00 AM CDT on Saturday, Jun 26, 2010
Obesity is closely linked with type 2 diabetes. So as the epidemic of childhood obesity increases, so does the incidence of the disease.
The problem many teachers have is getting chilidren enjoy learning about ways to avoid those conditions. One Chicago aerobics instructor may have the answer.
P. Kay Hand uses hula hoops to motivate kids to become more active. And those same kids listen when she talks about diabetes, because Hand herself is fighting type 1 diabetes, the more dangerous form of the disease.
Hand teaches nutrition and exercise in nursery schools, at the YMCA, and often to teens in Chicago's After School Matters Program.
Published at 11:48 PM CDT on Jun 25, 2010