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Celebs hit the Joe to fight childhood obesity

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Team McElveen wins the 2012 Slim Down the South Softball Game over Team Baker 5-3 (Sandra Ecklund/WCIV) Team McElveen wins the 2012 Slim Down the South Softball Game over Team Baker 5-3 (Sandra Ecklund/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Joe's baseball diamond will light up this weekend with celebrities and sports stars, all for the cause of fighting childhood obesity.

The non-profit, Louie's Kids, is hosting Slim Down the South on Saturday with the goal to raise awareness to the community's health and wellness.

Louie's Kids has helped hundreds of children reach their weight loss goals.

One of those kids is 16-year-old Jazmine Scott who says thanks to the program, she's on the right path for a healthy future.

"I was always overweight. I was skeptical about my weight," she said. "I would never lose any and by the end of the program I lost 20 pounds and after that I've really been keeping my weight down."

Jazmine says she now walks to a new beat, staying active in sports and knowing the proper way to eat.

"You have to eat right. You have to eat every meal of the day. You have to get small portions of everything," she said. "If you want to snack, eat small portions and not so much fried food."

Jazmine is living proof of Louie's Kids motto that fighting obesity, one child at a time, makes a difference and sets them on a path for a healthier tomorrow.

"It gives them a chance to learn about their bodies and the right things to eat and what not to eat," she said.

Making wellness and health seem fun for kids is the life mission of Louis Yuhasz founder of the non-profit Louie's Kids. He started the Run Buddies and Fit Club programs to get kids to be more active with mentorships and after-school activities.

The softball tournament will help fund these great programs and this year's Slim Down South is a special one for the charity.

"It's a celebration for us because it's a milestone," said Yuhasz. "In our 12 years, we've helped over 500 kids and helped them lose more than 5,000 pounds."

And the stars will be out at the Joe on Saturday, using their celebrity status to combat childhood obesity, which according to the Centers for Disease Control, has tripled over the last 30 years.

"These are just really great kids," said Sylvia Jefferies, actress of ABC's Nashville. "And we want to see their future open for them and want to see them get the careers they want and the jobs, the families and not be held back by their weight issues."

"It's a great way to educate kids on food and what they should be eating and keeping their bodies in shape and how to have a longer life," said singer Elise Testone. "And I think that's important for every child to know."

Star power, celebrating kids and their accomplishments while hitting a home run for health.

Other celebrities joining Team Wells Fargo and Team Taco Boy on the field include Adam Rodriguez from CSI:Miami and the movie Magic Mike, Mark Bryan from Hootie & the Blowfish and Army Wives actors Bubba Bryant and Terry Serpico.

The NY Giant's Corey Miller joins his former Gamecock teammate Langston Moore but on opposite sides of the field.

Local personalities will also be in the dugouts including ABC News 4's own Dean Stephens, Victoria Hansen, Jon Bruce, Tessa Spenser and Tom Crawford.

Jump castles, face painting, live music and a dunk tank round out the family fun agenda.

Tickets are still available for Slim Down the South event. You can buy them at the gate or online.

Gates open at noon and the celebrity softball game starts at 2 p.m.


  • Stefanie Bainum

    Email: sbainum@abcnews4.com Reporter Profile




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