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October 8, 2013

THEIR VIEW: Why is health often ignored?

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But prescription medications come with a variety of side effects. They also come at a financial cost and don’t necessarily provide the range of health benefits produced by regular exercise. A particular drug may be helping your high blood pressure, while it does nothing for the plaque growing in your coronary arteries.

The message here is that simple advocacy for a sound diet and prudent exercise isn’t enough. A wise society and its institutions will work to convey the message to individuals that it is in their long-term benefit to pursue proper fitness decisions as part of a healthy lifestyle choice.

Yes, the drugs will be there. But when feasible, the better option is to see that they aren’t needed.

— The New Castle (Pa.) News

THE ISSUE Proper diet and exercise THEIR VIEW There's long-term benefit to proper fitness decisions as part of a healthy lifestyle choice.

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