Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday Stories: Competitive Sports Bans, Aboriginal Deaths, and GMOs

Gawker covers the story of Spelman College - a College that's ditching competitive sports for elite athletes and focusing on fitness for all students.

The Globe and Mail's André Picard delivers an absolutely scathing and shaming must-read piece on Canada's failure to address the unanswered murders of hundreds of aboriginal women.

Dr. David Katz, as he often does, says what I'm thinking, and as pretty much always, he does so about 100 times more eloquently than I ever could have.  This time on the defeated proposition 37 that would have had genetically modified foods labeled as such.

And in case you missed it - here's my weekly column for US News and World Report's Eat + Run blog. This week? The 3 most dangerous words in weight management.

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  1. Anonymous8:28 am

    Spelman college are absolute fools. Team sports offers a fun and enjoyable way to exercise which will help you keep doing these healthy activities. Even fitness involves some competetivity, even if just with yourself; challenging yourself to improve your personal bests. Then on top of the physical health benefits, team sports help develop peoples personalities and soft skills. Conflict of interests: I cycle, run and lift weights all on my own and have no team sports I play.

  2. Anonymous11:32 am

    I respectfully disagree with the commentor above. Spelman is eliminating intercollegiate athletics, not banning team sports. They wiill spend the money saved on facilities and programs for all students. This could mean ultimate frisbee and soccer fields; tennis, badminton, and basketball courts; well-lit tracks and trails; weight rooms that are accessible to all students, not just an elite few; etc. Students will be able to compete themselves, rather than spending limited free time watching others compete.

    I have attended a large number of collegiate sporting events. It seems to me that the events encourage the vast majority of students to sit on their bottoms in the stand eating fast food and sugary soda for several hours, not to do anything athletic themselves.

    No college has unlimited funds. I applaud Spelman for making a decision to spend money on all its students, not just an elite few.

  3. encouraging the students to do sports is definitely good stuff. when i was a student, i enjoyed this kind of event more than listening to boring speeches