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Triathlete's first venture into murky water
Adrienne LaGier swims a safety stroke during an open water swim in Hawaii.
June 15th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Triathlete's first venture into murky water

Editor's note: Adrienne LaGier is one of seven CNN viewers training to race the Nautica Malibu Triathlon with Dr. Sanjay Gupta as part of the CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. Here LaGier shares some lessons she learned while doing her first open water swim at home.

One of the major fears I had when I started my CNN Fit Nation triathlon journey was the viability of swimming in the Bay just 1.5 miles from my house.

I’ve heard horror stories from friends who have battled brutal infections in their skin and bloodstreams after swimming in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Using hip hop and graffiti to fight childhood obesity
June 15th, 2012
01:14 PM ET

Using hip hop and graffiti to fight childhood obesity

Editor's note: Dr. Kevin Strong is a pediatrician in Camden, Maine, and the founder of Dunk the Junk. For more on Kevin and Dunk the Junk, watch "Sanjay Gupta, MD" Saturday at 4:30 p.m. EST and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. EST.

As a community pediatrician, I was frustrated with my inability to effect lasting change on the dietary proclivities of my young patients. I felt hindered by the bureaucracies of "Big Medicine" and outgunned by the branding masterminds and massive pocketbooks of "Big Junk Food."

Dunk the Junk is our solution to that frustration.

We at Dunk the Junk want to educate kids on the perils of excessive junk food consumption and excite them about eating unprocessed food straight from the land. We put our emphasis on getting sugar out of the diet, particularly sugar from sugary drinks (because this is what the science tells us works the best).

In our design we made sure to incorporate what we know from the psychology literature about motivational change. Kids must be motivated to change and feel that the decision to change is their own.
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June 15th, 2012
09:26 AM ET

Surrogate Sisters: The ultimate gift

Editor's note: Surrogate Sisters airs on "Sanjay Gupta, MD" this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. EST and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. EST.

As people on CNN's Health team will tell you, one of my favorite sayings is, "It's better to be lucky than smart." This is one of those instances.  

A few months ago, I saw a picture on a friend's Facebook page of a kid's science project, showing how much sugar is in some popular drinks. The picture came from a "friend" of my friend. Intrigued, I sent a message to my friend's friend.

The recipient was Tiffany Burke, a photographer and mother of two in Bellingham, Washington. Turned out the picture didn't belong to Tiffany, but she told me something amazing.
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Wake-up call inspires backyard garden
June 15th, 2012
07:28 AM ET

Wake-up call inspires backyard garden

Editor's note: Madeline Martinez is joining dozens of iReporters who are documenting their journeys from garden to table. Stay up to date on her progress toward a more fruitful way of life on iReport.

Well before her diabetes diagnosis, Madeline Martinez knew her unhealthy eating habits were leading her down the wrong path.

Martinez, a 49-year-old corporate travel agent in Miami, Florida, was 120 pounds overweight — the result of years resorting to fast-food dinners after long days at the office.

When her endocrinologist delivered the news in February - Type 2 diabetes - she got serious. She ditched McDonald's and began shopping at Whole Foods and farmers' markets for organic produce.

Then she went a step further and bought a shovel.
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