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August 7--  A Vidalia business leader believes all the debate in the country about the healthcare system and the involvement of drug and insurance companies leaves out the most important ingredient and says it's the only thing that can really make a difference.

AllenRice2"It's the health of Americans and what we do to ourselves and the responsibility that we have to take care of ourselves.  It's not somebody else's responsibility or their fault, it's our fault," says Allen Rice, President of Savannah Luggage Works. "For example, what does a typical American want to do?  They want to eat anything they want to, drink anything they want to and smoke anything they want to and, of course, they don't want to do any exercise.  Then, when it doesn't come out right, we want somebody else to pay for it.  It's a system designed to fail and on the current path it's probably going to break the country."

Rice is afraid most Americans have forgotten or never been taught that is was self-reliance and personal responsibility that made this country great, "The key word is responsibility.  We are responsible for who we are and for taking care of ourselves.  If we wanted to take care of ourselves, we know we should eat a good diet, we know we shouldn't drink to excess, we shouldn't smoke, you've got to exercise and you've got to get proper rest. 

"When you don't do that, you can't then go to the government or somebody else and say 'Here, save me, I've destroyed myself, put me back together.'  I don't think there's enough money in the world to put all the people back together who are in the process of destroying themselves," he said.

Rice advises, "I think you should do three things.  Get proper rest and exercise.  I think you should eat a good diet.  I think you should maintain a positive mental attitude.  Even then, there are no guarantees in life, but we have to become more personally responsible for our healthcare.  On our current trajectory, it's going to break the country."



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