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A healthy sense of freedom

Dr. Drew Werner

EAGLE COUNTY – Freedom. We live it every day often thinking about it as much as we do breathing or waking up in the morning. It has become such an integral part of our lives that it is hard to conceive that not all people share this precious gift. It is easy to think about what our freedom means when we discuss the environment, our right to vote or the war in Iraq. I would like to challenge you, however, to think about what our freedom means when it comes to our health.With freedom comes responsibility. With responsibility comes the recognition of the world outside ourselves. That makes decisions a little more complicated. Finally, as simple as it seems, not to decide is to decide. Health is not an accident, nor is it a guarantee. Think about: n Do you excel at work, home and play? That means do you try your hardest, practice regularly and get help when you need it?n Can you say no, and do you do it? It can be hard to admit you can’t do everything.n Even more difficult is admitting that you matter. Everyone needs a little selfish activity. Do something that is only good for you.n Do you set a good example, even when no one is watching? That speaks more about how we live our lives than when the camera is on.n Do you enjoy healthy activity in abundance, unhealthy things rarely or not at all, and everything else in moderation?Every decision we make speaks of our freedom to do so. This Fourth of July let us celebrate our freedom and the responsibility we have to preserve and protect it. Be healthy through the choices you make. Be thankful for the freedoms we have. Have a happy Fourth of July!Dr. Drew Werner of the Eagle Valley Medical Center writes a weekly column for the Daily. He encourages health questions. Write him by e-mail to editor@vaildaily.com or c/o Editor, Vail Daily, P.O. Box 81, Vail, 81658.Vail, Colorado


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