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Has the Ability to Improve America’s Health Industry, but
Will It Take the Necessary Steps to See It
One night a
few weeks ago while watching the evening news after dinner, I saw
another segment pertaining to the rapidly escalating "poor health"
condition of MANY Americans. As I sat there reminiscing about what I
had watched, a disgust struck me that I had felt numerous occasions
in the past few months. Lately it seems impossible to watch the news
without hearing negative information about rising health problems.
In today's world,
fast food, hyped diet pills, exercise gimmicks, and countless other
reasons are considered to be the reasons for the rise in poor
health. In a sense, this assumption is correct. However, to correct
a problem, go to the source! Our very own government is the source
that I am implying above. "How is this?" you ask.
Our government is
set up on a legislative system that allows it to "monitor/control"
basically everything that affects the lives of American citizens.
This very system has placed the U.S. as the sole leader among other
countries in the international community. In saying that, with all
of its many accomplishments, our government continues to fail in
regard to accomplishing the critical task of improving America's
At times I can be
faithful to studies/polls and, at other times, I find them to be
useless/misleading to its audience. Consider this, if 99% of the
studies/polls in the past decade provided results indicating that
"poor health" was/is on the rise, wouldn't you draw the conclusion
that the results were credible? If the results concluded that there
is a steady "incline trend" in regard to "poor health", would it not
also be easy to assume that the correct steps are not being taken to
battle this problem? Simply stating, facts speak only the truth,
that's of course why they are called "facts".
There are many
steps that our government needs to take not only to improve, but to
win over the battle of "poor health"! As with anything, everything
begins with a starting point. Listed below are steps the government
should act on promptly to better America.
The government should either
force American pharmaceutical companies to lower their cost or to
allow the import of pharmaceuticals from other countries.
It should make it mandatory for
healthcare providers to cover the cost of ALL surgical procedures
that have been given government approval to combat severe obesity
when a Medical Doctor concludes that all other options are useless
and/or the patient's current condition is life threatening.
Healthcare providers should
cover the cost of personal training services if the trainer is
certified by a reputable body and has liability insurance.
Tax deductions should be given
for health/fitness fees that may prevent some from affording a
healthy life. This would include but not limit: gym fees, personal
training fees, exercise equipment, resources (books/videos), etc...
The current minimum deduction clause ($2500) would be "lifted" from
this particular deduction.
The government should fund a
program that reaches 100% of all public schools that educate/inform
students on the importance of healthy eating. I would like to call
this program, "No Nutrient Left Behind"! The area of emphasis would
be what proper nutrition is and why proper nutrition is SO
IMPORTANT! This approach could easily be applied to individual
programs at the middle school/high school levels.
The government MUST finally do
away with the 2,000 calorie per day basis for nutritional facts on
food. This has become one of the health industry's biggest mistakes
to date. So many citizens today have no idea how many calories that
they consume, or even need to consume. If a label provides the
information that the product contains 50% of the DRA of protein,
this would not prove to be true if the particular subject was on a
3,500 calorie/day diet. There are too many individuals who believe
they probably consume around 2,000 calories/day since that is the
Now, after reading
the recommended policy changes above, do you feel that our
government can help? In your own mind could you envision a healthier
America within a few years? With the recommended policy changes
above, I feel that the current trend in regard to rising "poor
health" would not just be halted, but would actually be reversed to
establish the first decline in decades. About the only thing that
would be on the incline is longevity!
are solely my own personal beliefs, and do not speak for/represent
anyone but myself.
-- Author: Chad Barnhart, AFTA Fitness