The Open Fo­rum Help­ing Colorado kids get ac­tive

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Kaitlin Ehrlich, Brent Bickel,

As we wel­come a new leg­isla­tive ses­sion, I sin­cerely hope that Gov. Jared Po­lis and Colorado law­mak­ers pur­sue poli­cies to ad­dress the prob­lem of child­hood obe­sity, which af­fects one in four chil­dren in our state.

It is an is­sue I en­counter daily at my prac­tice as a physi­cian as­sis­tant at Ev­ery Child Pe­di­atrics, a non­profit pe­di­atric prac­tice, which cares for 22,000 Colorado chil­dren. De­spite our team-based ap­proach to weight man­age­ment, fam­i­lies de­s­pair at con­tin­ued gain. Many of the life­style rec­om­men­da­tions we make in these vis­its can be car­ried out in schools and neigh­bor­hoods.

It is widely rec­om­mended that chil­dren en­gage in 60 min­utes of mod­er­ate ex­er­cise daily to main­tain healthy weight. Cur­rently, Colorado only man­dates that stu­dents have an op­por­tu­nity for an av­er­age of 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the school day.

Do­ing more to re­duce child­hood obe­sity will help chil­dren of all so­cioe­co­nomic back­grounds be healthy and reach their full po­ten­tial — a smart in­vest­ment for Colorado. tripling, what we pay for gov­ern­ment?

Shouldn’t a mas­sive in­crease in the size of our gov­ern­ment re­quire a vote?

Be skep­ti­cal, and think about what de­stroy­ing TABOR will cost you, your fam­ily and your fu­ture abil­ity to live here.

Gov­ern­ment al­ways wants more money and power. With­out TABOR, we will lose per­haps our great­est tool to keep gov­ern­ment in check. TABOR is a very good thing and mess­ing with it is a very bad idea.

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