The Home Court Advantage
December 9, 2010
by TANYA MUZUMDAR
Metro Media (Michigan)
These days the backyard is more than just a place to chase fireflies, raise an urban army of veggies, or look pretty like Brad Paisley on a chaise lounge. Swell things, yeah, but now homeowners looking to shed a few and scoot the kids outside are turning to rigors of the backyard kind by converting their grassy plots into hard surface athletic courts and ice rinks.
As Michigan keeps pace with the nation's growing waistline - it ranks 10th in obesity rates and is the only northern state in the top 10, per a 2010 report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - this focus on fitness is a good turn of events.
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