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Updated: 5/01/2012 6:44 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Today we were talking about the First Lady's visit to the valley. Although it wasn't on the agenda today, one of Michelle Obama's biggest projects has been the "Let's move" initiative push to end obesity in the United States.

There is a non-profit group in Las Vegas with the same goal in mind and a message one UNLV student has taken personally.

As News 3's Denise Rosch explains this is a teenager who's danced his way into the hearts of the entire campus.

“I've always liked to dance, and I've always liked a lot of attention,” said  UNLV student Gil  “Tiny” Revolorio.  “So when the camera was on me, it was showtime.”

Las Vegans might not know his name but chances are, if you attended a UNLV basketball game last season you have seen his moves.

Revolorio, a 19-year-old criminal justice major who's dancing up in the student section was first videotaped around Christmas time and quickly became, a fan favorite.

But while "Tiny” is now the undeniable big man on campus, he'd prefer there was less of him.

“Let's be honest I'm fat. Being fat sucks,” Revolorio said. 

And taking a page from Michelle Obama's  “Lets Move” initiative, he's ready to get fit.

“She's helping everybody, not only helps me, it helps the kids, the future and the parents. So thank you,”  he said.

Anthony Alegrete is founder of "Jump for Joy,” a non-profit organization that shares the First Lady's mission to stamp out childhood obesity and take pride in anyone with Revolorio's attitude.

“We couldn't be more proud of him. He makes us look good,” Alegrete said. 

Jump for Joy has been organizing free fitness camps for kids all over the Las Vegas valley for the past two years.

Now Jump for Joy is working with Revolorio and providing free training and nuitrition for a full year. His ultimate goal is to drop 200 pounds from his 500 pound frame and hopefully inspire other over-weight teens.

“Growing up I've always struggled with being obese and I felt with all the media hype I've been getting from the Rebel games I decided I would do something with it," Revolorio said. "And I've always wanted to go good."

This weekend Jump for Joy is bringing fitness to the community with a free event planned for Saturday at the UNLV Wellness Center. It's called "Rebels Fighting Obesity," and goes form 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“The parents are going to have workshops on positive psychology, stress managment, inter active fitness, healthy nutrition. So the college students can participate in those as well,"  Alegrete said.
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