Simply put, participants said Californians should “collectively” create a health culture.
A critical part of this involves creating environments where people are eating healthier foods in smaller portions and getting exercise, especially walking.
“We need to reduce the burden of illness on the health care system,” said Shortell. “It’s important that we design communities and schools to increase and encourage physical activity.
I would add that how people work should not be overlooked as it was in the Berkeley Forum report. We should rethink how knowledge work is done in the 21st Century and develop more modern ways of performing it rather than adhering to the outmoded 20th Century paradigm of sitting in a commute to go sit another 8 hours in a centralized office.
Is the sedendary commuter/cubicle treadmill that also wastes time that could be spent engaged in sustained exercise really worth the price to our health? I say it is not, especially when most information and knowledge work can be accomplished outside of a central office location. If Californians are properly to be expected to take more responsibility for their health status and prevention, they must also be afforded the fullest possible degree of freedom and time to exercise — literally– that responsibility.
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