Thursday, August 5, 2010

Personal Responsibility and Health

"People have a personal responsibility to take care of themselves and their health. But it isn’t right when things outside our control—like where we’re born or how much money we make—affect our health. In the entire city of Detroit—an area of nearly 150 square miles—there are dozens of “convenience stores” but only five grocery stores. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but you have to be able to buy an apple. And it isn’t easy to get exercise if you have to work three jobs just to get by, or if you can’t easily get affordable day care for your kids. We’re not just talking about the rich versus the poor. On Average, middle class Americans live shorter lives than those who are wealthy, and that’s not right. Money can’t buy happiness, and it shouldn’t buy health. We have to take responsibility for our lives and decisions. But all Americans should have an equal opportunity to make the decisions that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their level of income, education, or ethnicity."

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Hi all -- I'm writing this here because I can't find another way to contact you.

I've launched a project to gather visions of race in the United States in 2042 and hope to recruit you to submit a 1,000-2,000 word essay for it by early September.

The premise is that we’ll have made much progress on racial justice and equity in the United States. (Congratulations!) Q.1: what does it look like? Q.2: if some of the seeds of transformation are in place right now, in 2010, what are two or three of them? Q.3: how do we get from here to there?

Please drop me a line if any LRU/Nuestra Familia folks are interested.

Thanks,

Andrew (grant-thomas.1@osu.edu)