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IN OTHER NEWS . . . I CAN FLY! I CAN FLY!

Every parent should make an appointment to talk with their child about drug abuse - or at least to sit down with them and watch a young Helen Hunt, high on angel dust, jump out of a high school window. You'll soon have the chance: ABC's Afterschool Specials are coming to DVD on October 12. And more will be on sale soon. Freelance Dad recalls watching some of these specials when they first aired, and reading their condensed scripts out loud in junior high social studies class in the pages of Scholastic magazines. Years later, we produced classroom-suitable adaptations ourselves when we went to work at Scholastic's Big Red Doghouse.


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE GIVE YOU THE NEXT GREAT ROLE MODEL IN AMERICAN SPORTS

Freddy Adu, 15 and frisky, lets his hair down at U. Maryland. Apparently, as a millionaire pitchman for Pepsi, Freddy's supposed to be out downing Sierra Mist, not draining kegs. We appreciate the irony in Sierra Mist's home page linking to a feature called "What Would Freddy Adu?" Well, since Freddy is one of the world's most brilliant team players, we imagine that what Freddy would do is take his turn at the tap and top you off with a smile.


IN ONE SEGMENT, GODZILLA FLASH-FRIES COOKIE MONSTER AND TAIL-WHIPS OSCAR'S TRASH CAN INTO TOKYO HARBOR

Japanese TV will introduce its own version of "Sesame Street" next week, with four original characters, each of whom is smaller and cheaper to produce than its American counterpart.


IT COULD BE WORSE. NO, WAIT, IT COULDN'T.

The National Education Association and the National Association of State Boards of Education (is it redundant to add, "who should know better"?) are abandoning all extant responsible pediatric nutritional advice and allowing their obesity and nutrition programs to be sponsored by Atkins Nutritionals.

While Atkins won't dictate the content of the materials (or so it's claimed), its name will be attached to every piece that gets put into kids' hands and that priceless free advertising could be a disaster for some kids. FD has interviewed leading pediatric nutritionists across the country for articles on children's health, and they have all agreed: The Atkins diet is not for children, period. Kids need a balanced diet that includes carbs and the vitamins they carry. The Atkins diet could stunt kids' growth and even lead to kidney problems, as a child's body, seeking carbohdrates for fuel, begins to burn protein for glucose instead.

To express your outrage, we'd encourage you to visit atkins.com and register your opinion on the mother ship's daily poll. Today's hard-hitting topic:

How has doing Atkins changed your life?

I feel better about my appearance
I feel better physically
I have more energy
I feel more in control of my life
I feel more productive

We're going to have go with F. I feel a little scared.

September 27, 2004 | Permalink | Subscribe to RSS

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