August 12, 2014

When we meet Jim, a 32-year-old obese man, in 2030, life is not going so well. In fact, we might be witnessing the beginning of Jim's end by cardiac arrest. As doctors rush to help his crushing heart, we backtrack through Jim's abbreviated lifespan to see how he got here.

What unfolds is first-person view of a sedentary, junk-food fueled life where bad habits are learned and encouraged by a well meaning family.

The video comes from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's "Strong4Life" campaign, which encourages viewers to "rewind the future." It may not actually be too late for Jim, the PSA claims, and it's not too late for anyone else struggling to stay healthy, too.

Now, before you scratch the itch of cynicism, I encourage you to read the Reddit thread that plays out under the original posting. Strangers share stories, successes, failures, and the guilt and shame they feel in their plights. Such honesty is rewarded with sometimes aggressive words of support. One commentator threatens to check in on another's progress in a month. It is genuinely inspiring. Here are just a few examples:

I'm 5'9, 32 years old and almost 300 pounds. I played all those gaming systems and pretty much grew up like that. Even with the fucking treadmill.
I think for the first time, a psa got to me. See you soon progress pics (wish me luck reedit)
Edit: wow guys. Your going to make shed some tears with the support you are all giving me. I am not very articulate, but it's time like this I wish was so that I can properly deliver how much this support means to me. [Reddit user drewgarr]


Thanks for sharing, and for articulating it so clearly. I have lost weight over the last few months (30 lbs!), and just feel... so much better, more energetic, less achy, etc. Many habits I've gotten comfortable with needed to be broken, or still need breaking.
EDIT: Since this is a visible comment, THANK YOU to whoever gave me gold for posting the link!
EDIT2: I have read so many comments from people saying that this PSA inspired them to make changes to better their health, and that has overwhelmed me. Just know that if you're one of those people who's been inspired, yes, you can fucking do it. Also, /r/loseit and /r/progresspics genuinely motivated me, and maybe it will help you, too. [Reddit user StreetMailbox]


Wow. As an overweight mother this hit hard. I am doing everything in my power to make sure my daughter doesn't end up like me and so far it's working because she is a beautifully healthy little girl who would much rather take a slice of melon over chocolate I just need to sort myself out for her sake as well as my own. I can and will do it. I will not die through obesity. [Reddit user leedsfreak]

Obesity statistics are terrifying. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents on the past 30 years. If it takes a PSA or a public forum like Reddit to get the conversation and motivation going, more power to both.

Check out Strong4Life's website for more information about to make healthy habits. Lauren Hansen

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At a three hour hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole again for killing Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, just after Kennedy won the pivotal California Democratic presidential primary. Sirhan, 71, maintained that he did not remember the shooting, though he clearly recalled going to a shooting range, getting drunk, and drinking coffee at a hotel in the hours before the assassination. The commissioners, in denying his parole request, said that Sirhan neither showed sufficient remorse nor seemed to understand the gravity of his crime.

Most of the drama at the hearing, Sirhan's 15th bid for parole, was provided by Paul Schrade, a 91-year-old former labor leader and RFK confidante who was shot in the head during Robert Kennedy's assassination. Schrade said that he believes Sirhan was the gunman who shot him but that Kennedy was slain by a second gunman, a theory he has espoused before. "I should have been here long ago and that's why I feel guilty for not being here to help you and to help me," Schrade told Sirhan, whom he was facing for the first time since Sirhan's 1969 trial. "Sirhan, I'm so sorry this is happening to you," he called out as Sirhan was leaving the room. "It's my fault."

The commissioners were not swayed by Schrade's theories, nor by Sirhan's protestation that he didn't remember the shooting. "This crime impacted the nation, and I daresay it impacted the world," said commissioner Brian Roberts. "It was a political assassination of a viable Democratic presidential candidate." Sirhan can petition for parole again in five years. Peter Weber

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On Wednesday, the Senate voted 96-0 in favor of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, which targets North Korea's ability to finance the development of nuclear warheads and long-range ballistic missiles.

Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida both left the campaign trail to return to Washington for the vote. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) chose to keep campaigning the day after he won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, but released a statement voicing his support for the sanctions against the "totalitarian state of North Korea" that is "becoming more belligerent by the day." The sanctions, he said, "are an important tool in resolving the growing threat from Pyongyang. The legislation before the Senate would help prevent North Korea from obtaining goods or technology related to nuclear weapons, ban foreign assistance to any country that provides lethal military equipment to North Korea, and target the country's trade in key industrial commodities."

The legislation comes after North Korea's latest satellite launch. A similar bill was passed by the House of Representatives in January. Catherine Garcia

February 10, 2016
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FBI agents have surrounded the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in an attempt to get the last four armed occupiers to leave.

Armored vehicles have been placed around the refuge, The Oregonian reports, and the four occupiers all face arrest on a federal charge of conspiracy for their roles in the takeover. The FBI said in a statement that one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside of the camp at 4:30 p.m., but took off "at a high rate of speed" as FBI agents tried to approach him. As of 6 p.m., the FBI said "no shots have been fired," and negotiations are underway.

The refuge has been occupied since early last month. The group's leader, Ammon Bundy, and other occupiers were arrested in late January, the same day one of the protesters was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Catherine Garcia

February 10, 2016
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The estate of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer in 2014, was notified Wednesday that it owes the city $500 for "ambulance advance life support" and mileage for Rice's ambulance ride to a medical center.

The city's assistant law director filed the claim in Cuyahoga County Probate Court Wednesday. "The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgement required for the city to send a bill — its own police officers having slain 12-year-old Tamir — is breathtaking," Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra said in a statement. "This adds insult to homicide."

Rice was shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann on Nov. 22, 2014, after he was spotted playing with a replica airsoft gun in a Cleveland park. The person who called 911 told the operator Rice looked to be a juvenile and the gun was possibly fake, but the information was not relayed to the officers. Loehmann shot and killed Rice within two seconds of arriving at the park, reports, and the Rice family has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Cleveland arguing that Loehmann and Officer Frank Garmback showed no concern for Rice's welfare, standing around him for four minutes without offering any first aid. An FBI agent then arrived and gave him assistance. In December, a grand jury declined to indict the officers. Catherine Garcia

February 10, 2016

Two sheriff's deputies were killed in Abingdon, Maryland, on Wednesday, after approaching a suspect inside a Panera Bread during the lunch hour.

Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler of the Harford County sheriff's department said in a statement that the deputies were at the restaurant for an investigation, and the suspect shot one deputy and then ran to a nearby apartment complex. A second deputy then "attempted to make contact with the suspect," and was also shot. At that point, at least two other deputies fired at the suspect, and he died at the scene, Gahler said. No customers inside the Panera Bread were injured, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The suspect has been identified as 67-year-old David Brian Evans, a white male. He had two outstanding warrants — one in Florida for assaulting a police officer and fleeing, and another in Harford County for a reason not disclosed by Gahler, USA Today reports. The names of the deceased deputies have not yet been released, but Gahler said one was a 30-year veteran of the department who worked in the Court Services Division, and the other was a 16-year veteran who worked with the Community Services Division. "Today is a sad day for the Harford County Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Harford County who we are sworn to serve," Gahler said. Catherine Garcia

February 10, 2016
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On Thursday, leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus will go to the Democratic National Committee to formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president through its political action committee.

The group plans to send African American lawmakers to targeted states, including South Carolina, where the Democratic primary will take place on Feb. 27. "It's one thing to endorse and do nothing," Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), chairman of the CBS PAC, told The Washington Post. "It's another thing to endorse and to go to work."

Meeks said that out of the 20 people on the PAC's board, 90 percent voted to endorse Clinton. None of the members voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), while some abstained because they have yet to endorse anyone. The lawmakers who will stump for Clinton are familiar with her, Meeks said, and "can actually testify [to] the work that Hillary Clinton has done." Catherine Garcia

February 10, 2016
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Ben Carson didn't do very well in the New Hampshire primary — he came in second-to-last, beating just Jim Gilmore — but he said his backers aren't going to let him give up.

"I'm not getting any pressure from our millions of supporters" to exit the race, he told CNN Wednesday. "I'm getting a lot of pressure to make sure I stay in the race. They're reminding me that I'm here because I responded to their imploring me to get involved. And I respect that and I'm not just going to walk away from the millions of people who are supporting me."

Carson said he thinks he can win South Carolina, and will "be putting a lot of time, resources, and effort here." The campaign did not spend "nearly as much money in New Hampshire as many others," he added, because they "recognized there were certain things that were going to happen there. So you have to pick your battles very carefully. We're doing just fine, people will continue to support us, we will move forward." Catherine Garcia

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