Hooping Up Women’s Health Can Be Fun

Angela Augsburger
Angela Augsburger
In Normal, Illinois, in the middle of the crowded ballroom of Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center, was Angela Augsburger and her hoop. The 59-year-old woman who hadn’t hula hooped in twenty years showed up for Women’s Health Night – an event featuring 75 organizations providing women with free demonstrations, presentations, health screenings and info – yet there she was, hooping so well that she had to make a conscious effort to stop. She’d received a lesson from Suzanne Richardson of Normal Hoops, who makes and sells custom hoops and teaches hoop dancing. “Oh, I’m so proud of myself,” a smiling Augsburger said in the middle of her second hooping set. Augsburger unknowingly illustrated what organizer Kathi Franklin noted was the theme of this year’s health night. Franklin, the Executive Director of Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation, told Pantagraph.com the theme was, “It can be fun to take care of your health.” And she was right. Women at the event were hooping to music, getting massages and collecting information and giveaways. She said the 2,000 women participating were using the event as a “mental health night out.”

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