Let's face it...cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke rates are rising faster than Pat Burrell's batting average.
With 47 million Americans lacking health insurance, and millions more with only limited coverage, lifestyle disease is a serious subject.
When it comes to good health and looking fit, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and Eagles coach Andy Reid leave a little to be desired.
This is surprising considering both teams employ exercise and fitness gurus. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink...
Besides risking high blood pressure and bad cholesterol, there is stress, and plenty of that comes with both jobs. During the televised Phillies games it's easy to see how stressed out Manuel gets especially when Adam Eaton pitches.
Stress? Who could have more stress than Andy Ried, with one son in jail and the other at home with a monitoring anklet bracelet? Then his team gets beat on opening day because he was unprepared, or at least it appeared that way. He put J.R. Reed (released this morning) out on the field in a key punt return situation, when Reed has never fielded an NFL punt in his life. What? He couldn't find Brian Westbrook at the time?
Stress can affect all of us in many different ways, from how we treat our family to the kinds of decisions we make in the work place.
It doesn't matter how important the job is, or how stressful, or how demanding: Daily exercise, not smoking, and good nutritional habits are essential, and will help us lead better lives. And...be able to make decisions in pressurized, stressful situations.
Head coaches included.