Baseball and Health

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Baseball & Health Jeremy Rostker 04/17/08

A healthy and active lifestyle is important to the quality of my life and the achievement of my goals as it allows me to live longer and participate in activities I enjoy. It also strengthens my immune system and lowers my chance of disease. My goal in life is to be successful in all of my endeavors. Doing things like playing sports, participating in P.E. and taking a biology class are helping me to live healthy. I make sure to stay healthy and in shape because I know it will benefit me greatly. If I didn’t play sports or eat healthy I would likely become overweight and unhealthy. Although my chances of becoming a professional athlete are slim (I know this because my teacher did a probability exercise demonstrating this to get me to focus on “academics”!), a healthy life is essential for me to overcome the odds. Statistics show that overweight people are more likely to suffer heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses. They also have a shorter life span. According to the American Heart Association, in 2006, about 136 million U.S. adults were overweight or obese and 25 million children were at risk of becoming overweight. Besides poor eating habits, smoking is also a major contributor to unhealthiness. Smoking can damage your body and lifestyle immensely. When you smoke, you’re at risk for cancer. Smoking can also cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. When you smoke, the smoke you inhale goes down your airways. Hydrogen cyanide, with other dangerous chemicals damages the lining of the bronchi, inflaming them and causing the so-called “smokers cough.” It affects the heart by blocking oxygen with CO2 that you inhale. Less oxygen means wastes and unwanted deposits in the artery walls. All this leads to a…...

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