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The Shape We’re In: story list with URLs

Short descriptions of each story: easy-to-read, e-mailable pdfs of the actual newspaper pages, with all photos and charts.

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Useful charts and graphs

A wide variety of charts created for The Shape We’re In are available here, with pdfs attached for download.  Credit them as follows: Kyle Slagle for The Charleston Gazette.

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“I want to tell people, this is possible.”/ You can prevent, control diabetes

Dannie Cunningham, 61, cut his soaring sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol down to normal range and dropped 56 pounds by working longterm with a diabetes counselor.

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TIPS for parents who want to make healthy changes

Here are some resources and links that can help parents who want to take charge of encouraging healthier lifestyles in their families.


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RESEARCH: Regular breakfast helps you lose weight, concentrate

Here are some links to research that show the benefits of a healthy breakfast and concentration and performance in his school. Continue reading

TIPS: A few things to know about soda pop

Think about it: Just 500 extra calories every day, for seven days, equals one pound weight gain. That’s a pound a week from two soda  pops a day.


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‘The Shape We’re In’: An introduction

West Virginia is at or near the top of nearly every chronic disease ranking: diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension, many more.

It doesn’t have to stay that way.

For now, one in four West Virginia 11-year-olds has high “bad” cholesterol. One in five has high blood pressure.  Almost one in three is obese. One in six kindergartners is obese.

We can do something about that.

West Virginia’s adult obesity rate is predicted to double to more than 60 percent by 2030, if nothing changes. We can change it.winnerbadge

As one state health official said, “This is a public health emergency.” Learn about the problems, meet people and communities trying to bring those numbers down, and find out what you can do in this Charleston Gazette series.

TEACHERS: This site has been developed as a classroom resource for higher education teachers. Here are some ways to use these stories in your classroom. We welcome your feedback and ideas!

This Charleston Gazette series was supported by a Dennis A. Hunt fellowship, administered by the California Endowment for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.