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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.

Taking a multivitamin with folate every day is a great nutrition insurance policy. It helps make sure you're getting all the vitamins you need to stay healthy, and there's growing evidence that it can lower the risk of cancer as well as heart disease. For women of childbearing age, the extra folate also helps prevent serious birth defects called neural tube defects.

  • Buy a 100% RDA multivitamin that contains folate.
  • Read the labels so you can avoid “mega” vitamins that contain doses much higher than those federally recommended.
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