Reader’s view: Duluth embraces the need for healthy livingThe health night and rally at Symphony Hall in Duluth on May 30 was one of the great nights in my life — and a pretty good night in the lives of the 1,200 (!) people who assembled.
The health night and rally at Symphony Hall in Duluth on May 30 was one of the great nights in my life — and a pretty good night in the lives of the 1,200 (!) people who assembled.
I do an awful lot of speaking on the broad topics of the revolution in aging and the revolution in behavior all over the country. The crowd in Duluth was the biggest, warmest, most responsive I have seen in years of doing this stuff. I am nuts about Duluth and deeply grateful to the nifty people who came and to Patrick Francisco and all the other sponsors who worked together to make this happen.
I am obsessed with the epidemic of obesity and idleness that is cutting such an appalling swath through this country: health costs that no healthy system can sustain and a rotten quality of life, especially in later life but also among the young. The forces behind the epidemic are powerful and dark. They include big food, big agriculture, a fire hose of advertising, a government stunned into passivity by lobbyists and a tide of money. There is a desperate need to rally powerful counter-forces; individuals cannot do it all alone.
It occurs to me — after my experience in Duluth — that getting whole cities into the fight may be important. Duluth moved strongly in that direction with powerful and much-needed help. I hope it goes on and that I can be of use.