Everywhere you look nowadays healthy and/or green alternatives are promoted:
· Eat healthy:
o Low fat
o High fiber
o Fresh fruit
o Fresh vegetables
o Ride your bike
o Stairs instead of the elevator
This all sounds good, but does local business’ implement this concept into day to day operations? It’s come to my attention that only a few public areas offer an official place to secure bikes. I have yet to be able to use a bicycle rack to secure my bike. Healthcare professionals at St. Elizabeth Ambulatory Care promote my becoming more physically active; however, one particular security guard hassles me every time I bring my mountain bike into the building. In fact, he has actually warned me not to bring my bike back to the hospital or… Or what I ask? Where’s the bicycle rack? I challenge you all to go to a public school, library, or healthcare facility in Youngstown, Ohio and find a bicycle rack. If [when] none is found, go and complain to the administrators of that building.
Don’t You Dare Say That Beggars can’t be choosy!
While I’m complaining, let’s delve a little deeper. I’m poor, so I take full advantage of food giveaways, food vouchers, and Thank God for the Salvation Army and The Needles Eye. Now, I don’t have problems parking my bike inside any of these facilities, I’m on to the next peeve of mine. With the exception of the Salvation Army and the Needles Eye, I encounter the same problem at food giveaways. You see, I have several chronic conditions; therefore, several food items are detrimental to my health. I’m lactose intolerant, but I’m constantly given pre-packed food that requires using milk for the preparation of that food item or it’s an ingredient. In addition to that, I’m diabetic; but most of the food available at the food giveaways contains large amounts of carbohydrates. Let’s go a little further; I’m gluten intolerant as well; but there’s rarely any gluten free food given.
To sum it up: I’m not alone. I could not be the only consumer of social services that need gluten-free, lactose free, sugar free, low carb, high fiber food—not to mention more fruits and vegetables. Believe me, I know that’s a tall order; but think about it. Healthy food cost more and when you’re poor you’ll probably run out of food… often. So can we Beggars, Vagabonds, Bums, Homeless, and Broke PEOPLE get some healthy food? After all, a healthy people brings about a healthy society. Seriously, I need to eat to live, but if I eat the food made available to us poor folk then will I be healthy? For now, I have no choice but to accept food that’s not healthy for me so that I can live.
Stay hungry, but live healthy; or eat, but remain unhealthy… Hmm! ▪