Spring Ahead

Maybe we’re on to something here in Arizona. While the rest of the country was “springing ahead” over the weekend, Arizona and Hawaii were the lone two states to leave the clock untouched.

(Most of) Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time and that might be a good thing. From CNN.com:

Losing sleep after clocks “spring forward” an hour could be more than just an annoyance. This small time shift can significantly raise the risk of health-related issues.

A recent study found that the overall rate for stroke was 8% higher in the two days after daylight saving time. Cancer victims were 25% more likely to have a stroke during that time, and people older than 65 were 20% more likely to have a stroke.

According to CBS News, an increased stroke risk isn’t the only way Daylight Saving Time can wreak havoc on our health. The story also suggests that:

  • Workplace injuries can increase following the time change;
  • Car crashes have surged in the past when we spring ahead; and
  • Daylight Saving Time can mess with our diet and lead to bad choices and overeating.

So, what’s the point of Daylight Saving Time and why is Arizona one of only two states that does not follow the rest of the country when it comes to springing ahead and falling back? A Fortune Magazine story says, “The U.S. first adopted Daylight Saving Time during the First World War to save fuel. The country ended the practice a year later, only to start again during World War II. Congress passed the Uniform Time Act of 1966 to mandate official dates to switch to and from Daylight Saving, although states may opt out.”

As for why Arizona opts out, KNXV-TV put together a recent story to explain. Click here or on the video below to watch.

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Other states may soon follow Arizona’s lead. A California lawmaker is proposing an end to Daylight Saving Time in that state and there are pushes to end it in Michigan and Kansas as well.

Leading by example is a great way to get things done. So let’s also take the lead when it comes to improving the health of the people of our state. That way, the next time someone asks….”what time is it in Arizona?” We can answer – it’s time to show the rest of the country what it takes to become the Healthiest State in the Nation!

 

 

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