Editorial: Here’s to a healthy summer

Now that summer’s here — all those Ironfolk running around today prove it — it’s time for that dreaded full-length, unadulterated look in the mirror.

Is the body looking back at you simply too frightening, something better unleashed at the end of October than the beginning of hot weather? Then put your swimsuit on and behold: What do you see? More importantly, how do you feel?

If you’re like us — and we’ll confess that our flab isn’t particularly flattering — here are three tips that could help you and your family look better and feel better.

1. In the July issue of North Idaho Business Journal, don’t miss the story by Andrea Kalas-Nagel on a fantastic new program that’s working wonders at Kootenai Health. Not only are employees looking and feeling better, but if early indications hold, they’ll be more productive and more happy in their work. Kootenai Health is investing in its employees for their sake and for the hospital’s, and they’re eager to share recipes for success with other businesses. North Idaho Business Journal will be inserted in your Press on Tuesday.

2. Later this summer or early this fall, you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot about a program that partners Panhandle Health District and the Idaho Community Foundation to combat childhood obesity. Part of the program will include recipes for healthier snacks and meals, as well as activities for families that will address the growing problem of expanding waistlines for the young and not-so-young alike.

3. And in the meantime, it’s summer. Get out and play! Do you remember, once upon a time, when families flocked to parks and waterways as often as possible when the weather was nice? When kids didn’t even think about turning on an electronic device while the sun was shining because Mother Nature was so much more inviting and entertaining? Can you remember when you were young how eager you were to play outside, to ride your bike, to run, to play sports, to absorb all the warmth and expend all the energy you possibly could?

We live in an outdoor paradise. Just ask any visitor, including those thousands of people running, swimming and bicycling in our community today. They’ll tell you, there is no better place to get fit. And we’ll tell you, there is no better time than now.

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