Essay — The joys of fitness

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Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physical inactivity contributes to obesity, one of the most serious chronic health conditions threatening our nation today?

Did you know that President Bush signed Executive Order 13265 on June 6, 2002, to combat America’s surge of softness?

And did you know the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports launched an interactive web site to encourage us to get buff?

We didn’t know either. Here in Carpenter Country we were blissfully certain we were in top form.

Until we went shopping for a dress and the flabby truth was revealed.

In that dark moment the President’s Council gained new members—-and those new members made a vow.


Walking, gardening, taking the stairs, mowing the lawn with a push mower. Maybe even parking on the far side of the lot. Plus ab crunches and calorie counting.

Are we making progress? We’ll let you know. Right now, like a spaceship on the launch pad, we’re at ten (pounds over ideal, that is)…and counting down.




HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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