That is: A federal government mandate forcing schools to make kids exercise for 60 minutes a day. Because, y'know, obesity is a nationwide problem that requires government to step in.
In his report, [NBC's Robert] Bazell proceeded to detail the dictates of the health panel: "...requiring at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity in schools. Public and workplace policies that encourage people of all ages to exercise more. Industry-wide guidelines on marketing food to children, including healthier choices for kids in restaurants and having healthy food available at all public events."
It's bad enough we have kids testing left and right due to suffocating federal mandates; now we're magically going to make kids engage in physical activity for an hour during the school day. The thing is, this isn't too much of an issue for a lot of kids already, being that many are involved in sports activities. But for those kids who perpetually refuse to even get dressed for gym class by merely bringing in a parent note? How will these lofty "health advocates" work their way around that? And will phys ed teachers now be evaluated on how fit their students are?
UPDATE: Ed Driscoll offers NBC some advice:
NBC itself is in a perfect position to do so, by refusing all advertising from beer manufacturers, fast-food retailers and junk food purveyors. Not to mention banning coverage of sporting events where these products are sold by concessionaires. Think they’ll do so?Posted by Hube at May 9, 2012 06:22 PM | TrackBack