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Richard Simmons Might Run For Office to Fight Child Obesity

Richard Simmons Might Run For Office to Fight Child Obesity

When you think lobbyist, workout guru Richard Simmons comes to mind, right? Well yesterday Simmons testified before Congress, lobbying for more physical education in the nation's schools. He also found time for some dancing in the streets.

Ditching his patriotic workout outfit for a suit, Simmons told the House Education Committee:

Our children today will not live as long as their parents. What have we done? What have we done to the kids of the United States of America! This is wrong! And I will dedicate the rest of my life! And chairperson George Miller - I just may run for office to help this really get through and not have one kid feel lousy about himself because he can't throw a ball!"

Simmons says that as a fat kid who never took PE, he wants to do what he can to help every child, every day, engage in physical activity. PE may need the help — public school budget cuts often mean PE gets cut, and sixteen-percent of American children are overweight or obese.

While PE funding should be a priority, perhaps schools in a pinch could make healthier lunch menu choices, while leaving the exercise to the parents.


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yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i will work the phone bank for a richard simmons run for the state assembly or congress. what state does he live in, anyway? i'm guessing its here in california, or maybe florida. that tan gives it away.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Haha! Now I'm picturing his hair Hot Pink! LOL!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
YY I agree with you about RS. He's kinda nutty, but he really has done SO MUCH good for people fitness wise, and in self-esteem. He strikes me as a good person all around.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
hypno, dont you think they would just stick there? in permanent stasis? like cotton candy?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I love Richard Simmons. I just want to run my fingers through his hair, LOL! If I could run for office I would but the press would have a field day with my past.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I have a hard time comparing Jesse and Richard. I wolud also point out that Jesse was elected in MN. They are pretty weird over there...
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
hey if jesse ventura could do it then richard simmons can too.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
IMO, being passionate about fitness only doesn't make a person fit for office.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i think this is awesome. i'd vote for him in a second. richard simmons may be a funny character who is easy to make fun of, but he's devoted his life to helping people. yes he's made money along the way, but he basically started the whole fitness/healthy living movement for the mainstream in the 70s. he's an example of someone who had a huge problem to overcome (he was really fat) and did something about it and then decided to use his experience to help other people. to me that makes him qualified to run for office on this platform. childhood obesity is a real problem and if nothing else he's going to give more media attention to it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
My PE coach in High School was a lesbian, who i could manipulate very well, NEVER EVER dressed out, got an A for four years in a row. Thanks Coach S!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
When I was in middle school, our PE teacher was also the wrestling coach. Whenever I needed to lose a few extra pounds to make weight, we did something very active. I always enjoyed PE, but then again, I would be considered a jock... (or was it geek?)
bleached bleached 9 years
"Childhood obesity needs to be fought on the homefront not in the schools. I got more exercise from my mom kicking me out of the house, than from standing around a gym playing dodgeball" I agree... If it was nice outside, I was not allowed in front of the TV... I sound like an old lady when I say that... :( And it's tough in PE when you have so many different levels of skill. In Canada, they've resorted to giving tax credits to parents who enroll their children in athletic activities.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
PE was a joke in School, and i went to both private and public. CHildhood obesity needs to be fought on the homefront not in the schools. I got more exercise from my mom kicking me out of the house, than from standing around a gym playing dodgeball and taking the presidential fitness test. I am afraid of richard simmons. seriously. Those huge slouch socks have been gone since the 90s' but he still has fresh pairs?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
but it does sound like a zz top video.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
yeah dave, and remember she was like 10! :P
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Long Red Hair? Ankle sox with lace? :drool: JK
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
:rotfl: Kris! Oh that sounds awful! I wonder where she is now? I hated PE! I do think they need to revamp the exercise system in the schools. I wouldn't want to stay no PE, but make it better. It definately needs to be more fun! :jumpin: At my daughters school they seem to have fun but it's a small school. :shrug: Definately better food choices need to be encouraged. I remember all the soda and junk food machines my school had. I think all the schools have taken those out now. Yes?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
oh, you would have wanted to punch her too Bleached! she was such a priss. perfect little petite princess, with long, red hair that her mother brushed a hundred times every night and curled at the ends. and she walked everywhere like she was about to twirl. she had a hand on her hip and almost walked on her tip toes, and smiled smiled smiled! but personality wise she wasn't all that sweet. oh and she wore keds with ankle socks that had lace. I only wore those to church, but she wore them every day!!! and they never got dirty.
bleached bleached 9 years
"I still kind of want to punch her! I must have some latent, unresolved anger." :rotfl: remind me not to get on your bad side
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
we did all kinds of random crap in PE, and sometimes they incorporated the music teacher. we were in texas, so of course we were taught how to country dance. then we did ribbon dance, and something called "tinickling," which i don't know how to spell. You get two pvc pipes and two people on each end who click them together rhythmically, while someone else dances and hops back and forth in between them. it was really silly! also I remember this Miss priss named Holly brought all her twiriling batons, and her perfect long curled red hair and little sparkly bathing suit outfit and taught us all how to twirl. Holly had 21 twirling trophies, which she made sure we didn't forget. I wanted to punch her. In fact... I still kind of want to punch her! I must have some latent, unresolved anger. :)
gigill gigill 9 years
I remember spending a lot of time sitting around in PE class learning about rules etc. that took ages! I definitely wasn't running around all the time, so I don't think more PE is the ideal solution. I taught school in China for 4 months and they set aside 15 minutes everyday for the kids to go outside and do some basic exercises (jumping jacks, stretches, leg and arm lifts). They were boring, but at least they weren't sitting around in the classroom all day. That might be another altnerative.
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
Wait, wait, Richard Simmons wore a suit? As in a non-sparkly outfit that covered his arms and legs? Where is the picture of that?! As for PE: It depends so much on your teacher. In a lot of schools PE teachers are coaches who need something extra to do, and they don't really know how to teach. So it becomes an hour of sports, which is horrid for the kids who aren't good at the sport or don't know how to play it. I think you have to decide: Is PE an academic class or a time for exercise? If it's the former, then you have to really focus on teaching the basics of health and sports science, or the rules of certain sports or whatever. If it's the latter, then just let kids pick what they want to do and let them play.
bleached bleached 9 years
I went to a super small private school that didn't even have a regulation gymnasium (barely even half the size)... I will say that in my last 2 years, the school arranged for us to have our gym classes at the nearby university (we were the Phys Ed students' guinea pigs) which was really amazing. I teach judo on weekends too and I make the kids run a few laps (around the dojo - not a track) and some of them can barely finish two. And if I try to push them, their parents yell at me because "I'm too hard on them".... ARGH!
em113 em113 9 years
agreed Lissy. If I wasn't into what we were doing I barely moved. But even if I did like the sport, I wasn't inclined to go all out, get incredibly sweaty and then go straight to math class. I found it gross then and I would find it gross now.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
the problem is PE is a joke. Most of the time we were just standing around waiting. Then there's crap like tag football and softball that I hated with such a passion. If you're not having fun, you're not going to get anything out of it. There should be more options like walking or dance. And kids should be encouraged to do more physical activity outside of school like sports, swimming or dance classes. Gym class is awful because kids ALWAYS pick on eachother. 'Course I took dance when I was a kid and I was still fat. Parents have to really get more involved and limit what their kids eat and make sure they go out and do stuff with them.
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