Losing Jack LaLanne – Closing a Door on Fitness?

The Late Jack LaLanne - fitness guru
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Jack La Lanne passed this week at age 96.  I grew up watching him on TV while my mother ironed my father’s shirts.  Yes she ironed and starched my father’s shirts for work.  While she was ironing, I was watching Jack and doing jumping jacks and twists with him.

Of course our elementary school had physical education and we did these skills there too.  We all used to go outside and play games on each other’s front yards and chase each other until dinner time.

None of us had problems with weight as children, I look at our elementary school pictures on Facebook and I see how fit we all were.  Jack taught us from television, and we learned in school to have recess and to play outside.

We need to teach our children how to stay fit now.  Our children are suffering from an obesity epidemic and most of it is because they are not having recess at school, or physical education or running in each other’s front yards when they get home.

Growing up now is difficult, but taking children to safe places to exercise is still important.  YMCA and the YWCA are wonderful organizations with sliding scale programs to help families keep their children fit and safe.

Going to the park and letting children run and play is still very important.  Teaching our children what we grew up with Jack La Lanne is essential to our future.  We must curb our culture’s obsession with food and regain the joy of play.


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