It seems to me that if the government wanted to help health reform, they could step up the rails to trails program. Martin and I spent the morning biking on the trails in Rochester, Minnesota and there are trails EVERYWHERE!!!! They are well done, safe and fun. Indiana seems to have so few bike trails and I believe is around fifth in the nation in obesity. Hmmmm.......how about making walking and biking more accessible? There were people of all sizes and ages on those trails. They all looked pretty happy to me.
I love contemplating the people I see on these trails. My favorite people this morning were busy doing what they loved. The young lady who was stopped on the trail to take pictures of the birds. She looked very happy. I saw some orioles and they made me happy so sure, I see why she stopped.
There was the older couple, holding hands and walking down the trail together. I wanted to get a picture as those are my favorite pictures, but hadn't mastered biking and picture taking yet. They weren't talking much but were just enjoying each others company. Nice.
There was our biking pal who we crossed paths with several times. He admired my bike lights. Lol! Martin and I passed him once and he magically passed us in return a little later. Probably was hard on his ego.
I especially liked the dad walking with his little fivish year old boy and clearly having good father/son time. Sweet.
So anyway, good quality bike and walk ways seem to me to be a better solution than socking more government money into drugs and theories of why we Americans are so fat. Give us something to do if you have to do something Mr. Government! I would much rather see my tax dollars go into using the old rails to make trails and family fun. It probably would have a bigger effect on the obesity problem too.