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ICYMI: 4 Healthy Choices to Aid Your Fight Against Disease

We all know that living a healthy lifestyle full of regular exercise and well-balanced, well-portioned meals is key to fighting chronic diseases. Yet for some reason, we want the benefits of our healthy choices quantified. We want inspiring statistics. A new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, once again found that four healthy habits significantly lower the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and cancer by an impressive 80 percent. The four healthy habits are going to sound familiar, but I would like a drumroll anyway. They are . . .

  1. Engage in regular physical activity
  2. Eat a healthy diet
  3. Do not smoke
  4. Maintain a healthy body weight

I am sure you are not surprised by these healthy habits, but only 10 percent of the more than 23,000 people participating in a multiyear study followed these simple preventive measures. Do you?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
So basic and yet only 10% of people do all of those things. That is really kind of sad, actually. I do know that most people I work with are either overweight or obese and most of them do not work out at all. With all the information about smoking, it really amazes me that people still do it. I actually am in the 10% of people that follow all 4 guidelines...that's pretty cool, I guess.
zabrow zabrow 7 years
the hardest part for me is maintaining a healthy diet. i can do exercise, body weight & non-smoking, but it's the diet that gets me.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Wow, it's amazing that 90% of the people didn't do those 4 things. But I guess we have a lot of overweight people in the U.S. And I also feel that when you're someone who works out regularly, you assume that everyone does the same. In reality, when I think about it, I have a lot of friends who don't work out at all. I actually had a girl tell me a few weeks ago that neither she nor her friends work out because "you're body just gets used to it, and then you just end up gaining weight if you stop exercising." I was like, seriously??
michlny michlny 7 years
Thank you. I plan on reminding my family...they sometimes forget! :)
cg130 cg130 7 years
Wow, it's amazing how simple those things are, and yet how few people follow them!
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