SHORT TAKES: To good health — for us and our children

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:10 am on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A local brother-sister duo have inspired us to fight even harder for good health.

Jeremy Britt, 23, is the youngest contestant ever to win the title of “The Biggest Loser,” the popular NBC show where real people work to lose real weight. Jeremy lost 199 pounds, while his sister, Conda, 24, lost 115 pounds.

The siblings hail from Rockford — bringing the magic of being on television close to home. But now that the “lights, camera, action!” have faded away, the Britt siblings are facing the reality of working to stay healthy off-camera. They shared their thoughts with us recently:

• “We have to stay focused on our health because that is the end goal — being healthy for the rest of our lives.” — Jeremy

• “If I lose eight pounds in a month, I’m happy, it’s two pounds a week. I know I will get to my goal, but I don’t have to do it in one week.” — Conda

If two of our own West Michigan residents can do it, we can do it too. Whether it’s 20 pounds or 200 pounds, let’s be inspired by hard work and good choices. All we have to do is look at Jeremy and Conda for the undeniable results.

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On a more somber anote, we have been reminded our children still live in a dangerous world.

Belding Area Schools officials sent a letter home with students to warn of a local man who may be trying to coerce young females to meet with him. The man is apparently targeting middle- and high-school females through Facebook and other social media websites.

A man was waiting to make contact with a Belding student after school this week. When school officials made contact with the man, he was told to leave the property immediately.

School and police officials remind parents to to take a moment and review who their children are spending time with online and who they are friends with on social media websites. Remember, a person may not be who they say they are online.

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Here in Greenville, two 17-year-old teens were arrested and two more, ages 15 and 16, were transported to the hospital after officers responded to a report of a 15-year-old who was incoherent and having difficulty breathing.

When police arrived to a Washington Street residence, they discovered four intoxicated youths, two of whom were unconscious from alcohol consumption. Officers have located the person who allegedly supplied the alcohol. The Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating.

We’re thankful the incident didn’t prove to be fatal. Let it be a reminder to all of us to know where our children are at all times and who their friends are.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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