It was a bittersweet weekend for your oldest daughter. She graduated from college but this meant that she had to leave the college campus where she had lived for all but three months of the last four years. Four years where she was a college athlete. Four years where she made friends that really will last a lifetime.
As soon as the graduation ceremony was over your family of four jumped into two fully packed cars and drove nearly three and a half hours to watch the graduate’s boyfriend play in what would be his final college baseball game. A mere three innings after she arrived at the game the team lost its second game in a double elimination tournament, bringing the season to a close. These two now retired athletes have been through a lot together during the last two and half years. They have occasionally been able to watch each other compete at home events. They have driven hours to catch a glimpse of a beam routine and a final at bat. The life of a Division III athlete is intere
In the United States, there is no denying the fact that we are in the midst of an obesity crisis, one that is greatly impacting the lives of children and adults alike. As a matter of fact, the data that has been gathered on the subject more than backs up this claim, showing, after all, that up to 78 million adults in this country alone are obese. The obese adolescent population is also quite high, with up to 12.5 million children considered by medical standards to be obese as well. If we don’t do anything, this problem will only worsen with time, with more than half of all adults in the United States becoming classified as obese by the time that we reach the year of 2030, which is now not so far off in the future at all.
There are a number of reasons that obesity has become the problem that it is today. For one thing, people have greater access to and motivation to eat unhealthy foods than ever before. Since the 1970s, now nearly a full half of a century in the past, the number of