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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.

 
 
 
 
You've heard it before. If you smoke, quitting is absolutely the best thing you can do for your health. Yes, it's hard, but it's also far from impossible. Over 1,000 Americans stop for good every day.

Tips
  • Keep trying! It often takes 6 or 7 tries before you quit for good.
  • Talk to a health care provider for help.
  • Join a quit-smoking program. Your workplace or health plan may offer one.
For parents and grandparents
  • Try to quit as soon as possible. If you smoke, your children will be more likely to smoke
  • Don't smoke in the house or car. If kids breathe in your smoke, they may have a higher risk of breathing problems and lung cancer.
  • When appropriate, talk to your kids about the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco. A health care professional or school counselor can help.
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
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