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An Open Letter to America

Dear America,

We have a problem. Our people are getting more sick and bigger, annually. While our life expectancy may be increasing due to advances in medicine, our quality of life is not improving. What’s happening is we’re sicker; longer.

We do not have “healthcare” in the United States. We do not have “health” insurance in this country either. If it was “health” insurance, it would cover annual check-ups, gym memberships, massage therapy, acupuncture, nutritional programs, and stress reduction options.  It’s unlikely your plan covers those things. However, you know what it does cover? Insulin for diabetes, ports for chemotherapy and dialysis, medication for your high blood pressure, surgery for kidney replacement after years of alcohol abuse, and surgeries to reduce the weight of the morbidly obese.

What we have is a “Sick Care” system.

Many Americans only pay for things that their insurance will cover. What is wrong with us? How did this happen? Where’d we go wrong?

You have a choice to make right now. It’s life or death and it can’t be put off much longer.

Life is made up of choices. Where you are right now, at this moment is a direct result of the sum of your choices in the past. Doing nothing is also a choice. You can make up a narrative to help yourself feel better, but that is the truth.

Stop lying to yourself.

Stop with the “I can’t.”

Whatever pity party that you want to throw for yourself has been cancelled.

We’ve spent the last decade helping people move better and feel better. The smiles on people’s faces when they tell us how great they now feel is priceless. The excitement we feel when they show us a picture from “50 pounds ago” is contagious. The tears in their eyes, when they tell us how, for the first time they were able to run around with their (grand)child/niece/nephew is the reason we do this.

It’s the reason we tell you things that your friends won’t, because they don’t want to hurt your feelings. We don’t either, but it’s our duty to tell you the truth.

It’s the reason we call and text you when you haven’t been to the gym in a week or two. Because you paying and not showing up is of little benefit to us, and no benefit to you.

It’s the reason we ask you what you eat and how’d you sleep. Because it all matters.

Are you finally ready to change?

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Original post by Brian Strump, Live Active Charlotte, July 20 2020

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