Saturday, September 5, 2009

Follow Me Down This Road

The 2008 Edition of America's Health Rankings shows the ranking of the average health of each state's citizens. Starting at the botton:
  • #50 - Louisiana
  • #49 - Mississippi
  • #48 - South Carolina
  • #47 - Tennessee
  • #46 - Texas
  • #45 - Florida
  • #44 & #43 - Oklahoma and Arkansas, tied
  • #42 - Nevada
  • #41 - Georgia
  • #40 - Alabama
  • #39 - West Virginia
  • #38 - Missouri
  • #37 - Kentucky
  • #36 - North Carolina
On August 17, 2009, Forbes printed an article about which states use the most prescription medication. West Virginia used the most, followed closely by Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Missouri.
A new report in July of this year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation listed Mississippi as the fattest state. Followed by Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
Are you seeing the trend here?
Now look at the latest, greatest map of H1N1 or Swine flu activity.

Do you see the trend? In the South, we love our home-cooking. We love things deep fried, slathered in butter, or with bacon. 'Cuz bacon makes anything better;)
But it is killing us. Not only are we heart conditions and strokes just waiting to happen, we have weakened our immune systems too.
It is time to get our lazy asses up off of the couch and move. It is time to relearn to love all those fresh vegetables that we grow in our gardens. Without having to deep fry them! It is time!!
Yes, Woody - I mean you, too!!

11 comments:

Travel Girl said...

I hear you Woody! Deep in the heart of North Carolina I love my barbecue and hush puppies. Now that the summer heat is subsiding, I'm getting outside - walking or riding. I'm not wasting this beautiful fall weather.

T said...

Here! Here! Woody.

I just got a teeth rattlling from my doc and it hit its mark!


Love the new icon.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Amen Sista!
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Living on the Spit said...

Wow Woody...such an impressive post of imperical data that CAN NOT be ignored...you are so right and I love the graphics that you provided...there is no way any of us can ignore this and I am so happy to be on this journey towards health with you!! Way to go, sister.

"One love" to you now and always.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wow. I wish I had read this an hour ago. Before the bacon and eggs.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

True True True.... NOW--- after reading it, can we DO it????? I can write about all kinds of stuff --but DOING it is something else entirely. I do try though---and am much better now than I used to be.... BUT--there's always room for improvement.

Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Clippy Mat said...

well up here in Canada there's plenty of unhealthy people too. We eat too much and move too little.
Here' to getting healthy (ier).
:-)

VE said...

What are you talking about...I LOVE fresh bacon...

Grandma J said...

Seriously...I have to rethink my eating habits. That will be after I finish my coffee ice cream. For real.

jay said...

Interesting. I've read statistics before that support this view; that places where the consumption of vegetables and fruit are closely related to health, for instance, with the least consumed equalling the highest incidence of disease. We do need to take notice, for sure!

imom said...

Eye opening stats that need to be paid attention too!