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Published December 16 2013

Forum editorial: Focus on kid fitness wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To health care and physical education professionals who are stressing that children who are inactive are turning into “Generation Fluffy” (see Forum, Page 1, Dec. 11). Among them are Heather Arntson, head of Moorhead High School’s physical education department, and Joe Deutsch, associate professor of physical education teacher education at North Dakota State University, and a member of the Fargo Park Board. They and others are re-emphasizing the warning that children who don’t get enough exercise are at risk of health problems later in life. Many of them are overweight already, so are beginning life with a burden that could cause them harm as they mature. A big part of the problem is a sedentary lifestyle tied to video games, lack of outdoor experiences, poor diet and parents who are all too willing to excuse their kids from gym classes. It’s a good thing that educators who work with physically unfit children all day are sounding the alarm.

LEAFY SPURGE: To critics of President Barack Obama’s gracious handshake with Cuba’s Raul Castro at the funeral last week of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela. While the president was moving through the line of presidents and other dignitaries, he reached out to shake Castro’s hand – a gesture that certainly reflected the spirit of Mandela. But that’s all it was. It signified no opening to Cuba, no agreement with Cuban activities, no change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. It was a polite handshake that underscored that the president is a grownup.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.