In many households, children’s health is practically on life support. The heart rate slows a little more with each passing day as fruit punch and French fries comprise kids’ daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. For some optimists, a bill that recently passed the Senate jolted this nutrition flat-liner to a healthy pace. To me, though, it’s just putting a small Band-Aid on a major problem.
Fill in the blank: Tens of thousands of kids can benefit from ____________. Did you say vitamins? Exercise? Nutritious meals, perhaps? Well, if you were on the panel of doctors who published a piece in Pediatrics last month, your answer would have been “drugs.” Surprised? Sadly, I’m not.
According to a recent study, people who have lost their jobs in this tough economy are often depressed. That’s a no-brainer, but here’s something that isn’t: individuals that have several friends and family members who are also jobless are less likely to be depressed. Plus, they are often less gung-ho about finding a new job. Why? It’s the social norm; there is no incentive for change.