Gearing up to welcome the new decade this weekend? We certainly are, and we’re closing out 2010 in part by looking back at the last 10 years of crazy big government policies proposed by the self-anointed “food police.” We laid out our Top Five dumbest food cop proposals over the holiday weekend for readers of the Orange County Register, following up on our appearance in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

And for those who celebrate Christmas, the Providence Journal published our message to the anti-Santa killjoys who see him as a bad role model. As usual, their angst is misplaced. We write:

A 2007 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that physical activity levels, regardless of weight, determine longevity. Another study found that individuals who forgo regular exercise age prematurely.

So it turns out that perhaps Santa — climbing chimneys and hauling bags of presents — is just such a role model for the “fit and fat” community.

The key is moderation. A gingerbread man will do no harm after swinging your arms in a few games of virtual tennis. We should encourage healthy behavior, but that doesn’t involve converting “Santa” into “Satan.”

Read the whole piece here.