Shaq attacks childhood obesity

March 7, 2007 at 12:50 PM
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MIAMI, March 7 (UPI) -- Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal will move from defending the hoop on a basketball court to helping children guard against childhood obesity.

The NBA all-star will star in a six-episode ABC series in which he will help overweight elementary and junior high school students lose weight while educating viewers about childhood obesity, E!News said.

Shooting has begun for the series scheduled to air this summer, ABC confirmed. O'Neal will shoot the series when he's not playing ball, coaching children in Broward County, Fla.

Segments will feature O'Neal working with local politicians and school officials to change school lunch programs to promote better nutrition, ABC said. The show will also focus on the children's lives outside of school and examine the reasons behind their eating habits.

O'Neal has supported causes that battle youth obesity and childhood diabetes for several years.

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