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Daniela Velazquez wades through reams of data on childhood obesity in her community and lives to... more »
posted 04/24/11
I'm honored to be a part of this year's fellows. I learned a lot during our week in Los Angeles... more »
posted 07/31/10

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Posted by DanielaV | Wednesday, 2011-04-27, 07:27
Hi there -- I correlated the data with the location of fast-food restaurants and grocery stores....

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At 364 pounds, Dawn Walton found her breaking point, literally, when she sat down for a meet and greet at her son's kindergarten class. "I felt the chair start to break beneath me," Walton, 35, said. "I knew it would kill him if I broke that chair." She made a bargain with God that day: If the seat didn't break, she'd change her lifestyle for good.

It's 6 p.m. You're tired and hungry. Food is the No. 1 thing on your mind.Your favorite fast-food restaurants line the roads home – McDonald's, Taco Bell, Domino's. So what's for dinner?

When 11-year-old Shania Lape sees an overweight classmate struggle to keep up, she's filled with sympathy. "They can't run as fast, they can't play the games at school because they're not healthy," said Shania, a fifth-grader at Kenly Elementary in Tampa. Worse yet, not being able to play with their classmates could lead to a lifetime on the sidelines for some kids.