Time for support efforts to deal with childhood obesity
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. This is especially important in Kentucky because we have the third-highest rate of childhood obesity in the country and Lexington was recently named the most sedentary city in America by Men's Health Magazine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled over the past 30 years. It cuts across all cultural and demographic lines, but African-Americans and Latinos are disproportionately affected by childhood obesity.
One key to fighting childhood obesity is prevention. Regular physical activity and nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, can lower children's chances of becoming obese and developing chronic diseases.
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Schools are crucial, and strong wellness policies are the foundation of effective school health programs. Wellness policies should heed the recommendations of the major U.S. medical organizations not to use food as a reward. Doing so teaches children to become emotional eaters, which is a major cause of overeating.
Providing nutritious options at celebrations and having healthy fund-raisers are also best practices.
The 16th District PTA is organizing a fund-raiser to support health efforts in Fayette County schools.
Sign up to participate in the PTA 5K run/walk on Second Sunday taking place Oct. 9 at Coldstream Park and help shape a healthier future for our community.
Growing up on coal
In a TV campaign ad, attorney general candidate Todd P'Pool brags of growing up in coal country. Coal is what made him what he is today, the ad states. If that's the case, then he must have breathed too much of that coal dust and drunk too much of the lead-laden water he grew up on.
Why else would he want to stifle the Environmental Protection Agency? So other generations can grow up as intellectually challenged as he appears to be?
And why does he want to dismantle health care reform? So no one else can have the government-run health care he and his family enjoy from his job as a county prosecutor?
He has his, so to heck with all of the "peasants."
Norman E. Goldie, Jr.
Destabilizing a nation
There is a great and abiding reason for a federal government.
It brings order and reason to what would otherwise be constant and unproductive squabbling among states. A federal government brings the kind of standardization and organization in education, energy policy, foreign policy and numerous other areas that are needed for a large country to operate efficiently.
I thought we fought this war a long time ago, but many want to fight it all over again. The Tea Party movement seems to be quite analogous to the confederate states.
It wants to separate itself from concentrated government and initiate a raucous and cacophonous milieu of states' rights, which would bring mass confusion and the not-so-gradual degradation of our country's ability to function in a rational way.
A great country must be able to function from the center, with deep respect for the individual parts. It is a delicate balance. However, I fear greatly that the balance is very close to, and perhaps right on, the tipping point of our wonderful and brilliant country being unable to act in union.
When a particular political party decides, en masse, that the only important thing it has to do is to defeat a sitting president — no matter what it does to the economy and spirit of the country — then we have come to a point that reason has failed and we are in dire need of some kind of help within ourselves.
Bible's say on gays
I have noticed that most, if not all, the papers I read give space to gays to state their case. Now I wonder whether space will be granted for God's statements about them.
If so, here is a reply to a recent letter that closed with, "He pointed out that Jesus told his disciple there was much more to know but that they were not ready to hear all of the message from God."
Well, ready or not, the message has been there for a long time, loud and clear, in Romans 1:27, James 1:14-15 and John 8:44.
They just haven't been listening.
Earl H. Stewart
Where's that plaque?
A while back, there was a small black-and-white collie named Smiley Pete. He was always seen at the northeast corner of Main and Limestone. The man who ran the restaurant on the corner kept him supplied with food and water.
Smiley Pete always smiled at everyone who passed by. If it was cold, Pete would sleep in the vestibule of the Limestone side of Ben Snyder's department store.
For a long time, there was a plaque in his memory placed in concrete at the corner of Main and Limestone.
I wish someone would find that plaque and replace it where it belongs.
Joseph M. Heidenreich
Scrap yards follow rules
It is a shame to write an editorial and change the facts to make an industry look like criminals ("Copper thefts costly crimes," Aug. 16).
Our trade association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, has many members in Kentucky, including Lexington. Baker Iron & Metal and Freedom Metals Inc. are fierce competitors, but neither of us intentionally purchase stolen scrap metal, including copper.
We are multimillion-dollar companies and would not jeopardize our businesses by buying stolen copper.
Baker Iron, along with Freedom Metals and David J. Joseph Co., helped write the laws for not only the state, but also the cities of Louisville, Winchester and Elizabethtown.
We will work with the legislative body to improve the scrap theft law during the 2012 session. Louisville is updating its ordinance, and we hope to work with them on improving it.
ISRI members have tried to get users of copper and aluminum wire, along with law enforcement, to sit down and discuss what we can do together to help with this problem.
It would have been appropriate for the editorial board to have called an ISRI member for comment, and taken a tour of a facility so it would know what we do and that we do it correctly.
Our members probably generate close to $1 billion in sales and have close to 1,000 employees in Kentucky. We have too much to lose to be buying stolen material.
Bruce E. Blue
Chairman/CEO, Freedom Metals Inc.