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In hopes of slimming down a growing trend of childhood obesity, state and local health officials are trying to direct students away from junk food and inactivity and toward exercise and healthy eating choices.
Traci Earley, district health coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools, said poor eating habits and lack of exercise among local students has led to an increased number of students with Type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure - health risks typically found only in middle-aged adults.
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