Keep moving, eat right to stay healthy

Keep moving, eat right to stay healthy

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I lived at 9,628 feet above sea level, in Breckenridge, Summit County, Colorado from 1972 to 1984. During that time I never saw an obese person in Summit County.  Perhaps they just could not survive there, but why that would be, I do not know.  

I have  lived in Redding for over 33 years and have never gotten used to seeing so many obese people, probably never will, because I feel so sad for them.  

They are cheating themselves, and their families, out of years of good living and happiness. I should not be writing this because it will make me very unpopular with them.

About nine to 10 years ago I mentored several grade school boys through the YMCA program but the mother of one withdrew her son from the program because I took him on hikes and bike rides instead of to fast food joints. I tried to impress them with my slogan: “Everything in moderation, even moderation.” 

At 91, I still swim, walk, kayak, dance and fish and do it even when my body seems to not want to do anything  but sit. Sitting  kills, too much fast food and sugary colas kill too, but not if taken in moderation.

I agree that the future health of our children depends on the kind of parenting they are given. My parents made me eat whatever they put on my plate, and it was mostly vegetables with bit of meat. I ate it; or no 21 cents/week allowance. I walked everywhere until I earned enough to buy a new Schwinn Excelsior for 29 bucks that I earned and saved in my coin bank. For fun I swam at all of the swimming pools in town and the beaches where I swam instead of  laying on a blanket chomping munchies. I had never eaten a potato chip until I was 16. My uncle kept urging me to eat more but I ignored him. He passed with a heart attack at 60.

Our young ones have to stay active, eat healthy, exercise or they won’t inherit the Earth.

I’ve already said too much for some and I’m sure I will hear from them, bless their  chubby little souls.

Don Schimpff lives in Redding.

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Keep moving, eat right to stay healthy

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