Life-Style Part 4

Life-Style Part 4

We’re continuing to explore the idea of taking an active role in our LIFE by considering the STYLE in which we live. We chose three of the major lifestyle factors that are predictors and also managers of our overall health. We know that modern medicine has its place as part of treatment plans for some, but the daily habits we allow or lead in our lives also carries weight. Diet and exercise were our first two and today, let’s talk about smoking and chewing.

In January of 2020, the Harvard School of Public Health released an article that shared:

Maintaining five healthy habits—eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, not drinking too much alcohol, and not smoking—at middle-age may increase years lived free of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

They found that women who practiced four or five of the healthy habits at age 50 lived an average of 34.4 more years free of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, compared to 23.7 healthy years among women who practiced none of these healthy habits. Men practicing four or five healthy habits at age 50 lived 31.1 years free of chronic disease, compared to 23.5 years among men who practiced none. Men who were current heavy smokers, and men and women with obesity, had the lowest disease-free life expectancy

Here’s another fact Harvard shares, “Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States despite five decades of anti-smoking campaigns.” 

We know that nicotine is the addictive substance present in tobacco products like cigarettes. So this post is not to shame and point the finger at you or someone you love. Today, we would like to empower you and let you know that we get it…quitting is hard. Even if you know smoking is unhealthy, that doesn’t make it an easy lifestyle habit to stop. But we do want to make sure that you know you are not alone and when the time is right and you are ready to lead yourself to a healthier lifestyle by ditching smoking or chewing, you can do it AND you have support. 

Check with your organization’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or your wellness clinic operated by Marathon Health. Additionally. Colorado QuitLine is another tremendous resource.


By Victoria Emmitt RD

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