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Opinion by PETA
As a nutrition and fitness expert for almost 80 years,
Jack LaLanne dedicated his life to inspiring people to eat properly and
exercise. So it's no wonder that the nonagenarian was still
remarkably spry when he passed away on Sunday at the age of 96.
For LaLanne, eating properly meant not eating
meat or milk. When questioned about his aversion to
milk during an interview on
Dateline NBC, the always jovial Jack said, "It's not good for you. It's good
for a suckling calf. Are you a suckling calf?"
Among his many credits, the "godfather
of fitness" authored many books on health and hosted the
longest-running television exercise program in history, The Jack
LaLanne Show, for 34 years. LaLanne opened many health clubs and designed much
of the equipment used in gyms today.
He is also known for his amazing feats of strength, such as swimming from
Alcatraz Island to San Francisco while handcuffed (vegan PETA Foundation staffer
and endurance swimmer Becky Fenson has made the same trek--swimming the
butterfly, no less--but admittedly handcuff-free), towing up to 70 boats long
distances while handcuffed and shackled, and doing 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes.
LaLanne set several world records for strength and endurance.
Jack LaLanne's feats brought him fame, but all he really wanted was to show
people how to be healthy. If you would like to follow Jack's
long-lived example, you can start by picking up PETA's free
vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
Written by Michelle Sherrow