DIY Checkup: Longterm Priorities for a Healthy Life

Monday, June 21, 2010

How do we plan for a longer, healthier life?  According to an Annals of Internal Medicine study, there are four simple priorities people need to have in order to get healthy: quit smoking; eat five servings of fruits or vegetables each day; get to a "healthy" weight; and exercise vigorously for 100 minutes each week.

These priorities seem obvious, but Newsweek's Kate Dailey says most Americans are failing at following these four simple rules.  Dailey discusses how this failure can actually be beneficial when it helps us discover where our weaknesses lie.  We'll also hear from Dr. Andrea Price, an OB-GYN at Women's Health Alliance of New Jersey, who says although these priorities are important, they should be tailored to each person.


Kate Dailey and Dr. Andrea Price

Produced by:

Mary Harris

Comments [4]

Robert Oliva, ND from Floral Park

The four priorities mentioned in the program are very good. The issue is to help people incorporate these things into their lives. When we use the word priority, it's important to stress that a priority is something we give time to. Our lives are structured in ways that mitigate against health. Restructuring is an important element in achieving the program's health priorities. Assisting people to take the important steps to change their lives cannot be underestimated. Living a healthy life style can be fun and rewarding but it takes an initial commitment to break the addiction to all those things that stop us from being as healthy and as happy as we can be.

Jun. 22 2010 09:31 AM
Hugh Appet

One of the doctors mentioned as an example, someone who has not been to a doctor in five years. How about 20? Why don't insurance companies make it mandatory? The big thing, for me, is phobia. I tried making an appointment w/my forcibly chosen primary care doctor under my health plan. The phone receptionist was so brusk that I couldn't get out what I needed to. So no appointment.

As for one of the four things, quitting smoking. Like BP, why shouldn't the tobacco companies be required to pay the cost of quitting. Nicorette is expensive. I should get reimbursed. I am now trying Xyban, The doctor visit cost me $200 bucks. Warnings, psa's, scare tactics. If smoking is so bad and costs the states so much in medical expenses, why not HELP people quit and make the companies that got them addicted pay the cost?

Jun. 21 2010 12:51 PM

Today is my rest day. Resting 3 days a week after working out very hard on 3 days a week helps avoid the grind of having to exercise every day. It also gives my muscles time to recover. I've lost 30 lbs in a year, and after trying for years, this time has been easy. And fun, fun, fun.

Jun. 21 2010 08:07 AM
annad856 from New York

Genuinely idiotic society. How one can psychobabble about fruits and vegetables ...but not to mention barbaric American workplace and barbaric American reality in general. Unlike paid (for collaboration) psychobabblers, most people, abused, exploited, destroyed, don't have any energy for themselves, their families, communities, country and the world. Dear psychobabblers, in spite of what Thacher and Reagan taught you, society (look up the word) exists and this fact matters.

Jun. 21 2010 08:04 AM

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