Physical education is an important part of school time too. Let's implement regular exercise into recess time while encouraging sports participation and outdoor activities at all grade levels.
Finally, environmental factors must be addressed to ensure accessibility to a healthy lifestyle. Let's make sure that our communities have sidewalks, bike lanes, parks and green spaces to promote outdoor activities that are safe and fun for families.
Let's educate citizens on tobacco cessation programs while making sure they are accessible and affordable. Let's encourage home and community gardens so our citizens can grow their own produce, increase self-reliance and promote natural food intake.
Lastly, we must fight drug abuse and crime with every available option to make our streets safer.
President Obama and his allies in Washington want to mandate citizens and businesses to purchase or provide private health insurance — falsely believing a mere insurance policy will improve health.
In the process, they may well cripple our already struggling economy with over $1 trillion in new taxes over the next decade, leading to job loss and a move toward more part-time employment. This hardly sounds like a sensible solution that will benefit West Virginians.
Together, we can implement West Virginia solutions toward a healthier state that will lead to a safer environment for our children and help grow our state's economy for the long haul. We can be victorious with the right legislative action and partnership with our citizens — smart solutions that will not grow government or increase taxes.
Let's make West Virginia the comeback state, and show the rest of the country we have what it takes to address and overcome our lifestyle and chronic disease issues that have been holding us back.
Stansbury is an optometrist at WV Eye and a 2014 Republican candidate for District 35 of the W. Va. House of Delegates.