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Do You Follow The Five Healthy Lifestyle Habits?

By May 29, 2009 - 8:28pm
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Most Americans seem to be failing this test. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina lead by Dr. Dana E. King completed a study that compared American lifestyle today with that of 18 years ago. Data from individuals between 40 and 74 years of age was gathered and results show that most participants received a C- for healthy living.

1. Obesity among the participants increased from 28 to 36 percent
2. Those who exercised 12 times a month decreased from 53 to 43 percent

3. Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily decreased from 42 to 26 percent
4. Smoking rates hardly moved changing from 26.9 to 26.1 percent
5. Drinking moderately changed from 40 to 51 percent

Dr. King's links the results consistently with the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure since these conditions are related to lack of healthy lifestyle and the epidemic of chronic health problems.

As a wellness coach, I know that it is never too late to change and living a healthy lifestyle can produce profound effects on overall health and life span, not to mention BIG savings in the healthcare system!

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The report appears on the June issue of the American Journal of Medicine. I have a subscription and I am not sure everyone can access it, but here it is: http://www.amjmed.com/content/collections

Preliminary report showed in the NIH website


June 1, 2009 - 10:23pm

Coach Virginia,

Do you have a link to the study? I would love to read how they measured their variables. For instance "drinking...changed from 40 to 51 percent". Is this binge drinking, drinking daily, number of drinks per week? Unlike smoking, drinking can be done in a healthy manner (unless contraindicated for an addiction or health condition, of course), and I assume they are referring to unhealthy drinking habits...I'm just curious!

May 31, 2009 - 12:30pm
HERWriter Guide


1. I'm not obese so ok on that.
2. I work out one hour a day, 4 days a week so ok on that too.
3. I need to work harder on the 5 servings a day. My kids do it but I fall into the 3 per day range at the most. 1 or 2 servings sometimes. I'm definitely going to work harder in this area. I'm vegetarian; I should know better!
4. I don't smoke
4. I do drink but I don't binge drink so ok on that too.

So not too shabby but some work needed!

May 30, 2009 - 11:54am
EmpowHER Guest

This is really good information although I don't follow all the rules. The smoking information really caught me off guard. Thanks for the share.

May 30, 2009 - 9:10am
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