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Study: People Live Longer If They Practice One or More Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say not smoking, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and moderate alcohol consumption correlates with longer life By Melissa Romero
Comments () | Published August 18, 2011

As long as you practice one or more healthy lifestyle behaviors, you are more likely to live longer and avoid life-threatening diseases, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC designated low-risk health behaviors as never smoking, eating a healthy diet, moderate to vigorous physical activity, and moderate alcohol consumption to two drinks per day for men and one for women. People who engaged in all four healthy behaviors were 63 percent less likely to die early than people who did not practice any healthy behaviors.

The CDC designated low-risk health behaviors as never smoking, eating a healthy diet, moderate to vigorous physical activity, and moderate alcohol consumption to two drinks per day for men and one for women. People who engaged in all four healthy behaviors were 63 percent less likely to die early than people who did not practice any healthy behaviors.

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The study, “Low Risk Lifestyle Behaviors and All-Cause Mortality: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III Mortality Study,” found that not smoking provided the most protection from early death. In addition, people who engaged in all four healthy behaviors were 66 percent less likely to die early from cancer and 65 percent less likely to die early from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers analyzed data from a CDC-conducted mortality study, which followed participants ages 17 years and older from 1994 to 2006. Out of all the participants, Mexican-Americans led healthier lives compared to whites and African Americans. Fifty-one percent of all participants were moderate drinkers, almost 40 percent kept a healthy diet, about 50 percent had never smoked, and 40.2 percent were physically active.

For more information on how to live a healthy life, visit the CDC’s Web site.

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  • I am looking for some healthy diet plans...this is good,informative but this doesn't really guide towards an effective diet plan.

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