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On the Lighter Side

A Healthy Campaign to Change

By Linda Trainor, RN, BSN

Vote: Healthy Campaign to Change buttonNow is the time to make this 2016 election year all about you!

Actively campaign for the body that is just right for you. Ease away from any campaign trail that demoralizes, criticizes, contrasts, or compares your body with that of any other candidate — your neighbor, family, friends or supermodels.

If you are sick and tired of the same old rhetoric, then now is the time for new, positive leadership that makes your health a priority to build a better future.

If your body is burdened with comorbidities related to being overweight, then now is the time to change for the health of it.

If your self-esteem is in the gutter because you feel uncomfortable in your own skin, then now is the time to champion Chief Executive Confidence with a “Yes I Can” attitude.

Become President of Your Body 

Focus first and foremost on the fundamental issue: your eating habits.

Take a bipartisan approach and elect healthy foods, no matter which side of the table you’re on. Think about the questions you will be asked and practice the answers that will win your future debates about health and wellness:

  • When I am faced with a hot fudge sundae, will I flip-flop?
  • Will I stop after eating just one helping, or will I increase the total deficit for others? 
  • Will I allow anyone or anything to affect my healthy policy? 

Drum Up Some Self-Support 

When you awaken each morning, practice a “good for you” constitutional pledge before a corrupt legislative committee can hold meetings in your mind to veto your picks throughout the day.

Make top-level decisions on your healthy campaign trail each day based on the facts: Eating fewer calories and moving more is the honest answer to achieving a healthy weight.

When others challenge your healthy decisions, remain true to your values. Stay confident, calm and committed to your personal health and wellness platform. Since you are not the subject of the public polls this November, do not allow anyone to cast a vote on your life except you.

Countless distinguished leaders have said that change is not easy, because there is always an army of soldiers determined to stand in the way. The same holds true for your Healthy Campaign to Change.

But let there be no debate about it: unlike the deadline for those other campaigns we’ve been hearing about, you have the rest of your life to judiciously act and exercise your right to create a winning strategy for your own personal health!

click to download and print your "ballot" for your Healthy Campaign to Change (PDF)

Above content provided for your entertainment by the Weight Loss Surgery Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Fall 2016