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OVER HALF of all serious disease in the U.S. could be prevented with healthier lifestyles. By following these nine lifestyle recommendations, you can lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Before you know it, you’ll also have more energy and get a boost to your mood.

So take control of your health, and encourage your family to do the same. Choose one or two behaviors to start with. Once you’ve got those down, move on to the others.

 
 
Keeping your weight in check is often easier said than done, but a few simple tips can help. First off, if you’re overweight, focus initially on not gaining any more weight. This by itself can improve your health. Then, when you’re ready, try to take off some extra pounds for an even greater health boost. To see where you fall on the weight range, click here.

Tips
• Integrate physical activity and movement into your life.
• Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
• Choose smaller portions, and eat more slowly.

For parents and grandparents
• Limit children’s TV and computer time.
• Encourage healthy snacking on fruits and vegetables.
• Encourage activity during free time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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