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Two Hurricane Residents Fighting Childhood Obesity At National Level

Reported: Mar. 13, 2014 9:52 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 13, 2014 11:55 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Sean Delancey) -- Two Hurricane residents who seem to have their hands in just about every part of Putnam County, got a couple of trips to Washington to help fight childhood obesity at the national level.

Mandy and Kirk Curry were invited to the Hackathon last week.

The event took 30 people from across the nation and had them compete against each other to find creative solutions to a childhood obesity epidemic sweeping the nation.

Their proposal won the first round of competition, and they got to present their idea in front of more than 1,000 industry leaders on Thursday.

People in Hurricane said they realize obesity is a major issue in the area, and some people are trying their best to avoid it for the next generation.

"Diabetes and heart disease run in our family, so we're trying to avoid that and not let our grandson, granddaughter or any others get it," William Brock of Hurricane said.

The Currys want to create an application that would tell teachers how to create in-school gardens.

Mandy Curry said, when children are involved in growing the food, they will be much more interested in eating it.

The proposal the Currys presented Thursday will be evaluated and may win the audience choice award, but Mandy Curry has said that interest in the app was high, and that she would pursue developing it, regardless of the victor in the Hackathon challenge.



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