Upset mayor challenges Toledo to get healthier

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner yesterday promised to convene a summit of health care providers and challenge them to promote healthier lifestyles for Toledoans.

The mayor said he decided to take action after reading in yesterday's Blade that Toledo was ranked in an American Heart Association study as the worst in Ohio for women and the fifth least heart-friendly midsized metropolitan area for women nationwide.

The city received bad marks for smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, and other categories.

Mr. Finkbeiner is known for his instigation of the "Get Fit Toledo" program.

"The city is emerging as a regional health care center," Mr. Finkbeiner said. "There is no excuse for our citizens ranking near the bottom nationally for cardiovascular health."

Dr. David Grossman, Toledo-Lucas County health commissioner, joined the mayor yesterday and praised his efforts.

"It's really up to the individual," he said.

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Just another reason for him to spend more tax money, because our fitness level after all, is HIS responsibility...

I read in the Toledo Blab that: "In Lucas County, 67 percent of women were overweight or obese, one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Among other risk factors, 52 percent of female Lucas County residents exercised less than three days a week, 30 percent were diagnosed with high blood pressure, 25 percent smoked, and 28 percent had high blood cholesterol, according to the most recent Lucas County Adult Health Assessment report."

I also read that the mayor said "it is shameful for this city, year in and year out, to be ranked near the bottom in terms of healthy living." While mentioning that the Most Reverend Carty Finkbiner CREATED 26 MILES OF BIKE PATHS AND WALKING PATHS.

It is obvious that they are NOT being used and therefore Carty has wasted YOUR money on needless crap.

Your 3/4% at work?


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I didn't vote for a

Who hasn't purchased an exercise bike or device only to have it gather dust? Its just that when Carty buys one it costs the tax payers half a mil.

Maybe they can propose a 1.5% income tax rate for Toledoans who use bike paths and 2.25% for those who don't. We would all need to have microchips implanted for monitoring purposes of course.

Does anyone know if the study factored in the stress from poor leadership and if the drop to the bottom occurred in the last few years? Just curious.

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