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Battling child obesity

<p>Hiro Mejia (L), a patient in the metabolic syndrome clinic, is helped up by Michael Witten, director of the Wellness Center at the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010. The Children's Hospital hosts a 10-week Shapedown Program, which has a non-diet approach to weight management, aims to teach families how to make healthier food choices as part of a drive against rising obesity rates in the United States, a cause taken up by First Lady Michelle Obama.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Hiro Mejia (L), a patient in the metabolic syndrome clinic, is helped up by Michael Witten, director of the Wellness Center at the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5,...more

Hiro Mejia (L), a patient in the metabolic syndrome clinic, is helped up by Michael Witten, director of the Wellness Center at the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010. The Children's Hospital hosts a 10-week Shapedown Program, which has a non-diet approach to weight management, aims to teach families how to make healthier food choices as part of a drive against rising obesity rates in the United States, a cause taken up by First Lady Michelle Obama. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Children and teens take off from the starting line for the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010.    REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Children and teens take off from the starting line for the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Children and teens take off from the starting line for the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, rests as another participant keeps walking in the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010.    REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, rests as another participant keeps walking in the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, rests as another participant keeps walking in the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, runs with her mother Areli Villanueva in the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010.    REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, runs with her mother Areli Villanueva in the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, runs with her mother Areli Villanueva in the annual run/walk for patients and their friends and families at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, does jumping jacks at a group exercise session in the 10-week Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado May 29, 2010.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, does jumping jacks at a group exercise session in the 10-week Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado May 29, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, does jumping jacks at a group exercise session in the 10-week Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado May 29, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, stretches at a group exercise session in the 10-week Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado May 29, 2010.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, stretches at a group exercise session in the 10-week Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado May 29, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, stretches at a group exercise session in the 10-week Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado May 29, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva (R), 8, rests with her mother Areli Villanueva after exercising in the Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado July 8, 2010.    REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva (R), 8, rests with her mother Areli Villanueva after exercising in the Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva (R), 8, rests with her mother Areli Villanueva after exercising in the Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Micah Peterson (L), 15, has his height measured by Marilyn Day (C), director of the 10-week Shapedown Program as Micah's mother Sandy watches at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado July 8, 2010.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Micah Peterson (L), 15, has his height measured by Marilyn Day (C), director of the 10-week Shapedown Program as Micah's mother Sandy watches at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Micah Peterson (L), 15, has his height measured by Marilyn Day (C), director of the 10-week Shapedown Program as Micah's mother Sandy watches at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Zachary Frantzen talks with his family during dinner time at his home in Longmont, Colorado July 19, 2010. Zachary, 10, is in the Shapedown Program which is part of the child and teen weight management program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking </p>

Zachary Frantzen talks with his family during dinner time at his home in Longmont, Colorado July 19, 2010. Zachary, 10, is in the Shapedown Program which is part of the child and teen weight management program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora. ...more

Zachary Frantzen talks with his family during dinner time at his home in Longmont, Colorado July 19, 2010. Zachary, 10, is in the Shapedown Program which is part of the child and teen weight management program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Zachary Frantzen (C) helps his brothers Trent (L) and Joshua (R) prepare dinner in Longmont, Colorado July 19, 2010.    REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Zachary Frantzen (C) helps his brothers Trent (L) and Joshua (R) prepare dinner in Longmont, Colorado July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Zachary Frantzen (C) helps his brothers Trent (L) and Joshua (R) prepare dinner in Longmont, Colorado July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, listens during a counselling session with Marilyn Day (R) Shapedown Program director at the Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado July 8, 2010.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, listens during a counselling session with Marilyn Day (R) Shapedown Program director at the Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, listens during a counselling session with Marilyn Day (R) Shapedown Program director at the Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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<p>Zachary Frantzen (L) and Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva serve themselves healthy snacks after a graduation ceremony from the 10-week Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado May 29, 2010.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>

Zachary Frantzen (L) and Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva serve themselves healthy snacks after a graduation ceremony from the 10-week Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado May 29, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Zachary Frantzen (L) and Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva serve themselves healthy snacks after a graduation ceremony from the 10-week Shapedown Program at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado May 29, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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