The emphasis on the care of the body is seen again and again in the works of philosophers since the Greeks. We are called upon repeatedly to have a sound mind in a sound body. The great Herbert Spencer, in his treatise on education, writes, ‘If you wish to be a success in this life you must first be a good animal.’ And this thought is reiterated by Emerson ‘Be first a good animal,’ writes the sage of Concord.
Dr. George Sheehan