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Aug 26

Watson Shares Benefits of Walking and Healthy Diet Changes

Jay Watson wasn’t always a walker, and he did not always watch what he ate. As he put it, he was a “cheeseburger and pizza guy.” In 1998, he had a heart attack, and his doctor recommended some changes in his diet.  He had already taken up walking as part of his daily routine, but he noticed some positive changes as he added healthier eating.  

Eventually the doctor cleared Jay to enjoy a steak with his friends at the golf club since all his check-ups were looking great as he maintained his walking and healthy eating routines.  Now he enjoys the occasional treat but is still religious about his daily walks. 

“It has to be pretty nasty weather for me to skip a walk,” he commented. “I enjoy walking outdoors and taking different routes including the Ringgold Trailway.” (The Ringgold Trailway is often referred to locally as the nature trail.)

Jay listed some of the many benefits of his walking and a healthy lifestyle:

  1. increased stamina;
  2. more energy;
  3. sleeping better;
  4. enjoying the company of his wife when they walk together;
  5. and stress relief.

When asked if he had any advice for people trying to start a regular walking/exercise program, Jay was quick to respond, “Make sure you enjoy it.  I enjoy my walks.  I enjoy the outdoors.”

Wave hello when you see Jay out walking.  Better yet, wave hello as you pass him on your daily walk!

Ringgold County Public Health (RCPH) continues their work on a Community Transformation Grant to reduce the impact of chronic diseases. During the course of this work, many local residents with healthy lifestyles have stepped forward.  The methods they use to stay healthy are usually time tested, simple yet not easy, but worth it in the long run.  Be active.  Eat and sleep well.  Drink plenty of water.  Get at least an annual check-up with your local health care provider.  If you would like more information on walking, biking, active living or healthy eating, call Ringgold County Public Health at 641-464-0691.