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The family loves to dance and chase each other around, but to increase exercise, Christian’s parents bought him a bike to ride in the neighborhood.
“Es grande,” Christian shouted proudly about his bike.
Boman said there are many anecdotal examples such as the Diaz family to indicate that Vida Sana is working. Diaz, she said, “is learning in Spanish, from people she trusts.”
Attendance in the program has remained strong after one year and parents are asking for additional Zumba sessions.
Boman will be gathering data on the program’s effectiveness and presenting it this fall at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The program is funded for only three years, but she hopes to work with the other partners — HealthPartners and the Pillsbury United Communities Waite House — to keep it going.
Diaz said she feels healthier and her son has lost significant weight, which has led to other changes. “He doesn’t get winded as much,” she said. “He was starting to get asthmatic because of his weight.”
And, she added, he no longer snores at night, “like an old man.”
Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744