Lester Breslow (1915-2012), Professor of Public Health University of California, confirmed in his landmark 1965 survey that there were very clear benefits in following what he termed his ?seven healthy habits?. This study has been referred to as one of the most significant in the field of Public Health over the last century. It may seem obvious but it highlights the concept of how health is linked to food and exercise, the very concept put forward by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, over two thousand ago.

Food fashions change and our dietary habits have changed even in the last two decades but it is still the obvious concept of variety and balance that prevails. These were Professor Breslow?s seven Healthy Habits:

  1. No tobacco smoking
  2. Moderate alcohol consumption
  3. Regular Exercise
  4. Seven to eight hours sleep a day
  5. Regular meals with no snacking
  6. Maintenance of moderate body weight
  7. Regular consumption of breakfast

The study findings came from Breslow?s human population laboratory project based in California. The results showed that a 60 year old with all seven habits would be as healthy as a 30 year old with two habits or fewer. Follow up studies years later showed that life expectancy for a 45 year old with at least six habits was 11 years longer than that for a peer with three or fewer.

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