Treating Obesity: 10 Youths Tell Their Stories

Working with Duke students, local youths will display photos, writing at public event Monday

Duke students helped local youths fighting obesity to tell their stories through photos, writings and other media.

One in three children in North Carolina are overweight and suffer health problems, poor quality of life, and social isolation. This semester, through Duke University's service-learning course "Documentary Engagement," 10 undergraduate and graduate students learned first-hand about this public health issue and its treatment through working with 10 youths enrolled in Duke’s Healthy Lifestyles program to tell their story.

The Duke Healthy Lifestyles Program, which has served more than 5,000 families since its inception in 2006, offers health care providers, family-centered treatment programs, highly trained educators and researchers, and strong community partnerships. Treatment is based on empowering kids and families with the skills and knowledge needed to live a life of healthy eating and active lifestyles.

Nine short, first-person multimedia profiles will be shared in a public event from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Edison Johnson Recreational Center (600 West Murray Ave., Durham). The work will also be available online starting Dec. 3 at

Below: A photo taken by one of the children in the Healthy Lifestyles Program.

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