As Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and prepare for the inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama, we should be filled with hope and remember that real change is possible, if we commit to making it happen.
Dreams can be fulfilled and goals will be realized as long as we commit to achieving them. Learn from the past, throughout history the greatest villains, adversaries and challenges have always been overcome. Of course there are more challenges to conquer and villains to vanquish but we should remain steadfastly optimistic as we face our obstacles. Remember that regardless of the situation or circumstance, this too shall pass.
In America we face numerous challenges including skyrocketing health costs and obesity related illness. These issues go hand in hand, in 2002 a study in Health Affairs, revealed that employers and the privately insured spent over $36.5 Billion, treating obesity related illnesses.
The study also found that on average it costs $1,244 more annually to treat obese people than their healthy weight counterparts. Furthermore, obesity disproportionately affects the poor and minorities.
TSCers know that every frustration is an opportunity for hope and change. Martin Luther King brought forth great change through his courage, determination, and perseverance. All the positive changes in the world are made possible by optimism;
The disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and faithfully expect the best possible outcome.
Optimism is the hope that real and positive change can occur. Optimism is the tiny seedling that grows into a mighty redwood. It's the ability to create a brighter tomorrow by believing that a brighter tomorrow is possible!
TSCers are called to be part of the solution to skyrocketing health care costs and obesity related illness and death. If we all take care to preserve and enhance our personal health and fitness than we can obliterate the American obesity epidemic in our lifetime. Like Gandhi said, "you must be the change you wish to see in the world."
If you want to see a healthy fit America where obesity related illness and skyrocketing health care costs are a thing of the past, where people live long, healthy, empowered lives, if you want to see a brighter tomorrow; then we must transform ourselves, we must be the change we wish to see in America.
Make it a brighter tomorrow!
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