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The Center for Consumer Freedom has come up with the solution to rising health care costs that result from people having unhealthful lifestyles. Instead of the nanny state telling people what they should eat, the nanny state should be telling people to exercise:
A new Florida law requires children to receive at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. James Sallis, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, calls the law “a step in the right direction.”
Across the pond, Britain will soon test out a program to reward people for exercising with sporting goods and gym memberships. Some Australian medical experts believe it could be their answer, too.
Common sense tells us that these programs will generate more measurable results than any amount of finger wagging over how many calories are in a chicken sandwich. And we believe it’s only a matter of time before enough bad ideas (menu labels, obesity report cards, “fat” taxes, for instance) are tried and discarded in favor of workable solutions.
The above-linked article from the Christian Science Monitor states that in Manchester “residents will begin carrying electronic tracking tags that log how far they run or cycle each day. The tag will even help track how many calories residents burn. Those who hit the running trail every morning will be rewarded with coupons at stores and even days off work.”
So instead of government-mandated nutrition labels that let people make an informed, if not necessarily a wise, decision, the state should compel and monitor its citizens subjects to hit the treadmill. Intentions aside, this doesn’t sound like a doubleplusgood idea to me.