To the editor:

Tony Gwynn loved to hit a baseball. Ironically he and I were pursuing a career in baseball at exactly the same time. We graduated from high school the same year. Both of us were known for hitting, although he was able to make it to the "big leagues" and I did not.

But that is not the end of our parallel life. He was killing himself slowly by putting tobacco in his mouth. I was killing myself slowly by eating myself to death. I remember 10 years ago there was a boy at Spencerville Adventist School named Bobby who lost his 44-year-old dad to a heart attack. I remember thinking that I could have been the one to have the heart attack that day. Yet I only ate more, and a lot of the wrong things that raised my blood pressure and cholesterol.

Fast forward 10 years. I am thinking again, that could have been me that died today. His son tweeted "Today I lost my Dad, my best friend and my mentor. I’m gonna miss u so much pops. I’m gonna do everything in my power to continue to make you proud" That could be my kids tweeting that…

If you are not making decisions for better health, it could be your kids tweeting something like that.

It’s never too late to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s never too late to make a difference.

Bradley L. Durby, formerly of Nevada

Principal, Eddlemon Adventist School