Making the Better Choice-How Our Choices Affect our Health

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Did you know that diet can be related to about 60% of all cancer cases? ("How Does My Diet Affect My Health?.") Did you know that 7,300 people die in the U.S. alone because of second hand smoke, even though they were nonsmokers? ( "Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke.") Finally, did you know that if you drink one 12-ounce can of soda everyday for a year, by the end of that year you will have consumed a total of about 35 pounds of sugar? ("Just One Soda Per Day.") Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Lifestyle choices affect your overall health. Our lifestyle choices affect our health and sometimes the health of others. So what lifestyle is the most important? Physical exercise is one of the most important lifestyle choices. We have known since before the Middle Ages of the benefits of regular physical activity. Studies began in about the 1950’s to discover how exercise improved health ("Physical Exercise"). According to the website “Physical Activity and Health”, exercise can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, some cancers, and improve mental health and mood. It also decreases one’s risk of cardiovascular diseases because it gives you more “good” cholesterol and keeps blood flowing smoothly ("Fitness."). So, what about the things that can happen if you don’t get enough exercise? According to the web page "Exercise Trends," “Each year at least 1.9 million people die as a result of physical inactivity. ”Physical inactivity has also been linked to

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