Progress on obesity
To news that some small progress has been made on obesity in the very young.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that the percentage of children between the ages of two and four who are from poor families fell to 14.9 percent in 2010 from 15.2 percent in 2003.
It's a small success to be sure, but it's the first hopeful indicator in the fight against the obesity epidemic in low-income communities.
It's particularly good news because there had been a rapid increase for that age group between 1998 and 2003.
Hispanics were among the groups that experienced modest declines in obesity in those between the ages of two and four. That finally reverses a starting trend in the Latino community where more than 38 percent of Latino children between the ages of 2 and 19 are either overweight or obese.
Light display made holiday memorable
This past Saturday evening, my partner and I, along with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law and their families, walked through the Sibley Park light display.
Although my in-law Christmas is always very nice, the trip through Sibley Park made this Christmas one to remember -- it made for a family event that was so special to us.
Thank you to the Kiwanis leadership for your dedication to bringing the lighting display to fruition. It was amazing and made our holiday season very special.
Shannon J. Fisher
Gymnasts' courtesy appreciated
Kudos to the Mankato East gymnastics parents for teaching their children manners.
Early in December, as we waited to be seated at Applebee's, several girls from the team offered us their seats.
There still are a lot of great kids out there, willing to hold the door, greet others and give up their seats.