After-School Program Mixes Health Facts, Fun

By Bob Ray
|  Saturday, Jun 26, 2010  |  Updated 12:00 AM CDT
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P. Kay Hand may use hula hoops and fun, but her health message is dead serious.

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.

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