An extra for Day 13 - Lexington, Ky most sedentary city in nation
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I've seen this headline four times today now. And while I am not a Lexingtonian (I live in Richmond. Well, Madison County anyway), I do work downtown in this fair city. I know our lovely state is high on the list of the most unhealthy populations in the country, but I just wasn't expecting to see Lexington at the top of the list. It's a pretty little city/big town (I'm of the opinion that it has an identity crisis and can't decide which it will be) with parks, and pools, and countryside, and a gorgeous farmer's market, and new age, vegan hippies, and health conscious students, and sleek businesspeople.
But, when I look around, I realize that it could very well be true. I mean, here I am sitting at an 8 hour a day job thinking I could get up off my @$$ and do something. Then, when I get decent weather for walking at lunch, about 3/4 of the people out there on the sidewalks are overweight to some degree. In fact, I work at a health insurance company that encourages healthy living to keep premiums down, and there are very few healthy individuals in this office.
And, for such a small city, there are an awful lot of cars. When I first saw this article I thought "but there are so many people on bicycles when I come to work". But, that's just downtown. Outside of this area I rarely see a bicycle or a person walking more than a few blocks. Everybody drives everywhere. When I go to the shopping area that was put in a few years ago at Hamburg, I remember how it was supposed to be a pedestrian friendly area where people could stroll from store to store. Well, that was a flop. Partly because it wasn't designed that way. But part of it is that people will still get into their cars and drive from Target to Garden Ridge rather than walk on the adjoining sidewalk. I know they do, because I've seen them when I've done the walk.
So, while I'm still not sure how we made it to the MOST sedentary city, I'm not surprised we're on the list. So, come on LEXINGTON (and surrounding counties)! Let's get up and move!