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State Treasurer Harlan Boyles Says Take Care of Your Health

boyles.jpgBOONE — As a polio survivor, retiring State Treasurer Harlan Boyles says you can’t take good health for granted.

The greatest need in health care today, he says, is maintaining quality of life.

“Certainly there will be difficulties like polio and other diseases, but the message for our people is the need to be particularly aware of the importance of their lifestyle,” he says on Appalachian State University’s cable television program “Appalachian Perspective.”

“We have to be more structured about how we live, the food we consume, our mental health and behavior.”

Boyles encourages educational institutions to better help young people learn how to protect their health and guard their future.

“Schools are going to be asked to take on more responsibilities with regard to health care and the ability to deal with issues outside the educational organization,” he says.

Boyles proposes two sets of teachers, “one for the classroom and the other for the extended day so children can get instruction from adults about recreation, health care, lifestyle and behavior.”

Also on the 30-minute program, Boyles discusses how the Great Depression influenced his years as a public servant. He shares thoughts on budget surpluses, the popularity of stock

market day trading, and his retirement plans, among other topics.

Boyles has served as North Carolina’s treasurer for 23 years. Earlier this year, he chose not to seek re-election.

In 1994, he penned the book “Keeper of the Public Purse,” which outlined his ideas for educational and governmental reform in order “to restore reason to our State policies and order to our way of life.”

For the past 10 years, he has participated in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business Distinguished CEO Lecture Series named in his honor.

“Appalachian Perspective” is hosted by Chancellor Francis T. Borkowski and produced by the Department of Communication and the Office of Public Affairs.

The episode “Harlan Boyles: Public Servant” airs Nov. 20 through Dec. 8. The next episode features poet and novelist Robert Morgan and premieres Dec. 11.

In Watauga County, “Appalachian Perspective” airs weeknights at 6 on Charter Communication’s cable Channel 39 and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. on Charter Communication’s cable Channel 2. It also airs on cable outlets in Asheville, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Raleigh, Newport and Kannapolis.

For more information, contact producer Linda Coutant at (828) 262-2342.