HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: What does it mean?

imagesIt’s official.  A healthy lifestyle is the most important way to prevent chronic disease of any kind.  But what exactly does it mean to follow a “healthy lifestyle?” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied data from 400,000 Americans and determined that these five simple practices have the most influence:

1.  Not smoking
2. Regular exercise (150 minutes per week)
3. Drinking in moderation or not at all
4. Maintaining a weight that’s stable and proportionate to height
5. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night.

Here’s the hard part.   Only 6.3% of adults engage in all five behaviors.  The hardest one is weight.  The easiest one is not smoking.  About half of us get regular exercise.

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