[private] When I came to this beautiful jewel of the Caribbean Sea in 1970 most people were working hard–farming, making copra, fishing, and ship building with no power tools. There were only two trucks and one usually didn’t run. People walked the sandy street of Utila and by my account were healthy and in reasonable shape. Then men started to ship out to work on ships and oil rigs to send dollars home. A fair amount left the island and moved to the USA to seek a better life.
But through increased prosperity, a local attitude has developed–to keep up with the Joneses-which has only created problems. Now the roads are much too clogged with cars, motorcycles, ATVs and golf carts. With a road system of only a few narrow miles most vehicles are totally unnecessary. We are going full speed to nowhere and catching up to the US, which has a 65% obesity rate.
With prosperity also came all the benefits of convenience, leaving most adults overweight from eating junk and not exercising. Now even children are getting fat. Fast foods have replaced Bando, a delicious, nutritious concoction of seafood, vegetables and bread or fish caldo-one of all meals which had been made from scratch and which had kept Utilans much healthier.
Instead of cooking a good Bando, Utilans now bring pizza from Pizza Hut in La Ceiba. Ice cream, cake and sugar drinks are not a balanced diet. Since 1970 diabetes, which used to be an adult disease, has skyrocketed on this island, with people losing limbs and lives because of it. Remember, you are what you eat, if you want to live a long and healthy life, eat right and exercise. You will never regret it.
Utila Bridge about to Fall
I heard from an architect that our bridge and dock are in dire need of repair. I still remember the old days when only a dory could pass under our first bridge. That bridge was replaced by a famous Bailey bridge and later a cement bridge. [/private]