It's a startling statistic. According to state data, more than one-third of teenage kids in Louisiana are overweight. Louisiana ranks as one of the top 10 states in the country for childhood obesity. One medical student at LSU Health has been trying to drastically cut back on the number.
Randy Vince is in the process of finishing his second year of medical school. During his time in Shreveport he started a program in partnership with Lighthouse where medical students help teach under privileged kids how to live a more active life.
"It teaches them healthy lifestyles early on in life which they can use as an adult," said Vince.
The program, which started last year, teaches kids simple hygiene and exercise. It also goes through a routine health exam. More importantly, Vince said he wanted kids and their parents to know how to make better food choices.
"Parents just grab what is quick and convenient and it's not always healthy."
Vince, an inner city kid himself with no male figure around after his dad passes at the age of 12-years-old, said he did not care about his health or his education. He said that all changed when his high school football coach set him straight.
"A coach sat me down and told me you have the potential to play college football but you need to get your grades together."
Since then, Vince has wanted to do the same for kids in his situation. He said when he passed his test and earned the title of doctor he had plans to set up residency in neighborhoods that help kids with his background.
The health fair program Vince put together with Lighthouse is expected to be a yearly event.
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