How to Reduce Major Health Risk Factors

Eating a healthy diet and exercising could help you avoid major health risks.

Condensed from from Reader's Digest, | November 2010
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No disrespect meant to miracle drugs, but a few commonsensical health rules may offer your most powerful defense against disease. A major new study shows that people who avoid smoking, exercise three and a half hours a week, maintain a body mass index of less than 30 (the cutoff point for obesity), and eat a diet favoring fruits, vegetables, and whole grains cut their risk of developing diabetes, heart attack, stroke, or cancer by a whopping 78 percent.

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