I would love to see the day all American Citizens have health insurance coverage, but we need to reduce costs to get there by working together.
President Trump is actively taking steps to systematically reduce costs, starting with Big Pharma.
Last month, our president signed an Executive Order to lower drug costs and put America first.
Earlier in the year, our president signed an Executive Order to increase American production of essential medical supplies and cut down our reliance on foreign medic producers.
I think we as a community also need to take shared responsibility in reducing costs.
One interesting avenue would be to treat health insurance like car insurance. Drivers with clean driving records are rewarded with a lower car insurance premium.
What if the same approach was taken for health insurance? What if we rewarded good behavior that reduces health care costs.
Exercise at least five days a week for 30 minutes, the recommended amount by the CDC.
What if each American Citizen was granted a gym membership stipend? Silver Sneakers is covered by select medicare programs for senior citizens, why not extend a gym membership to everyone?
Maintain weight within a healthy range. At 5'10" my healthy weight range is from 135lbs to 165lbs. That is a 30lb spread!
It is estimated that the annual health care costs of obesity-related illnesses are a staggering $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. Childhood obesity alone is responsible for $14 billion in direct medical costs.
Obesity is not about physical appearances. It is about heath.
What if g-d forbid someone ends up in my shoes with BRCA gene and their health prevents them from taking preventative steps to ward off cancer because the surgery is deemed too high risk? Obesity may not impact a young woman now, what about while pregnant and her elevated risk of gastational diabetes?
In 2019, 1 in 6 births was affected by gestational diabetes.
Nearly 1 in 3 kids or teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese, nearly three times the number in 1963, representing nearly 20% of the under 18 population.
I grew up overweight as I grew up in a household where exercise and diet were not a priority. I know how hard it is to get healthy. I also learned the hard way that losing weight and being healthy is not a quick fix diet; it is a lifestyle. I enjoy being healthy enough to try nearly any activity I wish to, from ziplining to 50-mile bike rides to whitewater rafting. If my boys want to hike the sand dunes in Michigan, I am healthy enough to do it.
I have pre-existing conditions like hypothyroidism, and I overcome them through diet and exercise while maintaining proper hormone levels.
Even in the most challenging situations that have tested me in 2020, I continue to weigh in at 142lbs at 5'10" at age 42 after undergoing surgical menopause. I could have easily curled up in the ball with the situations I have faced in 2020 Ladies how would you feel if your hair was chopped off while seeing? Instead, I turned even more to exercise and a clean diet to push through the challenges thrown my way. I prioritize at least one of the 24 hours I have in a day to my health.
I am very proud that I have:
Run 1,000+ miles YTD
Cycled 13,00+ miles YTD
Swam 38+ miles YTD
I don’t subscribe to excuses. Being healthy takes a lot of hard work and discipline. It took me nearly two years to drop 30lbs! In the process, I slashed my cholesterol by 40% without a single pill. And if I can do it despite the hurdles I had to overcome, others can too.