Is Poor Physical Health As Deadly As #Coronavirus For Too Many Americans?

Rillito River Park near northern foothills of Tucson, Arizona has popular walking, jogging, and biking baths. Photo by Craig Sams.

Is poor physical health as deadly as #coronavirus for too many Americans? Every few years, I visit my cousins in Tucson, Arizona for a wedding, bar or bat mitzvah or other celebration. For years, each occasion was packaged with various events for out-of-town guests, including a 3 or 4 mile hike in a nearby desert or along a dry river bed. About 20 years ago when I was in my 50’s, three or four doctors were in the group. Their main conversation was how so many of their patients in their 40’s and 50’s were in such bad shape from bad obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. that they could no longer do a short hike like this–and would be unable to survive even minor operations or flu or other infections. Does this partly explain why so many in my generation are getting so sick from coronavirus? How far we’ve come from the “vigor” of President John F. Kennedy and his 50 mile hikes!

Seth Grossman, Executive Director

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