My long-time readers know I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. But, considering your overall health, here are some items you might want to consider in 2016:
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggested that four bad habits can lower your life expectancy 12 years and lead to premature death:
- drinking alcohol,
- using tobacco products,
- not eating enough fruits and vegetables, and
- not getting enough physical activity.
In another blog of mine, The Formula for Good Health = 0, 5, 10, 30, 150, I discussed an easy-to-remember formula for good health (0, 5, 10, 30, 150) which is designed to help you achieve highly healthy lifestyle goals:
- 0 = no cigarettes or tobacco products
- 5 = five servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- 10 = ten minutes of silence, relaxation, prayer, or meditation per day
- 30 = keep your BMI (body mass index) below 30
- 150 = number of minutes of exercise per week (e.g., brisk walking or equivalent)
You can learn more about nutritional health and other highly healthy habits in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. It’s available here.
The most common causes of death, according to the study, included heart disease and cancer, both of which were related to unhealthy lifestyles.
By taking steps toward important lifestyle changes—people can greatly diminish their health risks and improve their own lives.
That’s what the AMA’s Healthier Life Steps™ program is about. It addresses these challenges and offers key steps that patients and physicians can take to improve four key lifestyle behaviors:
- healthy eating,
- physical activity,
- eliminating risky drinking and
- discontinuing tobacco use.
The program also offers a format for open, honest discussion among physicians and patients to help target critical health behaviors and prevent and manage avoidable conditions. After all, physicians are one of the most trusted individuals with whom patients interact on a regular basis. Therefore, it is important that they, too, live a healthy life.
As part of the Healthier Life Steps ™ program, the AMA recently launched “A Physician’s Guide to Personal Health” to help physicians reflect on which steps they may need to take to live healthier and serve as role models to their patients.
The program also offers information and resources—including action plans, tip sheets and progress-tracking calendars—to help physicians implement strategies to assess patients’ readiness to change and counsel them on making these changes.
© Copyright WLL, INC. 2015. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.