Four lifestyle rules to keep you healthy

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Follow four simple rules and you could reduce your chronic-disease risk by as much as 80%, according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The golden lifestyle rules: never smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced diet.

Sounds simple? It is — and yet only 9% of the nearly 25,000 middle-aged Germans on which the study is based were adhering to the common-sense tips. (“Healthy weight” was defined here as body mass index under 30; regular exercise meant at least 3.5 hours per week; and a healthy diet was one that’s high in fresh fruit and veg, high in whole grains, and low in meat.) Study participants who followed all four healthy-living tips were 78% less likely than those who followed zero tips to suffer a heart attack or a stroke, or to be diagnosed with diabetes or cancer, within eight-odd years of follow-up.


Amid widespread health care reform in Florida and a heated national health care debate, both Republicans and Democrats worry about potential changes to the Florida health care system. Florida Democrats, who are in favor of health care reform efforts, worry that an up-and-coming GOP Senate candidate may pose a serious threat to the quality of the Florida health care system. Republican Marco Rubio has, until now, not appeared to pose a serious threat to health care reform in Florida.