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Outside activities the best way to beat childhood obesity

May 12, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

I am sick and tired of the excuse that obesity amongst children is due to what they eat and drink. We don't have PE in the schools as we had when I went to school. We didn't have video games when I was young. We went outside and played.

I was born and raised in NYC, we played punch ball, stickball and other games in the streets. We didn't have ball fields like we do today.

As I got older, we played softball, alley ball and basketball in the school yards.

Here in Cape Coral, we have organized sports such as, little league baseball and soccer. Where are the basketball courts and handball courts for the kids?

Try to have a pickup game at any ball field with the neighborhood kids. You can't because of organized sports. You get chased off the fields when organized sports want to play. Taxpayers pay for these fields and should be able to utilize them at anytime.

When I was a kid, we ate pizza. That was supposedly junk food. Lo and behold, it was discovered over the years that it was healthy food.

Let's get back to the ways things were. Take away the video games and get back to children playing in sports that don't require them to join something their parents can't afford.

Complicating the issue is municipalities are afraid if children get hurt they are going to get sued.

Bruce Miller

Cape Coral



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