Councilman Lou Waters

If you’re reading this, it could only mean that the world did not come to an end on Dec. 21. In 2003, we first heard about that planet - Nibiru - supposedly heading our way and ending the Earth. It didn’t, so the date was moved up to Dec. 21, 2012 - winter solstice and the end of a cycle on the ancient Mayan calendar - not to mention that Black Friday was on a Thursday this year.

Scientists at NASA have checked in on this and say the whole thing was an Internet hoax. There is no science, and no evidence behind any of this malarkey, they say.

Science often can have a calming influence - don’t you think?

And that’s why the newest “biology of aging” is so important. It’s so complicated, it’s simple: exercise, healthy diet and social engagement will make living worth living while we’re here.

Seventy percent of our so-called aging illnesses are lifestyle related and the medical-industrial complex, we’re told, has a vested interest in keeping us sick.

There is absolutely no question that Americans are popping pills at an alarming rate. Study after study confirms it. Older folks consume the most medications. Younger folks are catching up.

Did you know that heart disease treated with drugs and invasive surgery generates extravagant profits for pharmaceutical companies and hospitals? But, daily exercise and a healthy diet can prevent heart disease altogether at virtually no cost.

While health care professionals and politicians tinker around the edges of reform, a growing number of scientists prescribe a potent new therapy: a radical new approach to medicine emphasizing personal responsibility with incentives for healthy lifestyle choices.

Prevention rather than cure

We don’t know how our journey will end. But we can know, that if we eat right, exercise and stay active, we’ll be in the best shape possible when we get there. Science assures it.

Sure many illnesses require a doctor’s care. But many more, maybe most of them don’t.

So, as you ponder your 2013 New Year’s resolutions, make a promise to become younger next year by exercising every day.

And I’d like to invite you to exercise with me March 24 in the Arizona Distance Classic. I have the pleasure of being the Honorary Race Director this year. It’s not a competition. It’s a celebration and this year for older folks, a one-mile walk with me and other Town Council members. More details as we get closer. Check it out at: And remember, it’s never too late to start exercising. It’s always too soon to quit.


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