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Fixin' Healthcare

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Lifestyle Chronicles - While Nero Fiddled

It seems the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) jointly convened a committee to discuss whether children should be labeled as overweight, at risk for overweight, obese or perhaps some other designation. One has to wonder what else was happening in the world while this discussion was ongoing.

Perhaps it might be important to label children if the objective is to get as many as possible on some medical regimen. There are already enough medical labels passed around to get most children on a drug.

What about the habits for healthy lifestyle? Every young parent-to-be, parent, child and adult in America needs to know and practice these habits. No one with any label should be excluded. Everyone, all labels included, should be physically active on a daily basis, eat whole foods, avoid highly processed food, get adequate sleep, manage stress, avoid smoking and take no drug unless absolutely necessary.

At least the committee's work kept the experts busy. Meanwhile, life goes on.

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