Seven habits of healthy people

Good health magazine
Monday, August 20, 2012
7 Habits of Health People
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The Almeda 7 refers to seven health habits that research has linked to a longer, healthier life. The list is named after Almeda county in the US where the then pioneering research was conducted in 1965, explains Dr Lynn Ward of the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide.

The seven health habits are:

  • Sleeping for seven to eight hours per night
  • Eating breakfast regularly
  • Avoiding snacking
  • Maintaining a desirable weight for height
  • Being a non-smoker
  • Limiting alcohol consumption (defined as less than 5 drinks at 1 sitting)
  • Exercising

“People with better health habits at midlife and into old age tend to live longer, but they also postpone disability,” says Ward.

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