As soon as I leave my home at 5:30 every morning, the aura of health permeates my soul. No sooner have I traversed my driveway than I notice a group of the regulars running in their yellow neon shirts with attached red lights flashing rapidly, saying to oncoming motorists, “Hey, make sure you see me.”
As I arrive at the fitness facility, a group of early risers is queuing at the entrance, begging for admission so they can mount their favorite spinning bikes. In the parking lot, members of the New Albany Walking Club are setting their Garmin watches so they can connect to the satellite and learn their pace per mile, distance covered and calories burned.
New Albany’s obsession with health is not only manifested within the realm of physical activity. In the afternoon, hundreds of people can be seen perusing the vendors at the farmers market, selecting organic vegetables and gluten-free pastries. And in our popular community garden, a mother and her daughter, knees resting on the ground, shovels in hand, plant vegetables together.
In our community we practice good health. We also play a role in producing healthful foods. It’s said that one-third of the world’s food supply is a result of bee pollination. Right here on Harlem Road, the Latshaws are breeding queen bees to be sold around the world so that our food supply is maintained.
Simply put, we are bee-ing healthy.