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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

HAWMC Day 24, Health Mascot

Today's challenge topic is, Health Mascot; Give yourself, your condition, or your health focus a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual!

For my health mascot I chose the coyote. Now you are probably thinking why a coyote? Well, as Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Coyotes are one of the most adaptable animal species out there. They once only lived in open prairies and deserts but now roam forests, mountains, and even cities. Coyote populations are one of the few animals to have flourished and grown since human encroachment into their habitat and this is due to their adaptability. The coyote's keen intelligence and senses help it easily adapt their behavior to survive in a new habitat. Coyotes also adapt their diet to what can be found and will eat almost anything. 

I don't know anyone with a food allergy that hasn't had to learn to adapt. Whether it be to their environment - a restaurant, dinner party, or luncheon; their diet - by cutting out foods they are allergic to and learning to cook new foods and in new ways; or their way of thinking - learning to think of food in a different way. Those with food allergies learn to adapt because they must just like coyotes have had to learn to do. A lot of people think coyotes look cute and cuddly, probably because they remind us of man's best friend, the dog. However some people also think they are a nuisance. I don't know of anyone who thinks food allergies are cute and cuddly, but pretty much everyone thinks they are a nuisance.

Personally, I like the coyote. In a time where many animals species are threatened with extinction, the coyote has learned to adapt and thrive. They can run fast and jump high, they can sing and communicate with one another in 11 different sounds. Coyotes can even swim! They also mate for life.

What mascot would you give to your food allergies if you could pick?

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