In a study recently released by USA Today, Columbia has come out on top of the list of healthiest cities in all of Missouri. Firstly, we should all give ourselves a pat on the back for this achievement, and secondly, we shouldn’t let it get to our heads. Promoting healthy lifestyles across the state is a goal that we should all be looking towards, but this step in the right direction is a great place to start. Now all we have to do is beat the national average, and we’ll be golden.
Self-depreciation aside, it is a good sign for the city to have such recognition, and it’s a true testament not only to the people living within the city, but the efforts of the city itself that we have managed to get to this point. From the University campus, to our many parks across the city, you see the evidence of this lifestyle around every corner. There always seems to be a jogger, someone working out, someone doing yoga under the trees, people heading to classes or gyms, so ingrained in our everyday it’s become that we barely tend to notice it.
At The Mizzou Review we believe this is not only good for the citizens of the city, but for anyone who has been considering coming into the city as well. To know that the area is one that promotes healthy living and brings the amenities needed to be able to lead a healthy and active lifestyle while here as well. Even for visitors of the area, as you still have full rein of all the services that the city brings, from parks to walking trails and more, and as well the means to jump in on almost any class offered.
It’s good to see the people of the city looking towards their own health as well though, there seemed to be a lull in the attention we paid to our physical state for a decade or so, and yet this recent resurgence of awareness has been paying off dividends. You see it across every street corner, as restaurants get healthier, more fitness and yoga clubs opening, more people paying attention to the food they consume, and the activities they take part in. You can say this generation is technology driven, but we’re also pretty self-aware of our physical state.
We hope that this will be a continuing trend in the area, and that we will see continual progress. Thought he comment in the opening statement may have been a bit of a joke, it would be nice to see us capitalize on our progress and run with it even more. Why stop at the state level? We have the drive, the means, and the will to do better than yesterday, and when it comes to our level of health, constantly aiming to improve can bring nothing but long term benefits to everyone in the city, local or visitor.