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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.

 
 
 
 
 
Despite confusing news reports, the basics of healthy eating are actually quite straightforward. You should focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and keep red meat to a minimum. It's also important to cut back on bad fats (saturated and trans fats), and choose healthy fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats) more often.

Tips
  • Make fruits and vegetables a part of every meal. Put fruit on your cereal. Eat vegetables as a snack.
  • Choose chicken, fish, or beans, instead of red meat.
  • Choose whole-grain cereal, brown rice, and whole-wheat bread over their more refined counterparts.
  • Choose dishes made with olive or canola oil, which are high in healthy fats.
  • Cut back on fast food and store-bought snacks (like cookies), which are high in bad fats.
For parents and grandparents
  • Make fruits and vegetables a part of every meal. Put fruit on your cereal. Eat vegetables as a snack.
  • Choose chicken, fish, or beans, instead of red meat.
  • Choose whole-grain cereal, brown rice, and whole-wheat bread over their more refined counterparts.
  • Choose dishes made with olive or canola oil, which are high in healthy fats.
  • Cut back on fast food and store-bought snacks (like cookies), which are high in bad fats.
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
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