Most of the New Year’s resolutions we make at the beginning of the year are focused on health and body issues.
• Walk 10,000 steps a day on the Fitbit.
• Train to climb El Capitan.
• Drink more water and less alcohol.
• Hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
• Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less sugar.
• Get regular checkups, tests and vaccinations.
Sure, these goals will give you a smokin’ hot body. Nothing bad there. But how do you look at these goals politically? Do you believe you have an obligation to your family or your company to be healthier? Is it important to our community that we seek out local foods and restaurants? Are our vaccinations not only protecting us from disease, but connected to public health as a whole? Should local government be conscious of encouraging people to exercise, play outside in parks, grow vegetables, and keep the air clean with its urban planning rules?
Or is our health just nobody’s dang business but our own?
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