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Champion Watkins Hornets Support First Lady's Health Initiative

First lady Michelle Obama announced her Let's Move initiative, aimed at combating childhood obesity, last week at the White House. First lady Michelle Obama introduced members of the Watkins Hornets, the 2009 Pee Wee Division 1 Pop Warner national football champions, during an event to promote fighting childhood obesity at the White House last week.

It was a full-court press with scary statistics. Thirty percent of American kids are overweight or obese. Doctors see a correlation between weight gain and the alarming rise of Type 2 diabetes in children, along with heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma. On Thursday, two days after the program's launch, a study in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that the heaviest youngsters were more than twice as likely as the thinnest to die before age 55.

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