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I couldn't agree more with the April 17 News article, "America's pill popping an epidemic." Our entire society has become dependent upon prescription medications to treat many conditions that can be prevented by following simple good health practices, such as eating right, exercising and not smoking.

As a retail pharmacist, every day I see people spending their money on expensive medications to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which in many cases, can be prevented or treated effectively simply by practicing healthy lifestyle habits.

As Americans continue to complain of the rising costs of health care and prescription drugs, one would think people would begin to start taking better care of their bodies. People can reduce the number of medications they have to take and save thousands of dollars in medical costs over a lifetime by simply living healthier lifestyles.

So if you're fed up with the cost of health care and expensive prescriptions, lace up your sneakers and go for a walk. And while you're at it, walk right past those fast-food restaurants, not into them. Your body, and your wallet, will thank you for it in the long run.

Ken Sansone