Yes, according to our mayor, this is part of his job. Who knew??
From today's paper,
Considering the number of hospitals and health centers in Toledo, Mr. Finkbeiner said "it is shameful for this city, year in and year out, to be ranked near the bottom in terms of healthy living."
Mr. Finkbeiner challenged doctors locally to spend as much time and energy promoting exercise and healthy living as they do treating and curing the conditions that result from an unhealthy lifestyle - particularly heart disease.
It seems Carty doesn't realize that doctors already do this, which is why they need to be 'challenged.'
Of course, it isn't that doctors don't promote healthy living, it's that Toledoans choose to do things which may or may not negatively impact them. We know smoking is bad for us and, despite the occasional story of someone who smoked their entire life and died at a ripe old age with no consequences, many people ignore the health consequences and choose to smoke. The same goes for the food we eat and the amount of exercise we do - or don't do.
Dr. David Grossman, Toledo-Lucas County health commissioner, seemed to be a voice of reason when he said, "It's really up to the individual." As a doctor, he knows that he can only give advice - not force the change. (Too bad he didn't have the same perspective when he pushed the smoking ban - using government to 'force' a change in behavior that he wanted to see...)
Why this emphasis? It's because several years ago, our mayor had bypass surgery and it 'opened his eyes' to the way he was living. And, like any convert, he's now sharing his newly-found devotion ... except he's using the office of mayor to proselytize.
It's one thing to support a healthy lifestyle. It's another entirely to chastise health care professionals and the citizens because they choose behaviors he does not condone.
Now if only we could get him this interested in providing water to the area around the airport so it can be developed....