What Are Health Lifestyles? Why Are They So Important For Policy And Health Promotion?

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4a. What are health lifestyles? Why are they so important for policy and health promotion? Hint: there is a reason these (they are usually listed as a group of 7 or so) things are the number 1 targets for most health and wellness campaigns.
Health lifestyles are aspects of health that can be managed in order to live a longer, higher quality life with less illness. The American Heart Association lists “Seven small steps to big changes,” or “Life’s Simple 7” (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/My-Life-Check---Lifes-Simple-7_UCM_471453_Article.jsp#.VvRqg0fqM4A). They include: managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting active, eating better, losing weight, and stopping smoking. Each of these have evidence that supports their importance in living a healthy life. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke. High blood sugar levels can cause damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Physical activity increases quality and length of life. Healthy diets (like ones that cut down on red meats and increase vegetables and fruit intake) improve overall wellbeing and fight cardiovascular disease (CVD). Finally, cigarette smokers have a higher risk of CVD (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/My-Life-Check---Lifes-Simple-7_UCM_471453_Article.jsp#.VvRqg0fqM4A). These aspects are important for health…

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