ban tobogganing – it’s too DANGEROUS

My home town Calgary is not quite as stupid as, for example, Hamilton. :-)

But we’re pretty stupid. Socialist nations like Canada have governments with enough spare time to invent city bylaws like: “those who slide outside the city’s 18 approved hills could face a $100 fine”.

Calgary’s media has made much ado about the city’s tobogganing rules in recent weeks — to the point where Mayor Naheed Nenshi blamed “bored journalists” trying to stir up controversy.

Now Rick Mercer has taken it upon himself to poke a bit of fun at (the) bylaw ..

(For the record, the city does not recall ever giving out a tobogganing fine. Ever.)

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Click PLAY or watch comedian Rick Mercer on YouTube.

Certainly no Calgarian I know pays any attention to tobogganing restrictions. We slide wherever we want. But with one eye out in case a Toboggan Cop shows up. :-)

related – Tobogganing Bans Or Restrictions Growing Across North America

Over protective restrictions on youth activity contribute to child obesity. We want kids tobogganing more, not less.

be a HAPPIER GYMNAST in 2015

1. Stop comparing yourself to others

5. Say thank you more often …

6. List three good things that happened at each and every workout.

9. Let go of limiting beliefs.

12 WAYS TO BE A HAPPIER GYMNAST IN 2015

Click through for the rest. This is part of a HAPPIER series by Anne Josephson.

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Sugar = The White Death

Fed Up is a 2014 American documentary film directed, written and produced by Stephanie Soechtig. The film focuses on the causes of obesity in the US, presenting evidence showing that the large quantities of sugar in processed foods are an overlooked root of the problem, and points to the monied lobbying power of “Big Sugar” in blocking attempts to enact effective policies to address the issue.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

be a HAPPIER Gym parent in 2015

ANNE JOSEPHSON:

1. Enjoy watching your child’s joy in doing gymnastics, not in your child’s achievement within gymnastics.

5. Stop nagging.

7. Spend money on experiences not things.

8. Write a note or email of gratitude to your child’s coaches, the front desk worker or gym owner.

11. Ignore others’ expectations.

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Jag Gym – 12 WAYS TO BE A HAPPIER GYM PARENT IN 2015

related – be a HAPPIER coach in 2015

be a HAPPIER coach in 2015

Many coaches, clubs and organizations are reviewing 2014. Confirming objectives for 2015.

ANNE JOSEPHSON posted some good reminders:

1. Remember that you are working in a very important and responsible job: you are influencing the next generation.

3. Commit to doing something for your professional development.

6. Mentor a less experienced coach.

9. Assume good faith with your athletes’ parents.

10. Stop blaming the judges. In fact, stop blaming anyone and everyone.

12 WAYS TO BE A HAPPIER COACH IN 2015 (BACKED BY SCIENCE)

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inspiring Chelsea Werner

Werner, 22, has transformed from being unable to execute simple muscle maneuvers to a four-time national championship at the Special Olympics (she also has an international championship under her belt). The Californian’s inspiring journey is the latest installment TODAY’s “I Am Unbroken” series …

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POWER TO DESTROY

I glanced at this post by Gym Jag …

They have the ability to damage, devastate and even destroy. They can stay forever taunting and torturing. They possess the power to obscure light and obliterate hopes. They can annihilate those they touch.

They have the ability to guide, grow and give affirmation. They can stay forever enriching and encouraging. They posses the power to ignite passions and instill greatness. They can change the world.

They begin wars. They bring peace. …

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Of course I assumed we were talking about GYM MOMS. :-)

Nope. I was wrong.

Click through to the full post to see the real answer.