Hey, Kids; Huffing Paint To A Gangbanger Beat Will Melt Those Pounds Away!

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central maine medical centerLEWISTON — As a pediatrician, Kevin Strong has seen children grow obese before they’re old enough to enter kindergarten. He worried about their health, about their self esteem, about their futures. Now he’s doing something more than worry. Strong, a pediatric hospitalist at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, has created Dunk the Junk, a nonprofit organization and hip hop-filled, graffiti-covered campaign to encourage kids to drop soda and junk food in favor of fruits, vegetables and other healthy fare.  “If you get (children’s) attention and then you show them what’s being done, like with processed food, they get pretty fired up and motivated,” he said. Strong came up with the idea for Dunk the Junk — dunk as in basketball and junk as in junk food — last year. By summer the Camden resident and father of three had formed a nonprofit and joined with Portland graffiti artist Mike Rich to create the group’s logo and food characters, including Psycho Fruit Roll Up and Fizz the soda.  (read more shizzle at LewizzleSunJizzal)

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