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Toward healthier lives

Posted Friday, July 17, 2009, at 9:51 AM

From an Associated Press story about the increasing number of centenarians:

"AARP is conducting a 10-month pilot project in Albert Lea, Minn., aimed at extending the life span of residents by two years. The group is working with the city to make it easier to get around on foot or bike, develop social networks and provide healthier fast-food options, and is hoping to expand the effort to other cities."

Could this work for Shelbyville? Seems like a good project to get involved with.

I've seen a graphic showing that in 1950 Tennessee's citizens were among the nation's healthiest (surprising, considering the ingredients in traditional Southern cooking) while now we're among the most obese.

We are what we eat (or consume -- let's add cigarettes among those vices).


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This program would do more than add years to our lives.

It would add life to our years.

People of any age,income or level of health could benefit from the mindset behind this effort.

Thinness,longevity,etc. aren't meant to be goals in themselves but results obtainable from maximized good health.

The great thing about this particular effort is that it focuses on the inner person as well as the purely physical.

It plays up the synergy between the mind and the body and between the community and the individual.

AARP could start this but other groups (civic and private) could get on board and make this work.

Making our city more livable would make it more profitable as well.

This shouldn't take a whole lot of money but creating a thriving,attractive,efficient and congenial community of healthier,more connected individuals would be worth any time,energy or funds spent.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 12:54 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.