Dr. Oz weighs in on Recess

Dr. Oz swings through Detroit with opinions on fitness, health policy and Oprah.

A version of this story appears on page 14A of the Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, print edition of the Detroit Free Press.

Dr. Oz the new TV personality with his own show launched from Oprah appearances weighed in on the topic of Obesity in children: "The most important thing we can do is make it easier for kids to exercise," says Oz. He's in favor of fitness-promoting games at recess. "Right now, recess is 40 minutes, but 20 minutes of sitting around." He also advises keeping high-fat, low-nutrition food out of your kitchen. "Make the difficult decisions at the supermarket. Don't make them at home. Once the food is in the home, you've got to let the kids have it, because otherwise, you create a fictitious battle between you and them."