In public health, “lifestyle” generally means a pattern of individual practices and personal behavioral choices that are related to elevated or reduced health risk. Since the mid-1970s, there has been a growing recognition of the significant contribution of personal behavior choices to health risk.
Equally important, illnesses attributable to lifestyle choices play a role in reducing health-related quality of life and in creating health disparities among different segments of the population.
Lifestyles are born of a multitude of causes, from childhood determinants to personality makeup to influences in the cultural, physical, economic, and political environments. Thus, efforts to encourage good health practices should also promote environments that support them.
Mindfulness is linked to self-regulation throughout the day, and that this may be an important way that mindfulness contributes to better emotional and physical well-being in our daily life or lifestyle. A new study from the University of Utah shows that individuals who describe themselves as being more mindful have more stable emotions and perceive [...]
The health message has excellent penetration. Few people are unaware of the benefits that come from adopting a healthy lifestyle – doing more physical activity and exercise, eating better, stopping smoking and drinking less alcohol. But the recent Health Survey showed very clearly that whilst most people know about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, [...]
Maintaining an active lifestyle is an important part of a healthy life. There are many benefits attached to leading an active and healthy lifestyle. Very often as people grow older they begin to lead a less active life. This leads to various ailments. The fact is that one can easily lead an active and healthy [...]
A new study reinforce the public health message that both a physically active lifestyle and a normal body weight are important for increasing longevity. The challenge is getting people to act on the knowledge that physical activity is important for health. In this study, researchers have quantified how many years of life are gained by [...]
Breast cancer risk can be decreased by up to 38% through lifestyle factors including maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. In fact, less than 10% of breast cancer appears to have a genetic basis. For prevention of breast cancer, limiting alcohol to one drink a day (5 ounces of wine, [...]
Stress is a process, not a diagnosis. Stress is experienced when there is an imbalance between the demands being made on us and our resources to cope with those demands. The level and extent of stress a person may feel depends a great deal on their attitude to a particular situation. An event which may [...]
Happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day. This is roughly 500 grams of fruits and vegetables everyday. Economists and public health researchers from the University of Warwick studied the eating habits of 80,000 people in Britain. Researchers found mental wellbeing appeared to rise with [...]
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and now eating an apple a day might in fact help keep the cardiologist away, new research suggests. In a study of healthy, middle-aged adults, consumption of one apple a day for four weeks lowered by 40 percent blood levels of a substance linked to hardening of [...]
While most people want to lose weight, get fitter, get healthier … it can be tough forming the habits. You need to eat healthily most of the time (with regular indulgences) and you need to stick to a meal plan and avoid junk food most of the time.
A lifestyle that features fresh foods and limited use of products likely to contain environmental chemicals has been shown to reduce exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), such as BPA and phthalates. EDCs are linked to a number of adverse health complications including neuro-developmental delays, behavioral issues and fertility problems.