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L.A. and Baldwin Park teens launch website to fight obesity

September 17, 2009 |  7:26 am
Teachers and students from South Los Angeles and Baldwin Park this morning will announce the launch of a social network website to educate youths about junk food and obesity.Picture 2

The WereFedUp site was created by 40 students from high schools in the two areas to share information about the perils of fast food and teen obesity. The project comes at a time when youths nationwide are experiencing growing rates of diabetes and heart disease attributed to eating fatty, high-calorie foods.

The social network site will be announced at two news conferences this morning at the Accelerated School in South L.A. and the Baldwin Park Arts and Recreation Center.

The site features photos of the students involved in the social network, as well as videos and blog posts about nutrition, junk food and exercise.

The project is a partnership between the Accelerated School, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy in Baldwin Park and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Fast-food advertisement posted on the WereFedUp web page. Credit: Lauren Gomez