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Independence Day

Published July 3, 2014 10:36 AM by Penny Mehaffey

I hope you all have a safe and fun time as our nation celebrates another birthday. I'd like to suggest that we take time to think of freedom as it relates to our health today. We have open access to doctors in our country and readily available medications, equipment and medical supplies. We have volumes of information streaming in from multiple media. We have hospitals, urgent care centers, primary care centers and retail walk-in care centers on almost every corner.

Yet, we don't take care of ourselves. This frustrates me to no end. We have for the most part access to safe places to walk or exercise ... gyms and parks and school playgrounds, church programs and support groups that lag by the wayside. And let's just skip the endless access we have to food.

Are we so rich that we don't see it? Are we so overloaded with information that we are unable to sort through the fodder and pull out what's right for us? What can we do?  I say exercise your independence. You have the right and responsibility to be in charge of your healthcare and your body.

Exercise your rights: exercise and take your medicines every day, check your blood sugar and blood pressure and bombard your physician with those numbers. Dust off that CPAP machine and liberate the treadmill from the pile of clothes that now oppresses it. Put on your tenny shoes (southern speak for sneakers) and take a little walk. Turn off the television and go to bed, you owe it to yourself to get a good night of sleep every night. Encourage your patients to do the same. 

I believe motivation -- or the lack of it -- is the main culprit. And I know it's hard to stay motivated day after day; sometimes it feels almost impossible. But it's worth it.  There's only one you and we have only one shot at this life. Let's do it right!!

Enjoy your Fourth of July and be careful not to get carried away while celebrating.
posted by Penny Mehaffey

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