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tucky Fried Chicken, and our father is in the HEALTH & WELLNESS Pizza Hut adorn your food schedule this week. At least hospital in you’re takin’ the meds your serious condition doctor prescribed! after his car accident Where are your priorion the freeway. The ties? car flipped three Your big toe joint is times and he has killing you! Another bout three broken ribs, with your gout! Alcohol is numerous cuts and a major contributor to this bruises, and a broken Ron Blake painful ailment. Water, rest, leg. Your family and and some aspirin should friends gather by soothe the flames of fire – OR – a three his bedside and give him their love and hour bar tab could be just the remedy for support. You find a moment, to ask your father where he put your tool box that you this condition. loaned him – not exactly a high priority Where are your priorities? on anyone’s list in the room. Rewind and Work starts early tomorrow. You are try something more appropriate. responsible for opening the office at 6 What are your priorities in your life? a.m. for the corporate big wigs in from New York. There won’t be much traffic, You have high cholesterol and the but you’ll still need to be up at 4:30 a.m. doctor has been scolding you to take your to make it all happen. The movie starts at medication and watch your diet. Dunkin’ 9:45 p.m., and then there’s the stop at the Donuts, McDonald’s, Burger King, Ken-

Starbucks for a nightcap. It all ends just after midnight and it’s in-bed by 1 a.m. – my mathematical skills tell me that’s 3.5 hours of sleep. Where are your priorities? The weekend festivities include the baseball game, the wedding reception, Oktoberfest, the neighborhood block party, and the round of golf with the buddies. You’ve had this terrible cold for a few days and it seems to be getting worse. You are coughing, sneezing, aching, and feeling fatigued. A weekend of rest should have you ready to head into the workweek refreshed. Where are your priorities? That spot on your forehead has been changing colors and certainly appears to be growing larger each week. Arizona has the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. You’ve lived in Phoenix for 20 years and haven’t really used that stuff called sunscreen. A trip to the doctor would just mean you’d have to forego

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something out of your normal routine. Where are your priorities? You are 80 pounds over what is heightweight appropriate for you. The dog can walk himself in the fenced-in backyard. The lawn can be mowed by the neighbor kid. The dart league, the bowling league, the book club, the Elks Club meetings, and open-night poetry reading at the local coffee shop, in lieu of working out at the gym. Where are your priorities? I’m just a simple man with a simple plan! I’m also a priority man with a priority plan! I want to live a healthy and happy life for many years. With a goal like that, it isn’t difficult to get my priorities in place. O This wellness is brought to you by that guy who matriculates into a new sunrise each day. This graduate of sunshine is Ron Blake and you can send him a beam of warmth at

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