On Monday evening June 15 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, a “Celebrate Wellness” program will officially open the 40th National Wellness Conference (NWC). I will be one of seven veterans of this storied summertime conference to offer ten-minute assessments about the record of and prospects for wellness. This featured presentation will be followed by a concert and fine dining in a festive atmosphere, all conducive to the community-building for which this annual conference is renowned.
I’m not sure if there is a wellness lesson, principle or even a moral to the story of my first triathlon, but just the same I thought I would share the tale with you, dear visitor to Trusted.MD.
Here is what I wrote in announcing my candidacy for mayor in 2003. It seems a good time to consider what might have been for Tampa, and could still be for the U.S. - if the citizens were to rise up and demand that I run for the highest office in the land.
Think of the stressors in the world - religious fanatics killing people at random thinking this will give them an orgy in Paradise, earthquakes, tornadoes, poverty, Ebola and other diseases including chronic conditions and old age debilitation - and you think YOU have issues. Get real - you are probably doing well. Best you shape up, appreciate your good fortune and be happy that you are, for now, a privileged character. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Polling suggests that nearly half the U.S. population and nearly all Republicans do not believe in evolution or climate change by human agency, both of which are considered settled science. Scientists and most educated secular Americans are concerned that a majority of our elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate are science - deniers.