As I walked my dog Prissy in the park Jan. 11, I saw a group of pre-teens tossing a Frisbee around. They used orange cones to mark off a playing field in the meadow. I watched as they ran, jumped, stretched, laughed and yelled to each other during their game. They seemed to enjoy themselves tremendously. They slapped each other on the back in pure delight.
As I continued on my walk, I passed the basketball court where some teenagers played a game. They too, scampered, leapt, reached, guffawed and shouted to each other. They also seemed to take pleasure in their friendship. They tussled playfully with genuine happiness.
The thing I noticed about both of these groups: I didn’t see any fat or obese youngsters among them. Childhood obesity has become a major problem in our society. I think I know the antidote to that epidemic.