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TN starts young in weight battle

Students show progress, but breaking ingrained habits proves far from easy

June 12, 2011
by Heidi Hall
Tennessean

The vending machines at DuPont Hadley Middle School stock only bottled water, even though eliminating high-sugar drinks cost the Old Hickory school about $1,000 per year in sales.

On a recent morning here, students attacked their gym class workouts with vigor. And at lunch, at a table of five, not a single student picked junk food — one bought a pre-made chef salad and two others an entrée of cubed turkey in a low-fat cheese sauce. All chose a fruit or vegetable.

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