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Teaming up against obesity

Childhood obesity has become an increasingly hot topic in recent years, thanks — in part — to Michelle’s Obama’s timely “Let’s Move” campaign.

But sadly, the numbers are still moving in the wrong direction. One in three American children are overweight or obese — a number that has more than tripled since 1980, according to the surgeon general. Nearly half of those ages 12 to 21 aren’t vigorously active.

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