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Monday, October 10, 2011

Healthy Lifestyle Results in Increased Longevity

A new study published August 18th in the American Journal of Public Health and released by the CDC affirms that living healthy will increase your life span. Just implementing four healthy behaviors-not smoking, eating health, exercising regularly, and avoiding excessive use of alcohol results in a 63% decrease in death from any cause compared to those individuals who practiced none of these healthy habits.

From this study, “Compared to those who didn't engage in any of the healthy behaviors, those who practiced all four healthy habits were 66 percent less likely to die early from cancer, 65 percent less likely to die early from cardiovascular disease, and 57 percent less likely to die early from other causes.”

Americans are taking heed to the fact that the one habit that offers the most protection from dying young is not to smoke. While the number of smokers has decreased significantly, only a small percentage of Americans practice all four healthy behaviors.

The language in HR 1119 The National Nurse Act of 2011 calls for the National Nurse for Public Health to engage nurses and health professionals to volunteer and help to replicate successful programs of wellness and prevention, such as those being implemented by the Medical Reserve Corps. There are many great materials available, but the messages need to be delivered on the local level in a more effective manner and in a way that addresses the diversity within the local community.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, October 10, 2011  

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