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Duval County health officials are launching a campaign aimed at stemming childhood obesity.

The county has had mild success reducing the rate among young kids, but the number of overweight teens — especially in the urban core — continues to climb.


I'm a Star Foundation

A couple dozen Jacksonville kids will travel to Washington D.C. this weekend to present their plan for combating childhood obesity to the U.S. Surgeon General.

The students range from 11 to 18 years old and are part of the “I’m a Star Foundation.”

Executive Director of the foundation Betty Burney says the kids have two goals.

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The Duval County Health Department sees obesity as the biggest threat to having a vibrant and healthy community.

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89.9 WJCT is participating in the American Graduate project supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The goal of American Graduate is to reverse the national drop out crisis by identifying and then addressing the factors that cause students to leave school early.

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89.9 WJCT is participating in the American Graduate project supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The goal of American Graduate is to reverse the national drop out crisis by identifying and then addressing the factors that cause students to leave school early.

Betty Burney, Executive Director of I’m A Star Foundation.