As the end of 2009 approaches, I’ll leave you with an illustration of the true end-goal of successful physical education programs – an example of the benefits of a lifetime of consistent exercise.
Hazel McCallion, at 88 years of age, has been the mayor of Mississauga for the past 31 years! Nicknamed “Hurricane Hazel,” mayor McCallion has an approval rating of 92%, and has won 11 straight elections. She has outlasted eight Canadian prime ministers and has her own bobble-head doll.
Mississauga, a former suburb of Toronto, is the 6th largest city in Canada. Under McCallion’s direction, it is completely debt-free and has 700 million in reserves.
The mayor is incredibly busy, but includes exercise in her hectic schedule. A former player in a women’s professional hockey league, she leaves her skates and hockey stick in the trunk of her car so she has them wherever she goes. She sometimes sneaks into a hockey rink during the day with a stick and puck and skates around on her own. She bowls, uses an exercise bike and is incredibly fit and vital.
Check out the following video of a Rick Mercer interview (from CBC’s comedy show, the Mercer Report) with Mayor McCallion and watch her engage in some of her favourite exercise activities, including hockey, bowling and exercise cycling.
Have a happy holiday, everyone! I’ll see you in 2010! (Our next blog posting will be on January 4th).
Dick Moss, Editor,
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