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Chef Fights to Stop Diabetes

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A former celebrity chef is trying to get schools and parents to invest in food now to protect kids from diabetes and other health issues.

The Center for Disease Control says one in three children in the U.S. will develop diabetes, and 30-percent of them are overweight.

Chef Ann Cooper wants to revolutionize the national school lunch program and invest in healthier options. If nothing changes and kids continue to get diabetes, the cost to treat that disease is $174 billion a year.

"We're going to pay now or we're going to pay later," says Cooper. "We're going to pay now for healthy food and healthy kids or we're going to pay later with an obesity and diabetes crisis."

Chef Cooper has launched a free website at with 80 recipes to spread the healthy lunch revolution to schools across the country.

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