Healthy lifestyle can increase life expectancy

National health expert Dr. Steven Aldana says healthy behavior can add extra 10 to 20 years to a person's life.

May 2nd, 2005

Poor diets and lack of physical activity caused Americans to gain more weight and have more chronic diseases now than at any other time in human history.

Steven G. Aldana, Ph.D., nationally recognized scientist and expert on the effects of lifestyle choiceson disease prevention and longevity, presents the findings from more than 500 of the world's best researchers in his compelling new book, "The Culprit and The Cure"). It explains why lifestyle is the culprit behind America's poor health and how transforming that lifestyle can be the cure.

In an interesting, down-to-earth way, the book presents a wealth of
scientific data revealing the effects lifestyle choices, such as a healthy diet and exercise, have on life-span and risk for diseases. Those who adopt and maintain healthy behaviors can add 10 to 20 years of high-quality living
to their lives.

The book shows why, what, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. Readers will understand how healthy behaviors can prevent, arrest, and in some cases reverse many chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even Alzheimer's disease. A healthy lifestyle is the only way Americans will achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Medicine and author of the best seller "Eat Drink and Be Healthy" says, "This book can do more to improve well being, now and for years to come, than the best available medicines."

"There is nothing sexy or electrifying about this information ... there are no quick fixes, no miracle diets or pills that can take the place of a prudent, whole-foods diet and regular physical activity," Aldana said. "But, the biggest improvement in health in American history will occur when
Americans start making healthier choices."

Dr. Steven Aldana is a professor of lifestyle medicine in the Department of Exercise Sciences at Brigham Young University. He has published more than 50 scholarly articles and has written 5 books on the connections between healthy living, weight loss, and disease prevention.

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