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In this particular study 492 second, third, and fourth grade students were tested for their Body Mass Index (BMI). Of the 492 students, 202 were girls and 290 were boys. And according to the resulting data, NONE OF THE GIRLS WERE OBESE, and A FULL 92% fell into the normal weight range. Which is to say ONLY 8% fell into the “overweight” range and carried any excess body weight at all!! The... read more

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I have a confession to make. One of the most interesting effects of starting an Operation Pull Your Own Weight childhood obesity prevention project at an early age (K, 1, 2) is the fact that there is very little in the way of physical benefit for naturally athletic kids who are already genetically (or socially, psychologically, economically, etc.) predisposed to being strong, light, and well... read more

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Creating new antibodies (white blood cells) through the process of vaccination is how kids are systematically immunized against polio, diphtheria, small pox, and measles. Creating new FUNCTIONAL ANTIBODIES through the process of functional childhood obesity prevention is how 21st century kids can systematically immunize themselves against today’s # 1 health threat, childhood obesity. Check... read more

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Out of a 17 year teaching career, the four years I spent as the coordinator of a fitness based self esteem program called Operation Pull Your Own Weight at Jefferson Elementary School in Davenport, IA were by far and away the most memorable and significant to me. In the wake of those four years the program died because the state grant which underwrote it ran out of funds. Ever since I've... read more

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Like many of my friends and fellow classmates, I experienced 13 years of education (including kindergarten) before graduating from Burlington High School in Burlington, IA back in 1965. That is to say, after 18 years of living, I’d spent over 66% of my life in the process of being educated – learning my ABC’s, learning to read, learning my multiplication tables, and most importantly learning... read more

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1. Why do you attend school? A. To meet other kids, to have fun, and to socialize. B. Because my mom and dad say I have to go. C. To get stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. D. To improve my smart phone thumb technique. 2. What’s your job when attending school? A. To get stronger every day, every week, every month, all year long. B. To avoid becoming... read more

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Show me a kid who can run like a deer, jump like a rabbit, climb like a monkey, and move quickly from side to side (and absolutely loves the opportunity to do so) and I’ll show you an ATHLETE. Show me an athlete and I’ll show you a kid whose odds of becoming a good player of football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, hockey, or whatever sport they want to play, are excellent. On the... read more

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I contend that one of the most important lessons any kid can ever learn is what I like to call the “Oh yes I can lesson.” Whether they’re male or female, black, white, yellow, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Asian, European, African, tall, short, rich, poor, or middle class - if kids have the opportunity to develop their natural-born ability to believe in themselves and to relentlessly persist, odds... read more

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$270,000,000,000 annually. Yes, that’s two hundred and seventy BILLION DOLLARS that the Association of Actuaries estimates America spends annually on obesity and related problems – as in every single year. And like obesity itself, that figure is not shrinking. It’s growing! But that’s not all. According to the US Surgeon General statistics confirm that “Obesity America’s number one health... read more

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In the classroom my question is, how would you systematically go about creating a situation in which you’re mathematically guaranteed to have a few really good students at the top, a whole bunch of average students meandering around in the middle, and a handful of losers at the bottom? I suggest that you’d start at a very young age – say kindergarten – and pit all the kids against one another... read more

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Winning can become a habit if you’re willing to start right now, (the younger the better) and redefine winning as “Becoming a little stronger today than you were yesterday, a little stronger this week than you were last week, a little stronger this month than last month, and a lot stronger this year than last year.” While you’re at it, redefine losing as “Failing to become stronger day after... read more

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Garrison Keillor’s legendary boyhood home of Lake Wobegon, MN is the town in which “All the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.” In contrast, Strongville, IA is the town in which all the women are strong, all the men are strong, all the children are strong, and all its citizens strive to grow stronger week after week, month after month, all... read more

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If you’re a movie buff you know that “method acting” is a technique which requires an actor to actually become (as much as humanly possible) the person that he or she is expecting to portray. It’s an attempt to breathe life into a character. It’s an attempt to make the experience feel real, believable, and convincing. It’s an attempt to cause viewers to temporarily forget the fact that they’re... read more

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I have a daughter in her mid 30’s who lives and breathes horses. She makes her living by teaching people and horses to communicate with one another. She’s very good at what she does, so the demand for her services is such that she can charge a pretty good buck in order to serve as a translator between the two. Check it out. Every time I’ve ever watched her teach her students are sitting... read more

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Have you ever heard anyone say, “It’s not so much what you say, but how you say it that counts?” As it turns out this phrase is especially true for kids. In that light there are four words you should consider eliminating from your vocabulary when communicating with kids. They include good, bad, right, and wrong. These four words have been so effectively and successfully bastardized by the... read more