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Mandated exercise

| Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 8:58 p.m.

Mandated exercise

A city councilman in the Untied Kingdom wants to combat the obesity pandemic via an exercise mandate. Like something out of an Orwellian thriller, the exercise mandate is a gross governmental power grab. The bill incentivizes exercising but ultimately would penalize citizens who go against the prescribed exercise plan.

I want this letter to serve as warning: This will be introduced in the United States before Michelle Obama leaves the White House.

Lawmakers will tell you it's for your own good. They'll say it will save on health care costs in the long run. Whatever the sales pitch, do not buy it. It is nothing more than an expansion of government authority.

We already have the Presidential Youth Fitness Program and the first lady's Healthy Food Initiative. And in the name of nutrition, we have cities regulating salt and soda.

The time is now for us to open our eyes and see the government for what it is becoming — Big Brother.

Evan J. Tobin

Allegheny Township

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