Alaina Lopez is a healthy and confident 12 year old thanks to the lessons she's learned at the Weight Management Clinic at East Tennessee's Children's Hospital.
"It's never been about losing weight. It's about making healthy choices that she maintains as she gets older," said Alaina's mom Carrie.
Keeping children on a healthy diet can be difficult enough at home, but it can be an even bigger challenge when they face the temptations of the outside world.
Four years ago, Tennessee was the first state to implement the coordinated school health plan. That meant changes to school lunch were no longer an option, but a must.
Over the past decade in Tennessee, cases of obesity have increased from 19% to 31%; a third of us are overweight.
Four in ten Knox County students are considered overweight or obese. Lack of exercise, a fast food lifestyle--whatever the reasons, obesity is setting children up for serious health problems.