Small Change, Big Difference

“What’s another ten pounds?” Usually, you hear this sentence, and you picture someone you know who doesn’t seem to care anymore. It may be the first ten pounds on their descent into obesity, or moving forward on the scale towards more dangerous territory.

And yet, ten pounds can make all the difference. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust For America’s Health, ten pounds, or 5% of your body weight, leads to a decrease in a number of health risks. When this first step is taken, it could mean 367,000 less cases of type 2 diabetes. It could mean 312,000 less cases of heart disease and stroke. It could mean 285,000 less cases of high blood pressure, and 164,000 less cases of arthritis.

“We’re talking about 20 minutes a day,” Jeff Levi, executive director of the trust, stated.

And yet, if we stay where we are, 57% of Pennsylvanians will be obese by 2030.

The problem seems like it’s going too far too fast. Sometimes it is easy to get discouraged, and let the pounds add up until they seem to disappear. But with these numbers in mind, it is just as simple to turn it around.

It’s just a difference of ten pounds. Lose 10 pounds, and you have done so much to change to cultural barometer, the numbers are staggering.

Sometimes ten pounds doesn’t seem like a lot, and that’s because it’s not!

North and South Poles

A great thing about Olney is its diversity.

There are many different kinds of people going to school here, working here, passing through or living here 24/7. The eateries reflect that: you can get soul food from a food cart, cuisine from Asia or from Jamaica. There are almost no limits.

Yet, when I went to the “Shoppes at LaSalle” mall, I noticed an interesting contrast. Fresh Grocer is at one side of the mall, and Dunkin Donuts is at the other.

This immediately brought to my mind the common misconception about healthy living: I either have to shop at a place like “Fresh Grocer” or I have to “run on Dunkin”. But, as there are a numerous places to eat in Olney, so are there numerous shades and degrees of healthy or unhealthy food.

There’s no reason to tie yourself to trendy “health food stores”, or spend all your time at a fast food place. There are plenty of options: you just have to look.