Walked off all that turkey yet?
Nah, we haven't either.
Hey, it's been cold and rainy the last couple of days. Who wants to go outside?
Except that's no excuse in Bellevue, where the Bellevue Community Center is hosting a variety of indoor activities through the winter to keep people moving when the weather outside is frightful.
Activities range from youth basketball to a special, reduced-rate membership that gives access to the indoor walking track. Anything to keep the body moving.
Closer to home, the free stop-smoking class at Firelands Regional Medical Center is another welcome weapon in the battle to make us healthier in the long run -- and kudos to the hospital's board for keeping the funding going when state grant money dried up.
The fact that state grant money for tobacco education dried up when the settlement from the multi-state lawsuit against the tobacco companies is being used for nearly everything else is another story entirely, by the way, but we digress.
In the Freedom from Smoking class, participants are encouraged to find anything that helps them stop smoking, and are provided with some of those alternatives. And the classmates support each other.
The point is, at Firelands and at Bellevue Community Center, people are provided with simple ways to recover or improve their health. Besides the obvious health and physical benefits, that's going to end up saving money in the long run as health care costs mount.
Given that the economy right now is such that people are choosing to forego health maintenance because of the cost, ideas such as this are doubly welcome.