Healthful dieting is more than half the battle. Every calorie and gram of fat is strictly monitored by the staff at Wellspring and carefully recorded by the students. Here, Savannah Davis finishes her dinner with broccoli.
Jade Tapia, 14, cries as she says goodbye to her father just after arriving on the Wellspring campus in August. If students make enough progress in the first eight weeks, they earn the right to go home for the weekend or to go out to eat with their visiting families.
Savannah Davis (second from right) walks with her friends to the cafeteria. In the five years of its existence, Wellspring has earned a reputation for teaching overweight children to prefer healthful food and exercise.
Students walk through the scenic campus of Wellspring Academy, a boarding school for overweight children, located near Asheville, N.C. In addition to taking regular academic classes, students learn to control weight through a healthful diet, exercise and counseling.
Wellspring student Bethany Gomez, 16, arrived in August from her home in Galveston, Texas. She had already spent two months at Wellspring last year as well as six weeks at a Wellspring summer camp and had lost about 65 pounds. "I'm about halfway there," she says.
First of two stories, which are part of an ongoing series on obesity in America. The first part begins in August as students start their weight-loss journey at Wellspring Academy, a boarding school in Brevard, N.C. The second checks in with the students a few months later.
Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who was an adviser and fundraiser for convicted former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) and also raised money for then-state Sen. Barack Obama before Obama's election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, was sentenced today to serve seven more years in prison.
Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 6:00 am
The Thanksgiving holiday offers a chance to connect with family and enjoy a relaxing meal. But it doesn't always happen that way — especially when political arguments break out at the table. We asked our audience to share their stories on NPR's Facebook page, and the responses came rolling in.
Stef Work echoed the sentiment of many, saying, "I don't think I am alone when I find the visits too long and the social graces too few."
Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 12:37 pm
Last week, a Mercedes-Benz executive was stopped by police in Alabama because his rental car did not have a license plate. He had a German identification card but had left his passport and driver's license at his hotel.
Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 11:34 am
A small group of Occupy Wall Street supporters who have taken two weeks to walk from New York to Washington, D.C., arrived in the nation's capital today, The Washington Post reports. They're hoping to temporarily occupy a patch of land on the National Mall.
That's one bit of Occupy-related news today. Others:
Originally published on Tue November 22, 2011 11:17 am
With its big, round eyes and bushy tail, the aye-aye lemur looks like a a cross between a monkey and a squirrel. To many people in Madagascar, it's a tasty, traditional meal, and an excellent source of protein and iron.
But with as few as 1,000 to 10,000 lemurs left on the island, conservationists say they're critically endangered and don't belong on the dinner table.
From left to right, Miss Bala actors Noe Hernandez, Stephanie Sigman and director Gerardo Najanjo pose during the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. Miss Bala will represent Mexico in search of a nomination to the Oscars as best foreign language film.