Killing Ourselves is Unhealthy

What life changes can we make to improve health outcomes?

By Kevin RR Williams

HEALTH According to the US Government, the leading causes of death like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke, lung diseases and even HIV/AIDS can often be prevented with healthy habits. The absence of such routines, therefore, hastens our demise. If you are munching on your favorite snack food while reading this article at a desk, you just may be a candidate for making appropriate changes that increase your longevity.

Eating right, staying physically active, and not smoking are a few examples of good habits that can help you stay healthy. Many illnesses can be prevented or controlled by eating right. But what exactly does, “eating right” mean? Eat a variety of foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Try to balance the calories you get from food with the calories you use through physical activity.

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Research shows that physical activity can help prevent at least six diseases: heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity (excess weight), diabetes, osteoporosis, and mental disorders, such as depression. Physical activity also will help you feel better and stay at a healthy weight. Research suggests that brisk walking can be just as good for you as an activity such as jogging. Try to do a total of 30 minutes of constant physical activity, such as fast walking, most days of the week. Start slowly and keep at it to remain A Bit More Healthy.

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