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The other night over dinner, my 5 year old asked “Mom, can we have a rec center like Durango?”. Somewhat startled by the question, I wholeheartedly answered “I hope so”.
LiveWell Colorado reports that adult and childhood obesity rates are rising in Colorado at “… the second fasted rate in the nation.” Additionally, annual spending on conditions and diseases related to obesity within Colorado surpassed $1.5 billion. These statistics shock me because Colorado has always been considered such an active State; we were always on the low end of the obesity epidemic. It’s also safe to note that currently rural Colorado is hit hardest by this statistic. By and large, obesity can be managed through 2 things — diet and exercise with a little hard work.
Last week’s letter to the editor from Gary and Linda Williams did a wonderful job of summing up the value a Rec Center would add to our community for current and future generations of locals and visitors alike. The value for my busy family is a Rec Center allows us to stay active all year long at a very minimal cost. This helps us instill healthy habits for our growing 5 year old for years to come. Building a Rec Center puts our community member’s health first and foremost to beat the rising statistic mentioned above.
While there is debate over who should vote (Town vs. County), I hope that as a community we can all agree that a healthy life is a better life and a place that encourages us to play and move is a good thing … for everyone. Please vote yes with me this April to put our community’s health needs first.