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Letters: Healthy college students

October 21, 2012

Re "Crowded colleges," Letters, Oct. 18

A letter writer calls for eliminating physical education at community colleges in favor of "academics." After teaching PE and health for 38 years, I have to respond. Half of my students were obese or eating their way there. Diabetes, heart issues, lost work time due to illness and self-esteem issues can be headed off by a well taught PE class aimed at lifetime skills.

I one asked my health class students how many of them used algebra or a foreign language in the past year; few did. Then I asked how many knew an alcoholic or drug addict, lost someone close to them or needed to understand proper diet; most of the hands went up. A brilliant student is a healthy student; teach both.

Robin Paulsen

Santa Barbara

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