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The Final Countdown

October 7, 2011 by Michael de Jong

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Well, it’s the final countdown!

The half marathon is this weekend, and I’m both nervous and excited.

This whole process has been a complete shift in thinking and behaviour for me. Instead of making food choices without any thought to the consequences, I now consciously look for options that will give me the fuel I need to run. One of the biggest things that I’ve realized over the past several weeks is that these choices are about taking personal responsibility for our own health – or not.

We do that by choosing to eat well, and get enough physical exercise, but another major factor in our overall health and wellbeing is whether or not we smoke. Over the past week, British Columbians have demonstrated in droves that they are ready to make their own positive choice and kick cigarettes to the curb.

Smoking cessation aids, both prescription drugs and nicotine replacement patches or gums, are now covered by our new smoking cessation program, and I am so happy that so many people – over 7,100 – have already stepped up to the plate to sign up for this program. When I’m running this weekend, I’ll be doing it for myself and for my own health.

But, I’ll also have in mind every one of you who have taken the plunge and made the decision to get healthy yourselves.

Thank you so much, and wish me luck!

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