Shaq's Big Challenge was designed to be a wake-up call — to prod us into taking action against one of our nation's most critical health issues: childhood obesity. Shaq realized that a child's weight problem can begin at school, where physical education programs have been cut and cafeteria options are heavy on the soft drinks and fast food. He took it upon himself to go into the schools to see what was going on — and he discovered that PE programs had been cut due to budget issues and that industrial-size cartons of frozen food are the most affordable way to provide lunch for more than 1,000 students. Shaq visited six kids at home, Shaq also realized that family dynamics, poor eating habits, and cultural traditions can all compound the problem. Shaq enlisted his personal physician and trainer, Carlon Colker, to help him with the effort. Before long, he had signed up his old LSU basketball coach, Dale Brown, along with nutritionist Joy Bauer, Miami Children's Hospital pediatrician William Muinos, Food Network celebrity chef Tyler Florence, and tough-talking trainer Tarik Tyler. Together the team tackled the food, fitness, and medical aspects of childhood weight issues. In the end six kid's lives were saved. Shaq, his expert team, and the six kids presented this issue to the governor of Florida. Without hesitation, the governor implemented a statewide health and fitness program for kids.