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Childhood obesity has become, by any number of yardsticks, the No. 1 health problem among American kids.

In response, the federal government has started toughening school nutrition standards. The first lady has her Let's Move campaign. The state legislature in Massachusetts has cracked down on school vending machines.

The thing is, they're all initiatives pushed on kids by adults. But in one Boston neighborhood, some teens are taking on the problem themselves.


  • Mbakwe Okafor, wellness director, Codman Academy
  • Hector Lawrence, student, Codman Academy
  • Kenisha Allen-Daley, student, Codman Academy
  • Carey Goldberg, co-host, WBUR's CommonHealth blog


This segment aired on April 5, 2011.

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