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Jan. 6, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State men’s gymnastics head coach Miles Avery and Olympians Morgan and Paul Hamm will appear on ABC’s 20/20 at 10 p.m. Friday detailing their efforts in assisting two Central Ohio families in overcoming obesity. The title of the program `Obesity Olympics’ discusses obesity in America and how families can help each other towards a healthier lifestyle.

“I am glad I had the opportunity to work with families in the local community and help them jumpstart their lifestyles,” Avery said.

Avery and the Hamms helped the Lechners and the Rankins improve their health by changing their diet and implementing exercise into their daily lives. Morgan and Paul were each assigned to a family and were responsible for motivating each household to better health. Avery worked with both families as a personal trainer for seven weeks before the project concluded Dec. 17, 2004.