Lebanon Reporter

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December 26, 2013

The gift that never wears out and just keeps on giving

The presents are all unwra-pped and Dad is wearing the latest Duck Dynasty attire while Mom is figuring out what to do with all of the leftover food from yesterday’s feast. All of the children are trying out their latest video games or text messaging friends with the newest model of smartphone. I very much doubt that many little boys are playing with a new train set or attempting to build a tower out of Tinker Toys. Maybe a few kids received a shiny Flexible Flyer Sled for Christmas, but since we had so much rain last week, they can only slide down the hills in the mud. Like a lot of other changes, most of the sleds from the old days have been replaced with plastic dish-shaped contraptions. Another favorite toy that boys use to get was a bright red fire engine to play with. If they still get them, the old-fashioned metal ones have been replaced by a cheaper-grade of plastic ones. Remember folks, if you take your Christmas tree down before New Year’s Day, it is considered bad luck. Well, that is what my mother used to say when I was a small fry. Speaking of small fries, our government would rather have our kids eat sliced apples instead of French fries. I’m not really certain what that has to do with the holidays, but the thought just flashed in my brain. Remember this everyone, moderation of salty and sweet snacks is the key and elimination is not the solution to the growing problem of childhood obesity. I think the nation’s overweight problems stems from more than just poor eating habits, after all, haven’t we been consuming high caloric goodies ever since time began? Inactivity, video games, cellphones and a whole list of other things way too numerous to mention are the true culprits of most of our problems when it comes to obesity. The solution to the problem of obesity starts at home, not in school or the fast food eateries. Teaching our children such things as positive eating, regular exercise, limited use of electronic devices, should begin at home, not in school or anywhere else for that matter.

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