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<p>This weekend, Sept. 6 and 7, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly public radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, will discuss pros and cons of lowering the legal drinking age, &#8220;physically fit&#8221; cities and ethical health issues in the news.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — Sept. 7

Alcohol researcher and chair of the Indiana University Department of Medicine David Crabb, M.D., will discuss the proposal to change the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 with Butler University President Bobby Fong. Nearly 100 U.S. college presidents have proposed the change, in hopes of teaching more responsible use of alcohol and reducing binge drinking on campus.

San Francisco was rated #1 in a recent survey by the American College of Sports Medicine of the top 16 metro areas in the U.S. The study looked at civic amenities such as green space and fitness trails, as well as personal health habits such as smoking and obesity. Indianapolis ranked 12th. Walter Thompson, head of the ACSM committee that did the survey, explains the findings.

Sound Medicine’s fitness guru, Steve Bogdewic, Ph.D., will speak with Melissa Johnson, executive director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, about the new online presidential fitness test designed for adults.

Eric Meslin Ph.D., director of the IU Center for Bioethics, will assess several recent stories in the news with host Barbara Lewis.

Weekly contributor Jeremy Shere has some ideas for kids’ lunchboxes that are worthy of the Sound Medicine “Checkup.”

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Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health and IU Medical Group. Jeremy Shere’s “Check-Up” is underwritten by IUPUI.