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 May 10, 2005
Diet tip hot line lets people call their way to better health
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BERKELEY, Calif. Losing weight and getting healthier could be just a phone call away.

The University of California is offering a series of recorded messages with advice on everything from getting active as a family to healthy snacking for kids.

The free tip line started earlier this month and is targeted at poor people and recent immigrants -- with messages in both English and Spanish.

University scientists had good success when they ran messages in Spanish on diabetes -- a serious problem among Hispanics. They followed those messages with ones on recovering from South California wildfires.

A university official says the phone messages are a good tool for reaching out to those who may not have Internet access.

(The toll-free number is 1-800-514-4494)

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