LETTER: ‘Eat well, move more and feel better’

March 20, 2019

‘Eat well, move more and feel better’

In The Journal’s March 13 Our Opinion, “It’s time for recommitment to Healthiest State Initiative,” we agree with the editorial board’s call to action for Iowans – including state government, private businesses and individuals – to recommit to the goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation.

Although recent health rankings are cause for concern, we are continually encouraged by efforts being made across the state – including in Sioux City – to help Iowans eat well, move more and feel better.

In 2018, Sioux City was recognized with a Healthy Hometown Community Award. The school district was applauded for its walking school bus program, local daycares were spotlighted for growing on-site gardens and the city was acknowledged for encouraging biking as a mode of transportation and recreation.

The 2018 Individual Impact Award winner, Angela Drent, also calls Woodbury County home. Drent, a health promotion specialist at Siouxland District Health Department, donated a portion of her award prize to build the Miracle League inclusive toddler splashpad in Sioux City.

There are healthy habits that we can each adopt to help our state move in the right direction. 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! encourages Iowans to eat five fruits or vegetables a day, take part in two hours or less of recreational screen time, get one hour or more of physical activity and choose water over sugary drinks.

There are free 5-2-1-0 resources available online to help schools, early care, families and health care sites work toward these daily goals: www.IowaHealthiestState.com/5210.

Jamie Haberl, Des Moines, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative executive director

Like prices, taxes go up over time

In an article in the March 14 Journal an Urbandale, Iowa, man complained that his taxes had gone up from $3,000 in 1993 to $6,470 in 2019. That amounts to an annual increase of 3 percent, which may or may not be too high. During the period from 2007 to 2019 my Social Security check has increased an average of 3 percent each year. Since the Social Security increase matches the cost of living, it would seem that the complainer’s property taxes are right in line with the cost of living.

Since most of our taxes end up as wages to the people who fix our roads, plow the snow, teach our kids, run our utility department, or are firemen or policemen, it would seem reasonable to assume those costs would increase with the cost of living.

I am confident the complainer’s grocery bill has increased by at least 3 percent a year. What if he copied his recipe for the city, county and school system and spent no more on groceries last week than he spent in March 1993? If he did, his food would come in 40-pound bags with the picture of a dog on the front.

Douglas VanDerVoort, Sioux City