Friday, June 12, 2009
A Healthier Life Style
We have a cool wet morning here in the Queen City.
Health care reform is the big economic story in the news this week. This nation needs a more healthy population as we are not at the top when compared to other nations, and health care costs are hurting us economically as well. But, in my mind, education is an important piece of the health care puzzle. Without better nutrition and health education people will continue to make poor choices in life style behavior. Personally, I think everyone should have health care, and especially children should have the benefit of a complete health care system. But, with that said, I believe the Federal Government can do a lot more to inform and educate people to make better choices in nutrition, exercise and a wide assortment of life style choices that do not promote a healthier population. Insuring that everyone has access to health care is just a part of the problem, a healthier nation needs to live a healthier life style too. There is, in my opinion, much that can be done to educate children (and adults) about what is good for the human body, as well as what each individual can do to promote and live their own healthier life style.
I believe that there is a contract between government and its people. I believe that government should “cover” the health care option, but I also believe that the people have a responsibility to do what they can to make and maintain themselves as healthy citizens. Let me put it this way, the government provides us with the boat, but we all need to grab an oar and paddle too. Government money alone can not make for a healthier population without a serious effort on the part of government to inform and educate the population about what each of us can do to live a healthier life style.