Illness do not have to be a normal part of aging.
Many chronic diseases could be prevented, delayed, or alleviated through simple lifestyle changes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that eliminating three risk factors (poor diet, inactivity, smoking) would prevent 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, as well as 40% of cancer.
• In 2011, 52% of adults aged 18 years or older did not meet the recommendations for aerobic exercise or physical activity, and 76% did not meet recommendations for musclestrengthening physical activity
• About 47% of US adults have at least one of the following major risk factors for heart disease or stroke:
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Uncontrolled high LDL cholesterol
- Currently smoke
• In 2011, 36% of adolescents and 38% of adults said they ate fruit less than once a day, while 38% of adolescents and 23% of adults said they ate vegetables less than once a day
• 90% of Americans consume too much sodium, which increases their risk of high blood pressure