Canada Can Eliminate Student Debt with Exercise and Nutrition
I came across a video about students demanding free tuition and to eliminate student debt. Someone commented on the video saying “well, who’s going to pay for it?”
Well, we are.
We just need to find a way to manage our money properly. Here’s my take.
As a Kinesiology graduate I tend to think that exercise and nutrition can cure pretty well anything, and if not cure it completely it makes it significantly better.
Maybe this is true about the student debt issue…maybe I’m reaching a little? Let me explain.
I previously wrote an article about Diabetes in the World Today asking a question about how we can eliminate or move forward the process of eliminating Type 2 diabetes. Along with this always in the back of my mind, the question of “well who’s going to pay for it?” got the wheels spinning.
My immediate thought went to Diabetes.
According to the Government of Canada the estimated cost of diabetes is $9 Billion a year.
Type 1 diabetes is not preventable, these individuals need insulin to stay alive.
*Kudos to Max Domi – an NHL star competing with Type 1 Diabetes for showing us all that a condition such as that doesn’t stop you from reaching your goals.
Type 2 is preventable and is seen in 90% of people with diabetes.
More on my previous blog here.
Lets scale that:
90% of $9 Billion is $8.1 Billion dollars a year.
$8.1 Billion a year going towards a completely preventable condition.
With me still?
Stats Canada reported in 2012 that there was an outstanding student debt of roughly $28.3 billion.
See where I’m going with this?
If we start eliminating the need for Type 2 diabetes medication (no more finger pricking), support, surgery, etc. We can start putting huge dents in the student debt crisis.
Here’s how we need to do it.
Medication may fix a symptom, but it’s not going to fix the problem.
The problem is that the organs don’t function right. The problem is that we don’t know how to take care of ourselves because we’ve never been taught. Taking medication doesn’t cure you, it makes you reliable on medication. Dependent. The goal is to be independent.
We know what works.
There is no alternative to proper exercise and nutrition.
The affect that exercise and proper nutrition have on the body, the mind, and the chemical make up of our body cannot be matched by a pill.
How do we implement it?
Education and accountability
People just don’t know. Unless you’ve read some nutrition books you wouldn’t know that that commercial about the “healthy cereal” has just as much added sugar as a can of pop. We don’t even know why sugar is bad or how to spot it! But once we understand this, we can make informed decisions.
Who should do the educating?
Well, I think we should all learn at a young age how to take care of our bodies physically, nutritiously, and mentally. Eventually it needs to start in schools. Physical Education can be more about educating than trying to organize a sloppy game of dodgeball (although that has its place as well)(maybe we need two separate phys. ed. classes, ok definitely two separate). Check out the Sparks Fly Facebook page and you’ll see lots of research and proof that increasing physical activity leads to healthier, smarter, and harder working kids.
Doctors, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, personal trainers, nutritionist and nutrition coaches. We all understand basic proper nutritional needs for the body. It’s time to work together and create an integrative and realistic approach.
Here’s what I think will work. And in doing so, make free tuition in Canada!
More collaboration between Kinesiology Professionals and Doctors.
Individuals with Type 2 diabetes need change and accountability. Change sometimes doesn’t come easy. Step by step guidance, daily or weekly check-ins and a lot of help is needed. There’s a ton of nonsensical information out there when it comes to getting healthier and we need help sifting through it.
I think, Doctors should prescribe medication, but only in collaboration with an exercise/nutritional professional. The patient would need to keep in contact with this professional and learn the proper ways to exercise as well as the ins and outs of basic proper nutrition (e.g. why the labels are not always accurate, or why we need more veggies).
It should not be an option. If the individual does not commit to an exercise routine and an integrative nutrition plan based on change psychology, they should have to buck up the extra cash for choosing those medications over a healthier lifestyle.
It might seem harsh, but Type 2 diabetes is just one of the many preventable conditions that plague our health care system making it increasingly costly, less effective, and taking away our free tuition (still reaching?).
The main idea is to make working with exercise and nutritional professional more accessible. Realistic approaches, one on one accountability, and basic knowledge can go a long way in eliminating, preventing, and making preventable conditions a smaller burden on all of us and our country.
What do you think?
Is medication without accountability enabling?