Some health experts say Americans' ignorance about nutrition is fueling the obesity epidemic that may lead to lower life expectancy rates.
At age 12 and weighing 329 pounds, Daniel Soderberg was likely the youngest person in the world to receive a gastric bypass to save his sight.
One effort to improve nutrition on school menus is a movement to connect nearby farmers with Minnesota schools.
In northern Minnesota, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are battling the unhealthy eating habits closely linked to soaring rates of Type 2 diabetes.
At the Leech Lake Reservation, a meal based on locally-grown and wild foods has become part of a weekly drum and dance night.
MPR News explores how changing our food culture could help cure obesity.
A look at what's for lunch at public schools.
How much do you know about what you eat? Test your nutrition knowledge.
MPR's Tom Crann tours a supermarket with expert on making healthy and affordable food choices.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of The Splendid Table, offers tips on healthy cooking and feeding picky kids.
Reporters: Lorna Benson, Tom Robertson, Tom Weber
Broadcast editor: Mike Edgerly
Web editors: Jennifer Ehrlich, Melanie Sommer
Web producer: Than Tibbetts
Interactive producers: Molly Bloom, Drew Geraets
Photographer: Jeffrey Thompson
Minnesota Public Radio News reported this series as part of a project being directed by the Minnesota Community Foundation. Along with other partners, the foundation has launched a contest -- the Minnesota Idea Open -- that asks Minnesotans to offer ideas to help combat obesity in their communities. Implementation of the winning idea is funded with a cash award. April 9 is the last day to submit ideas. For more information visit: www.mnideaopen.org.