How to make schools a fast-food-free zone

Fast-food outlets near schools could put your kids on the fast track to obesity — and poorer school performance. And that’s particularly true for kids who live in urban areas with fast-food restaurants that are closer than grocery stores with fresh produce. It also disproportionately affects kids without resources who, understandably, opt for incredibly unhealthy but filling $1 meals.

Despite tough-to-overcome obstacles to making healthier food choices, you gotta help your kids before they find themselves on the slippery slope to becoming unhealthy adults.

So here’s our plan to help kids become healthy, happy adults.

Parents: Learning how to make smart food choices starts at home. Get your kids into healthy food by involving them in shopping and cooking. Provide healthy, tasty school lunches, and urge them to choose well in the cafeteria or when eating out.

Kids: Be a leader, not a follower. If all of your friends hang out at the local fast-food restaurant and you want to hang with them, opt for no-sugar-added yogurt and fruit, salad-based wraps or grilled chicken and sugar-free drinks.

School administrators: Introduce nutrition education into every classroom — kids want to feel good, look good, do good. Help them understand that a $1 meal is a down payment on a long line of painful disabilities that’ll cost them, big time, in the future.

IS PAIN RELIEVER CAUSING ED?

In 1979, when the glam-rock band Slade sang “Not Tonight Josephine,” it was perpetrating a myth that a headache is a good reason to put off having fun with your honey. Well it’s not. That is, if your ability to play isn’t dampened by over-the-counter pain relievers you’re taking.

A recent study of 80,000 middle-age men reports that more than 35 percent of those who regularly took NSAIDs had erectile dysfunction. But only 24 percent of those not taking the meds had ED. That surprised researchers who expected easing inflammation with an NSAID would relieve pain and reduce troubles with ED since inflammation in the arteries can cause erection problems. So we got to thinking: What can you do to ease aches and pains, reduce inflammation and dodge ED?

1. Stop eating red meat and any foods with added sugars or sugar syrups; they clog your arteries, and that can lead to ED.

2. Eat only 100 percent whole grains, fish that’s loaded with inflammation-quelling omega-3 fatty acids and maybe take 900 IU supplement of DHA omega-3 a day.

3. Get at least 30 minutes of added physical activity a day.

4. De-stress with 10 minutes of meditation daily.FeaturesHealth & Fitness

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