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Journalist Kate Long explores West Virginia's epidemics of chronic disease and obesity and the efforts to reverse them.

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Journalist Kate Long explores a community's effort to create diabetes education programs in her series on West Virginia's epidemics of chronic disease and obesity and the efforts to reverse them. The series is called "The Shape We're In."

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Journalist Kate Long offers diabetes resources in her examination of West Virginia's epidemics of chronic disease and obesity and the efforts to reverse them.  Her series is called "The Shape We're In."

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Journalist Kate Long explores West Virginia's epidemics of chronic disease and obesity and the efforts to prevent them in an ongoing series called "The Shape We're In."

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Former National Health Journalism Fellow Kate Long suggests it takes much more than a Facebook update and fleeting volley of Tweets to turn a reporting project into a catalyst for meaningful change.

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The Shape We’re In, Dennis Hunt fellowship project on West Virginia's obesity rates, was published following the philosophy of "sustainable outrage".

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Lexi Winnell, a 9-year-old girl with Native American ancestry, is insulin resistant. Her grandparents have gone all out to keep her from getting diabetes.

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In the Mud River Volunteer Fire Department, 26 adults and children were sending balloons up in the air to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Mud River Pound Punchers, one balloon for every pound they have lost.

 

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Donovan Patterson was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when he was 14 years old. The only time the thought of beind stuck with diabetes for the rest of his life leaves his mind is when he's playing music.

 

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Benji was 16 years old and 270 pounds when he decided he needed to loose weight if he wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up.

Since then, with the encouragement of his community, he has been able to run off 100 pounds. 

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