A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!
A study in the journal Pediatrics has found a new way to prevent obesity in school-age children:
That's right: the bubbler, known more stuffily in the rest of the world as "water fountain."
The intervention is simple: having teachers encourage kids to drink water during the school day seems to have reduced obesity by 30%. It seems to have worked best with kids who are just in the borderline chubby category. Around here, I'd say fifth grade is when kids start to pork up--or get ready to slim down.
Of course, there's not a lot of money to be made by this approach, so it's not likely to be pushed hard. But parents, lobby for bubbler breaks. Take them yourself. Lobby for bubblers in public places.
I'm seeing a new vision for Tosa here: City of Bubblers, Not Blubber.