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Fight against diabetes in children expands

November 14, 2007
by Jean Fisher
News & Observer

North Carolina will start a new offensive against diabetes in children, announcing today that five other counties will begin replicating a Wake County program that helps reverse early signs of the disease. The Energize! program, which WakeMed established in 2005, has taught 400 children who were likely to develop Type 2 diabetes how to make more healthful diet and exercise choices. A survey of participants a year after they completed the program indicates up to 70 percent of them had neutralized dangerous health conditions such as high blood sugar, elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure. Children in the Southeast, which has higher rates of obesity and inactivity among children, are particularly prone to Type 2 diabetes, according to Trust for America's Health, a national health advocacy group.

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