U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the former 2-term Democratic Iowa governor, hopes to mix health and sports. Vilsack pushes a plan to get kids engaging in a physical activity at least 60 minutes per day. That is the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vilsack was admittedly overweight as a child. During his years as governor, he took up long-distance running to get in better shape. But his back now prevents him from doing that. So Vilsack relies on the elliptical and weight-training to stay in shape during his job, which can require a heavy workload and rigorous travel schedule.
Vilsack talks about the role health plays in the future of the country, as well as his fears about his long-suffering, but beloved baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, in this web-exclusive segment of Channel 13’s “The Insiders” with Dave Price.