$100,000 in grants boosts Orlando groups' efforts to curb obesity in kids

December 5, 2011
by Marni Jameson
Orlando Sentinel

Two years ago, Jefferson Delgado was a seventh grader who spent most of his free time indoors playing videogames, eating Cheetos and drinking Coke by the liter. At 198 pounds, he struggled with childhood obesity.

"I didn't like anything about myself then," said Delgado, now a freshman at Freedom High in Orlando. "I didn't look good. I was lazy."

At the urging of his mother and doctor, he went to the Healthy Choices Clinic at Nemours, where he got a schedule of "what to do and what to eat," he said. He traded his soda habit for water, chips for fruit and videogames for outdoor activity.



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