Dr. Kelli Wells

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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.


It’s only three weeks until school starts up again in Duval County but some kids won’t make it past the front door.

Health officials are reminding parents that students need to be up-to-date on their vaccinations before they go back to school.

Dr. Kelli Wells, director of the Duval County Health Department, says many children get sent home each year because they don’t have the proper immunizations.

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