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In North America over the past year there has been serious concern about high levels of obesity, not just among adults, but among relatively young children, too. Medical studies, media reports, and even school meal legislation have heightened awareness of ways in which sedentary lives, often coupled with bad eating habits, can affect a nation's health, quality of life, and even longevity.
At the same time, at least one sector of the population has been making a special effort to get fit by joining gyms, jogging, and dieting. This widespread enthusiasm to get in shape is reflected in a February 27 Gallup Poll showing that 29 percent of people in the United States can now be classified as "highly active" on the so-called physical exercise index. Nineteen percent of those sampled were "moderately active." People spent an average of 1.6 days a week participating in "vigorous exercise" that lasted at least 20 minutes. And, if one included those who engaged only in "moderate sports or recreational activities," the average shot up to 3.3 days a week.
with contributions from NORMA JENNINGS, HENRY RUTLEDGE, ADOLF WALTER KNOPFEL, HARLEY GOODWIN, HELEN MATHIS
Which side are you on?
MAIKE BYRD, CHILDREN'S EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Lawn Griffiths, F. G. Young
THE PRAYER THAT LIFTS POLITICS
BY CHANNING WALKER
OFFICE DYNAMICS what's your take?
BY JOHN MINARD
A POLITICIAN who prays
LUIS PAULO CORREIA DA ROCHA
FREEDOM FROM ANGER— essential to healing
BY MARVIN CARSON
'THE MAJESTY OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE'
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ingrid Peschke with contributions from MARK EVANS
Translating THE BIBLE: its message for your life
LOOK, LISTEN, FIND YOURSELF
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
A NEVER-ENDING SUPPLY OF MOTHER-LOVE
JUDITH HARDY OLSON
BEYOND VICTIMS AND VICTIMIZERS
THE SPEED AND STRENGTH OF GOD'S HEALING POWER
PRAYER HEALS INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE
J. TODD HERZER
PRAYER RULES OUT PAIN