Robert Reich is one of my favorite public figures. I’ve written about him before here and here. This year end review of 2014 is a good reminder of the progress that was made this year when people worked together and spoke out for civil rights, immigration reform and same-sex marriage.
He also reminds us that when we despair and say things can’t change or don’t vote, we are giving our power to the wealthy and the power brokers who are more than willing to use our indifference to get more.
I’m making a personal commitment to do more in 2015 to make my voice heard – for people, for animals and for the planet.
Here is Reich’s 2014 recap and call to action. Enjoy.
It’s the new year, Happy 2014. Time for the weight loss ads to pummel us from the radio to Facebook. We’ll also see the promotions for exercise equipment – that many of us will buy and then sell at a garage sale a year from now.
This year, don’t make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, make a commitment to a lifestyle change.
That’s the path I took in 2013. After watching the movie Forks Over Knives and reading Dr. Esselstyn’s book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease my wife and I made a lifestyle change to a whole foods, plant-based diet. We didn’t necessarily make this change to lose weight, although we did, we did it to change our long-term health outcomes. To prevent the chronic diseases that have impacted others in our families.
What do you want for the new year? Everyone’s path is different. If you do have a chronic condition like high blood pressure, pre-diabetes or cardiovascular issues then look at making a lifestyle change following the advice of Drs. Esselstyn, Campbell, McDougall or Barnard; or Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Program. If you would like to lose weight – and keep it off – then look to the programs offered by Drs. Ornish, or Pulde and Lederman that provide a continuum approach to diet and lifestyle.
In 2014 make a commitment to changing your life. Eat whole foods, get exercise, sleep well and use meditation or other means to reduce stress. This is my prescription for a truly Happy New Year.