Mourning the loss of LaLanne

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Anyone with an interest in fitness owes a debt of gratitude to the late Jack LaLanne, the iconic and beloved fitness guru who was ahead of his time in urging Americans to practice good health habits, including the engagement in aerobic exercise, so as to enjoy the euphoria that it can bring.

LaLanne was a marvel and an American treasure, devoting his life to instilling in others the joy that was always palpable within him through the monumental change he made in his life from being an overweight sugar addict as a child to becoming the most recognizable figure in health.

What a life LaLanne enjoyed, living it to the fullest to the ripe age of 96, courtesy of continued vigorous activity, to which he is said to have devoted two hours per day, even as a nonagenarian. If there is an afterlife, surely LaLanne has entered heaven with no desire to rest and is insisting that those who guard the Pearly Gates start to exercise. May God rest the soul of this extraordinary and cherished man - his memory will always be a blessing.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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