We’re doing a health initiative here in the office and truth be told I haven’t given it all that much thought.
It’s not that I don’t think it’s a good idea — I do — or that there’s any question regarding my level of interest in the number of steps I walk each day — negligible, at best — it’s just that at this point in my life it seems a tad redundant.
I’m 27 years old and as far as I’m concerned my body still falls well under the factory warranty. I jog 3 miles five times a week, keep track of my calories and perform all of the scheduled maintenance with a licensed dealer.
In return I expect not to break down every time I hit a pothole.
Of course I realize that’s a lot to ask, especially when I can’t make any long-term guarantees about the road I’m going down — but I do know a fair amount about what’s behind me.
There’s diabetes on my mother’s side. My father’s father, Frank 1.0, passed when I was 2 years old.
He was a part of the generation greeted with the sudden news that those sticks of smoke and tar dangling from their lips were jeopardizing that post-retirement trip to Hawaii.
Grandpa wasn’t much of a smoker to begin with and he quit cold turkey as soon as the risks became clear — but the damage was done.
I’ve never smoked and I’m not anticipating cancer — but who does?
The truth is that there are some things that can’t be accounted or prepared for and it’s nice to have someone on your side should the worst happen.
Benefeast is holding its second annual cancer fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Houserville United Methodist Church. The event raises money for patients feeling the financial strain of a cancer diagnosis.
There will be live music from bands like Soul Harbor and Everywhere Danger, arts and crafts vendors and other excuses to give your money to a good cause.
You never know who it will help.