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Sunday, May 25, 2014
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY, AMERICA
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it looks like when it comes to getting enough exercise to stay fit, the kids in two of the countries comprising North America rank near the bottom among 14 other nations spanning the planet.
Active Healthy Kids Canada has been keeping track of data on its own youth for over a decade. This year, they decided to compare it with the same categories in Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa); Europe (Finland, England, Ireland, Scotland); North America (America, Mexico); South America (Columbia) and Oceana (Australia, New Zealand)
The Toronto Globe and Mail did its customarily good job of breaking down the findings of this study and, as well, highlighting suggestions from several experts on what can, could and needs to be done.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story even though I was certainly not pleased to learn that the obesity rate among Canadian children is 31 percent. That tells me right there that almost a third of Canada’s future citizens are headed toward a very complicated life medically. And a very expensive one for every Canadian whose taxes support universal health care.
Even among the 69 percent of the Queen’s children who are not dangerously overweight, where are our future Olympic athletes, astronauts, farmers, fishermen, loggers, steel workers, miners, explorers, aquanauts and movie stars? And the implications for professional sports? That alone is enough to put a person off their bagel and crème cheese for a fortnight or several.
What I missed about the story ~ because I suspect it was absent in the study itself ~ is what parents and grandparents can be doing about this. And there is something so incredibly fundamental and yet globally resonant about this that after I share it with you, you’ll never see the world quite the same again. You ready for this?
We can get off our respective bottoms and lead the way outside into the sunshine. Yep, it really is as simple as being a good role model. Kids need those and when they don’t get good ones, they accept and emulate bad ones.
Make fitness a family or peer group activity. Make it something everybody enjoys doing and where the performance of both the kids and the adults of any age is appreciated. If your offspring is already actively involved in a sport, make sure you are supporting them by being both the “owner of the franchise” and your young person’s biggest fan.
Be to that child all you can be. Then watch that child become all they can be. And know ~ as do they ~ that they could not have done it without you.
Now, how cool is that, eh?
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week. Our thanks to the Toronto Globe and Mail.
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Felina: Memorial Day is a sad day for America, is it not, Samuel?
Sam: Yep, Lass. It is.
Felina: It seems to be a time to remember those who returned to the earth after being killed by someone with whom the alpha of their species disagreed.
Sam: Well, essentially, Felina. But not exactly the way I’d put it, Sweetheart.
Felina: Then please enlighten me, mate of my three lifetimes. This confuses me, considerably.
Sam: There is a passion among this species for freedom and the implicit, though unspoken belief, that if you are willing to die for it in this life, one way or the other, it will be your reward in the next.
Felina: Then I am slightly confused, Samuel. If all of them want freedom, why do they fight one another for it?
Sam: Felina, I suspect that when they figure that out, this will day will celebrate living for freedom, instead of dying for it.
Felina: And perhaps peace will become as exciting and as meaningful as this war thing they seem to have going for themselves?
Sam: As long as they’re breathing and growing flowers, Sweetheart, there is always hope.
Felina: Then on that note, my rapacious rapscallion?
Sam: We respect and honor all those on all sides who gave their lives in the sincere belief that what they were doing was right. We pray that you find the same courage ~ but perhaps better guidance ~ in your search for a life truly worth living.
Felina: And until next week, Gentle Readers, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
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I love it when the American government does something right.
This is one of the reasons I admire my across Lake Washington neighbors. Melinda Gates recently stated that an unacceptable number of newborn babies in the world are dying because developed countries are not investing enough in their welfare.
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EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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THE GREEN AGENDA
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It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the BellinghamRe-EducationCenter.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty