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Healthy kids a product of old-fashioned outside play, better ea

A new study shows American children are getting fatter and fatter, faster and faster.

Who's really surprised by that?

When was the last time you saw the neighborhood kids out playing baseball, basketball or football?

And when was the last time you saw them gathered around a Nintendo or an XBox?

How many kids do you know who would ask for vegetable stew instead of a Happy Meal? How many kids today even know what a vegetable stew is?

Kids don't roam the hills much anymore. They don't play imaginary games in the woods. They don't throw baseballs at barn doors for hours on end. Instead, they watch TV. Or they battle it out with some really weird-looking creatures on video monitors.

Ask them where the dining room is, and they just might say it's at Burger King or McDonald's.

Many of us adults are at fault.

It's tough to change, but we could.

We could eat at home more and out less.

We could shut down the TV and the video games and have our kids play outside more than just once in a while.

Why, we could even play with them. Novel concept there, granted.

Calorie-counting, exercise regimens and the like aren't necessary.

It's not really a complicated equation.

Eat better.

Play more.

Be healthier.

Matt Harvey

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