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Thought Bullets
January 2003


Thoughts to Kick Off Your New Year

I was at a conference where the speaker challenged us to envision a scene where we were each at our own 100th birthday party. What would we remember about our lives? What would others say about the contributions we made to the world? The speaker went on to say we canít think in terms of wishing for more time. We all get 24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86,400 seconds each and every day. It is impossible to create more time, and sometimes it seems impossible to "find time." It is possible to "make time" for the top priorities in our lives. To kick off the year 2003, I offer the following thoughts on physical activity, food and eating, and body image. These ideas help me "make the time" to keep daily physical activity, healthy and pleasurable eating, and an appreciation for human size diversity a priority in my life.

* "If you treated your vehicle like you do your body, what would it be? A race car? Or a clunker?"
    -    Alice Henneman, Extension Educator, Nebraska Cooperative Extension

* "Our mistake in America is that weíve made fitness a fad rather than a way of life . . . making people believe they need to go to extremes to achieve good health. . . . The alarming growth rates of preventable diseases point out how out-of-whack our health care system is in America. We invest mostly in developing technology or medicines to keep the sick living longer, rather than preventing them from getting sick in the first place."
    -    Tommy Thompson, Department of Health and Human Services, April 20, 2002

* "Away-from-home foods generally contain more of the nutrients over-consumed and less of the nutrients under-consumed by Americans."
    -    Jane Brody - July 16, 2002

* "As soon as you take that first step, a host of metabolically significant events is sent in motion inside your body . . . . Once you get with a regular walking program, your body becomes a kind of self-improvement machine. . . . [If all the reasons for walking] seem too self-centered, try this one: civic activism. A community that has plenty of people walking around is usually a safe community. . . . Walking can make the world a better place. . . . Look up. See the nearest door leading outside? Thatís your first target."
    -    Suz Redfearn, The Washington Post, October 1, 2002

* "A remarkable change has occurred in manís evolution in just the twinkling of an eyelid. . . . What usually happens with evolution is that itís an imperceptibly slow process and an organism can change to meet small changes in its niche. Weíve changed the environment we live in an incredibly short time - one generation or perhaps two generations at the most, and this has challenged our ancient metabolism, which for thousands of generations has been geared to fighting famine. . . . Reliance on medical intervention to combat obesity would require highly costly lifelong treatments administered to over half of the adult population."
    -    Andrew Printice, British Associationís Science Festival, September 9, 2002

Compiled by Betty Holmes, MS, RD

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