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To mark the release of our State of Ottawa’s Health 2014 report, we asked slam poet ArRay of WoRds to deliver his spoken word on public health in Ottawa. Check it out and please help us spread the word! En français: http://ow.ly/Behqe
Dear Capital? A Spoken Word Poem by ArRay of WoRds © July 2014
Dear Capital; What pro-grams do you pro-vide to pro-mote & pro-tect the “STATUS QUO” of our health!? We’ve all got scrapes & scars, among your buildings wishing to be sky scrapers & your cars are keeping US congested with coughs & weed; These Burning Cents are Clouding more than our Senses; We are desensitized to flashing lights of medical emergencies where the urgency for change, is dulled by the lack of change in our pockets & so many fine they are unwilling to donate their time & their energies, providing them time & the energy to complain of no change. Cuz Despite the fact that: 3/Quarters of adults aged 25 to 64 have post-secondary education: Many residents face economic vulnerabilities, according to their SITUATIONS; & those of us, aged 65 & up, in our Faces; We are Faced with ^High blood pressure, Heart disease, Arthritis, Back injuries, & Diabetes, which are the most chronic cases; So- What pro-grams do you pro-vide to pro-mote & pro-tect the “STATUS-QUO” of our health!? ~ Dear Capital; We are Fogged; ‘cuz Lessons to our Senses, Desensitize the more it Dulls to Dull news. Like decreased learning, through lessons now censored, lessened by less intense curriculums in school systems. But we at least, are very happy, & very enthused, that your schools are now filled with more diversity on average, because you’re allowing more diverse cultures to move in at a faster pace than the national average. 1 in every 4: a minority that is visible; Though we strive for Unity in Communities: we are not yet: a City- Indivisible! Check Your visible Stats: 4600 reported cases of infectious diseases, in last year along ~ But the Un-Reported, & hidden in our homes: Those Cases of us that have been infected by prejudice & pre-conceived ideas based on our covers; Yet, beyond OHIP, not all of us are covered! 12% Classified by Low Income meaning we receive a low income of opinions from all others; But what of our entirety? About a Quarter (1/4) of our households spend a third (3rd) of our household’s incomes on shelter alone. How much more difficult for those living, alone, unsheltered by shelters living in single covered, but it doesn’t cover the cost to Feed Positive Healthy nutritional needs to these, our, families! This unhealthy eating, a risk factor for disease, & if these are not just learned lessons from our senses; just take a look at your Census: it costs at least $789 per month to feed nutritious foods to our families of four, so what of those, of us, who are economically poor? What are we to do? When Unhealthy eating can only motivate us less, those of us strong are we left to pick up the rest? We ARE Burning 10’s of 20’s of dollars of Bills instead Burning what we should; Our Calories & Filling our chlorophylls; with minimal production of ATP (Our inner energy) Adenosene tri phosphate – Where Our Fates are Factored into our Weakness, of Weekends, where We End our weeks with weak Physical activites or lack thereof; sending our healths & our minds to the hospitals, packaged in care of! ~ We are just hurting ourselves! ~ Literally ~ Hurting Ourselves! Look at: 2012 ~ 1,200 in 1 year; Hospital Emergencies! - & ALL Due to Our Own Self-Inflicted Injuries! Now WE KNOW that the STATE of our WEALTH does not Dictate the state of our HEALTH, but we know just a little bit of help, does in fact help ~ So What pro-grams do you pro-vide to pro-mote & pro-tect the “STATUS QUO” of our health!? ~Dear Capital; Despite the fact, We Have High cholesterol, heart rates, or blood pressure, we also Have HIGH Hopes For We Know, that over half of Our residents claim their health as excellent or very good which is good; But on the Flip: Chronic conditions & injuries are affecting our Blanket health & well-being. So we respond with blanket blank blank on our breath, left in our vocals & the risk of infectious diseases continues to be a public health concern for our locals! So Let us Continue to Control these outbreaks, with public provisional vaccine; So we can rise to occasions, & rise up our energies, & rise up our spirits, & rise high than any of our mezzanines! So Continue to make room & provide space for us, to help us with pro-grams that you pro-vide to pro-mote & pro-tect the “STATUS QUO” of our health! Dear Capital?