It’s been a long time since I last posted. Time to get back in the habit!

Today, I’m fascinated by the decision by the American Medical Association to declare obesity a disease.

I’m honestly of two minds about this:

By declaring obesity a disease, I believe that it will receive increased attention and focus from doctors — a much needed change. But I worry that declaring obesity a disease will stigmatize and alienate those most in need of support from the medical community.

What do you think?

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Week Seven: Mt. Tamalpais

On Saturday, Jeff and I took a day hike on Mt. Tamalpais. It was a great day to try out the Matt Davis-Steep Ravine Loop. Starting at Pantoll Ranger Station, we took the Matt Davis trail over to Stinson Beach (where we had a late lunch) and then took the Dipsea Trail over to the Steep Ravine trail.

To say the scenery was beautiful would be an understatement. When a day includes both sweeping views of the Pacific and secluded redwood groves, it’s easy to be grateful to live here in the Bay Area.

The only downside of the day was when I misstepped and twisted my ankle. That wouldn’t have been so bad if I didn’t have another mile and a half to go. Despite my whining, I survived and by the next day, my ankle was doing fine.

  • Weather: Sunny, but with an ocean breeze and a bit chilly in the shaded areas.
  • Distance: 7  miles
  • Time: 5 hours (including an hour for lunch in Stinson Beach)
  • Highlights: Amazing views of the Pacific. Waterfalls. Lush redwood forest.
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Week Two: Fossil Ridge, Mt. Diablo State Park

Despite living in the Bay Area for 80 percent of my life, until today, I had never visited Mt. Diablo State Park. Jeff, Jane and I drove up to the Mt. Diablo Summit this afternoon and then stopped at the Uplands picnic area on the way down mountain. From the parking lot, we took a badly paved road up a hill and followed it to where the path ended in a grove of oak trees.

  • Weather: Sunny and warm, but a little hazy
  • Distance: 1.3 miles
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Highlights: The trail ends in a beautiful grove of old oaks
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Creating Safe Routes to School

Very disappointed to say that because I was in another state, I missed the opportunity to walk my son to school on International Walk to School Day.

Though it may seem as if walking to school is not a very big deal, for too many there is a lack of safe, accessible routes to school. That fact alone prevents too many children from taking part in what should be the easiest form of exercise.

I wrote about this in more detail on EngageHer. It’s worth checking out this video about Kaiser Permanente’s Photovoice project, too.

Good health begins in our neighborhoods. Though it may seem daunting, this video shows that making meaningful improvements is possible. It just takes involvement of others who care.

As Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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