Just a quick post to wish all Americans a very happy July 4th!
** This post was edited on July 8th to say that Franklin Habit of the Panopticon said it best here – thank you Franklin! **
The American July 4th is our national celebration of independence from Great Britain. It’s a day of fireworks and picnics and parades. As I remember, it is also one of the treasured holidays in kid-dom. The fourth of July ranks right up there with Christmas and your own birthday in terms of sheer fun.
I hunted up a few facts about America, which I found interesting and thought I would share here.
Our official independence began in the year 1776, but our constitution became effective the 17th of September in 1787 and was effective the 4th of March, 1789, so it clearly took us a few years to get all that straightened out after gaining our independence from Great Britain.
The highest point above sea level is Mt. McKinley, in Alaska, which is 20,320 feet above sea level.
The lowest point is Death Valley, California, which is 282 feet below sea level.
The United States of America currently ranks 85th in the Global Peace Index, which makes me very sad on this day of independence.
The United States of America is the world’s third largest population in size. Our current population is 309,635,126 according to the U.S. Census Bureau site; however, the CIA fact site has that number just a little bit higher – 310,232,863 and still ranking third in the world.
Now, for an unasked-for public service announcement that is important to me and to my family.
According to a recent report by the Journal of the American Medical Association (http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/303/3/235?ijkey=ijKHq6YbJn3Oo&keytype=ref&siteid=amajnls), the 2007-2008 prevalence of obesity was 32.3% among adult men and 35.5% among adult women. Obesity being defined as a body mass index of 30.0 or higher.
Obesity is a risk factor for a variety of chronic conditions, including:
- type 2 diabetes
- high cholesterol
- certain cancers
- heart disease
Now, I’m not going to get into the politics of the American health situation, but do want to point out the fact that a high number of this nation’s people are simply not taking good care of themselves. Obesity is a completely treatable condition folks.
Please get started on taking care of your health better, so we can all enjoy the freedoms we’ve been granted and attained.