What’s chipping away at your health? | Editor’s note

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is developing an innovative initiative called Healthy Tukwila. It’s bringing attention to the ill effects that sugar and sugary drinks have on our health. You’ll see some changes in what’s available at the vending machines at the Tukwila Community Center and at other city facilities.

OK, I really like potato chips. The vending-machine man knows that, my co-workers know that and my family knows that.

My chips have to taste like the potatoes that just came out of the ground, cut in a crazy-quilt of sizes – that wouldn’t fit neatly in a can – with just the right amount of salt. Plain, not gooped up.

I wouldn’t say I’d lay down my life for a potato chip, but they hold a favored spot on my personal food pyramid. And, yes, I know they’re not particularly healthy and probably play a role in my up and down weight.

So as I enter my golden age I really need to think about whether chips need to take a back seat to healthier snack choices. It’s the type of decision we all have to make, and it’s not an easy one, although for the first time, I packed carrots in my lunch.

But after researching the cover story for this month’s Tukwila Reporter on Healthy Tukwila, I’ve really become more aware of the effects that too much sugar, salt and carbohydrates can have on my health.

I am glad to share what I learned with you. Maybe you’ll have an “aha” moment when you read the stories, that, yes I can – and I need to – take charge of my own healthy choices. In doing so, think about all the messages that bombard us daily to drink or eat things that aren’t good for us.

And, as usual, I found that Tukwila is working hard to make the city a healthier place for its residents and for those who work here.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is developing an innovative initiative called Healthy Tukwila. It’s bringing attention to the ill effects that sugar and sugary drinks have on our health. You’ll see some changes in what’s available at the vending machines at the Tukwila Community Center and at other city facilities.

It’s not just the city that’s taking action. BECU is updating what is offered in the vending machines at its Tukwila headquarters to its employees who have asked for healthier food options close to their workplace.

And our schools make sure that what Tukwila’s kids eat at school is healthy and nutritious. Importantly, three FREE meals a day are available for students most in need. The school district is committed to the health of its students, as well as their education.

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