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Congratulations to four recent California Endowment Health Journalism Fellows for being chosen for 2012 AHCJ Awards for their Fellowship project.

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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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This story is part of Kate Long's fellowship project where she explores West Virginia's epidemics of chronic disease and obesity and the efforts to reserve them. The series is called "The Shape We're In."

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Eighty cooks from 15 West Virginia counties recently packed the Cabell Midland High School kitchen for healthy-cooking boot camp. The state's school superintendent believes serving healthy meals to kids will help with the state's obesity and chronic disease problems.

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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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