A Healthy Lifestyle for 2005 and Beyond


October 17, 2005  |  

The rules are simple. Eat healthy and exercise. Americans new diet guidelines encourage eating healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low fat dairy products; limiting saturated fats, sugar, alcohol, and salt; and getting plenty of exercise.

“Lifestyle factors now loom as the leading cause of premature death,” said Joseph Scherger, M.D., UCSD Family Medicine. Promoting a healthy lifestyle of being active and eating right must now become a principal focus.” Here are four simple rules to follow

Rule #1 Be Active

The evidence supporting the health benefits of physical activity are compelling. Recent research shows that all physical activity counts, and its benefits are cumulative. Make time for exercise at least five times a week. Rule #1 is as simple as a walk around the block.

Rule #2 Eat Right

Eating right means not consuming more energy (food) than you can burn (exercise). Start a food diary and be flexible. Rule #2 is as simple as trading a doughnut for a piece of fruit.

Rule #3 Sleep Well

A good night’s sleep is good for the body. Poor sleep habits can lead to health problems. Rule #3 is as simple as a good night’s sleep.

Rule #4 Be Happy

Have a positive outlook does have health benefits. Depression is now regarded as a leading cause of disability worldwide. Mental health is critically important to overall health. Rule #3 is as simple as in any way we can, we should have a positive outlook.

Rule #5 Relax

The body and mind need to relax, and probably more often than just during sleeping. As with exercise, we need to make time for this fundamentally healthy activity. Rule #4 is as simple as taking a time out to sit and watch a sunset.

“You are more likely to accomplish and keep up good health habits when you simply follow the rules,” said Dr. Scherger.

#  #  #

News Media Contact
Eileen Callahan

UCSD Health Sciences Communications HealthBeat: /news/

Media Contact

Share This Article

Related News

New technique can reveal previously undetectable bacteria in places where they aren’t wanted — such as a spacecraft assembly facility, a neonatal intensive care unit and an abalone rearing center.
Each year, at precisely the same moment — 12 p.m. on the East coast, 9 a.m. on the West — thousands of graduating medical school students across the country simultaneously tear open an envelope. The s ...
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with local biotechnology company Oncternal Therapeutics, have launched a phase Ib/II clinical trial to evaluate t ...
In clinical trial, treatment significantly reduced liver fat in NAFLD and NASH patients, offering possible new treatment for conditions that currently lack medical remedies.

Follow Us