10 Tips to Get Healthy From an (almost) Expert

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What a great weekend!  I hope yours was wonderful, too.  The biggest change here was the weather which went from really warm to really windy to snowy and cold…typical Utah spring weather.

March is over so it is time to wrap up a month of healthy changes with a few more health-related posts.  First up, I asked my daughter Courtnee to share a few things she has learned while studying Exercise and Wellness at BYU.  Here are her current Top 10:

1. Exercise can have the same effect as an anti-depressant

2. Drinking grape juice can prevent atherosclerosis (plaque build up in your arteries), decreasing your risk of heart attacks

3. Studies have found that women who practice healthy lifestyle habits are happier and less likely to develop eating disorders than "skinny" women

4. Statistically, 1 in 3 women will develop cancer sometime in their lifetime - the most common forms being breast cancer and lung cancer

5. Strenuous exercise has been linked to decreased incidence of breast cancer

6. Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic and is not without its lasting complications.  Some of these include decreased self-esteem, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, and back pain

7. Eating a balanced breakfast has been linked to a decrease in body fat

8. The BMI is a good guide for the weight that an average person should be at for their height, however it does not take into account muscle mass, individuality, etc.  It should be used as a loose guide, not as doctrine

9. Each drink of alcohol consumed increases an individual's risk of developing cancer

10. Even though total fat intake has decreased in the past couple decades, total body fat is increasing due to an intake of saturated and trans fat and a decrease in healthy fatty acids.

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