So, what can we do?
Sixty years ago, people littered with impunity, seat belts weren’t an option (let alone the law), and even Santa Claus smoked. Collectively or working together, we managed to recognize those problems and reverse those trends, and raise a new generation that recycles, buckles up, and sees smoking as a serious health risk. But, as authors John Hoffman, Judith Salerno, and Alexandra Moss write in The Weight of the Nation: To Win We Have to Lose, until we embrace a different view of the purpose of modern life, and begin to value health as much as convenience, comfort, and cost, not much is going to change. It’s time for America to make the healthy choice the easy choice—instead of the hard, inconvenient, or more expensive one.
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