Originally Posted by ckblv
See, that is why I am for the "good old days" We just have to much leisure time now. People back in the good old days stayed busier and they were more fit.
Those Alambama people should get out and rake up those leaves and bag 'em up. Take a cue from a new President elect, get out, work out, play basketball, step away from the computer and do something, anything.
Personally, I like Alabama's idea. I think the rest of the country should implement it, but make it much more than $25.00 a month more. Maybe, $100.00 a month more.
I can understand what you're saying, but it's hard to "step away from the computer" when that is your job for 8 hours a day. Back in the "good old days" people had jobs where they used their hands and sweat and created something. Factories everywhere have closed or have downsized and now most jobs available are in the information field where you are chained to a computer or desk for the entire day and basically sit on your butt.
It's also hard when a big percentage of American's have a long commute to and from work. Mine is only 1/2 hour to 45 mins each way, but I know some people that commute 2 hours+ each way to work. It's hard to burn off calories when you're sitting behind a steering wheel. I guess you can burn a few yelling at the guy that cuts you off on the beltway but that's only a few.
So, someone is scheduled to work at 8:00am and has a 2 hour commute. He/she has to get up at 5:00am to drink coffee and get ready to leave. Probably earlier because you never know about traffic. They work at a desk for 8 hours and leave at 5:00 (if they're lucky and don't have to work over). So, another 2 hour commute back home (again depending on traffic) and they get home at 7:00. Time to eat dinner, spend time with the family, and go to bed by 9:00 if they want to get 8 hours of sleep. I'm not saying this is the way it is with everyone, but I know quite a few people that have this schedule.
I know I've gained weight by working at my job for 3 years at a call center because that is the only job I could find in my area that paid enough. I miss jobs where I'm active, I worked as a waitress for 9 years and loved it, but unfortunately it won't pay the mortgage.
Ok, I think it should be up to the insurance company to increase insurance rates for certain people, not the state. And, I'm all for increasing tax on potato chips and twinkies! I don't eat them anyway.