Oct. 1, 2008: Huntington, W. Va. Mayor David Felinton walks along Eighth Street on his morning stroll from home to work at City Hall. Following Lap-Band surgery in October of 2007, Felinton began a walking campaign to help lose weight and keep it off.
Nov. 11, 2008: The City of Huntington, W. Va., is seen in an aerial view. Nearly half the adults are obese, and Huntington leads in a half-dozen other measures of illness, too, including heart disease and diabetes. But many of the locals don't even know it.
Sept. 29, 2008: Caleb Clark, 10, of Milton, W.Va., lifts his shirt as Ashley Potter uses a tape to measure around his waistline, as he participates in the H.E.A.R.T. Champions program at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va.. Potter, left, is an Exercise Physiologist in the hospital's H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Educators Attack Risk Factors Together) program. Children selected to participate take part in regular exercise, cholesterol and blood pressure screening, and nutrition education.
Sept. 29, 2008: Ashley Potter, at left, an Exercise Physiologist with the H.E.A.R.T. Champions program at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va., uses a tape to measure around the waistline of program participant Noah Retcher, 9, of Milton.
Sept. 29, 2008: Shari Wiley, at right, program director of H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Educators Attack Risk Factors Together) Champions at St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va., talks with parents and children in the program.
Sept. 29, 2008: Matt Chambers, owner of Ferrell-Chambers Funeral Home in Huntington, W.Va., turns through a three-ring binder that shows a broad selection of over-sized caskets he is now able to offer families to help accommodate larger bodies of their deceased loved ones.
Sept. 29, 2008: Chambers said the options for larger caskets have increased greatly over the past several years.
Oct. 1, 2008: Dr. Tom Dannals, a family practitioner with H.I.M.G. (Huntington Internal Medicine Group), shows a city map of Huntington, W.Va., with highlighted streets to indicate a planned marathon route. Dannals is regarded by some in the Huntington tri-state area as the 'Exercise Evangelist' for his work in helping organize a local triathlon for both children and adults, as well as a marathon and half-marathon, relay and walk.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is headed to Huntington, W. Va., to help the nation's unhealthiest city eat better.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is heading to Huntington, West Virginia in an effort to get them fit.