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  1. #1 Bloomberg Says Government ‘Probably’ Shouldn’t Force People to Exercise 
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    Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be one of the world’s biggest proponents of government action to promote public health, but Hizzoner has his limits. In his weekly radio appearance on John Gambling’s radio show, the mayor was asked whether he would consider ordering mandatory gym memberships and he admitted that’s taking things too far.

    “Well, you have to be practical about what legally you can do and what people will do,” said Mr. Bloomberg. “The nice thing about the soda thing is it’s really just a suggestion. So, if you want to buy 32 ounces, you just have to carry it back to your seat in two cups. And maybe that would convince you to only take one, but if you want two you can do it. I think government’s job … is to give you advice, not to force you do things.”

    Mr. Bloomberg did note, however, that the government does force behavior under certain circumstances. Nevertheless, he said forcing physical exercise “probably” crosses the line of acceptability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be one of the world’s biggest proponents of government action to promote public health, but Hizzoner has his limits. In his weekly radio appearance on John Gambling’s radio show, the mayor was asked whether he would consider ordering mandatory gym memberships and he admitted that’s taking things too far.

    “Well, you have to be practical about what legally you can do and what people will do,” said Mr. Bloomberg. “The nice thing about the soda thing is it’s really just a suggestion. So, if you want to buy 32 ounces, you just have to carry it back to your seat in two cups. And maybe that would convince you to only take one, but if you want two you can do it. I think government’s job … is to give you advice, not to force you do things.”

    Mr. Bloomberg did note, however, that the government does force behavior under certain circumstances. Nevertheless, he said forcing physical exercise “probably” crosses the line of acceptability.
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    "Probably crosses the line?" Can you imagine 8-million New Yorkers pulled out of bed each morning for a PT formation? Bloomberg is so far over the line that he can't see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    "Probably crosses the line?" Can you imagine 8-million New Yorkers pulled out of bed each morning for a PT formation? Bloomberg is so far over the line that he can't see it.
    Who gave him the authority to decide where the line is on health anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    "Probably crosses the line?" Can you imagine 8-million New Yorkers pulled out of bed each morning for a PT formation? Bloomberg is so far over the line that he can't see it.
    No, but I can see an opportunity for major and productive change in how we do physical education in schools. Instead of forcing fat kids to do stuff they despise or which has no practical purpose (Like gymnastics) , I'd like to see actual physical fitness being taught and practiced. Get some stationary bicycles and grade students on participation rather than whether they can climb a flipping rope or do uneven bars. Better yet, don't grade PE at all since it has nothing to do with academics.
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