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Take Off 4 Health: From left, Alexis Hicks, Diamond Kinsey and Tommy Manning were among the youth ages 12 to 18 who spent three weeks at Take Off 4 Health learning healthy lifestyle habits while also losing weight. The camp, held from July 26 to Aug. 13 at the Eastern 4-H Center near Columbia, is a joint project of East Carolina University, N.C. State University and Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Dr. David Collier, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU and director of the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, is one of the camp organizers. (Photo by Doug Boyd)

This story appeared originally in the Aug. 27, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at