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Letter: Bike trails: Illness prevention

I am very happy to learn that the bike trails near Glenwood Springs might actually be completed in my lifetime. I don’t cycle much now because I am terrified of the cars whizzing by. But with a bike path like this, I am sure I and others would use it to the benefit of our collectively improved health and fitness.

While I accept that others feel that this amenity is not useful and the money should be spent in other ways, I would like to suggest that if more people would cycle and exercise, their health might not be failing as they age. Being healthier as we age would reduce the cost of health care, possibly even lower nursing home attendance.

Maybe people would not be on oxygen and there would be less diabetes, heart disease, obesity and a whole host of other lifestyle conditions that are reversible with a little more personal accountability. I even wonder if the dollars saved in medical expenses avoided by having a healthier populace might add up to more than what is spent on completing bike trails and other similar health promoting projects. Check out this link for a little corroboration: http://tinyurl.com/odlmhv9.

I’d like to add that if you are considering any lifestyle changes, contacting Ardis Hoffman with Heart Healthy Meals would be a great place to start — ardishoffman@gmail.com.

Carol Turtle

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