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Arizona’s Diabetes Prevention App for Kids Available in English and Spanish

The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and University Information Technology produced a app to teach children how to prevent type 2 diabetes. The free app, “Don’t Monkey Around with Diabetes” is available in both Spanish and English in the iTunes store.

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[Photo: Don’t Monkey Around with Diabetes is available for free in both Spanish and English in the iTunes store]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that type 2 diabetes has increased in the last 20 years among children and adolescents in the U.S. The highest incidence of type 2 diabetes in youth between the ages of 10-19 is among American Indians, African Americans, and Hispanics.

To address this problem, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health and University Information Technology, produced the app to teach children how to prevent type 2 diabetes. Through interactive games and a storybook, the app teaches kids ages five to 10 about making healthy choices and living a healthy lifestyle.

The storybook characters include Lady Low and Sweet, the Evil Diana Betes and the hero of the day, Sir Insulin Monk, who saves the Town of Glucose from the unhealthy choices and unhealthy lifestyle promoted by the Evil Diana Betes.

Don’t Monkey Around with Diabetes is free and downloadable from the iTunes App store.

Read more: https://publichealth.arizona.edu/news/2014/new-app-teaches-children-about-diabetes-prevention