Students lead charge against childhood obesity

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Teenagers from Jacksonville, Florida are leading a nationwide charge to end childhood obesity; all with help from the United States Surgeon General. (WLS)

Teenagers from Jacksonville, Florida are leading a nationwide charge to end childhood obesity; all with help from the United States Surgeon General. The Fit Over Fat USA campaign is a social-media challenge to get kids talking about health issues. Through the I'm A Star Foundation, the teenagers are encouraging kids in Chicago to participate by posting pictures and videos of themselves eating healthy or being active; using the hashtag #FitOverFatUSA.

In 2014, students from the I'm A Star Foundation organized a childhood obesity summit in Jacksonville, Florida, attracting 1500+ teens. Then in December 2015, 'I'm A Star' teens visited Washington, D.C. and met with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to pitch their call-to-action. Dr. Murthy joined the students in Jacksonville for a Breakfast With Champions, a Student Townhall Meeting where he answered questions from students and led a 1- mile walk to end Childhood Obesity. I'm A Star Student Leaders Larissa Houston and Tracy Davis, Jr. joined ABC7 to talk about their movement.

The Fit Over Fat USA campaign can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @FitOverFatUSA
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