These 5 Habits Can Add 14 Healthy Years to Your Life.

NEWS: 5 Habits Can Add 14 Healthy Years to Your Life, According to Science

Science confirms what we know from our research and study of centenarians in “Blue Zones” regions.

The longest-lived people in the world share nine commonalities: they move naturally in their daily lives; eat a plant-slant diet, go to happy hour and drink Wine at 5; they wake up in the morning with purpose; find ways to down shift and shed stress; eat to 80 percent full; belong to faith-based communities; always put family first; and have close friends with similar values – we call these the Power 9.

According to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, five very similar lifestyle habits have been shown to increase life expectancy at age 50 by 12 to 14 years. The study is the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of adopting low-risk lifestyle factors on life expectancy in the U.S.

Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health looked at the following to determine how they affect longevity:

Not smoking
Eating a healthy diet
Regularly exercising
Keeping a healthy body weight
Moderate alcohol consumption

Along with lifestyle and medical data from adults in the Nurses’ Health Study, the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), as well as mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers determined that in the more than 30 years of follow-up, following all five lifestyle habits improved projected life expectancy at age 50 by 14.0 years for women and 12.2 years for men.

“This study underscores the importance of following healthy lifestyle habits for improving longevity in the U.S. population,” said Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study. “However, adherence to healthy lifestyle habits is very low. Therefore, public policies should put more emphasis on creating healthy food, built, and social environments to support and promote healthy diet and lifestyles.”

Exercise and cancer treatment

Exercise should be prescribed to all cancer patients, and not to do so would be harmful, some of Australia’s leading experts on cancer have warned.

The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia has launched its position statement on the role of exercise alongside surgery, chemotherapy or radiation in cancer care.

Endorsed by a group of 25 influential health and cancer organisations, including Cancer Council Australia, it is the first researcher-led push anywhere in the world for exercise to be an essential component of treatment.




Using Behavioral Science To Build An Exercise Habit

Too little exercise is responsible for 9% of premature deaths worldwide, and we know that physical activity improves mental health as well as reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

In spite of that, less than half of Americans exercise as much as they should.

So what is the problem?

It is  the same challenge that stands in the way of attaining most goals: a combination of forgetfulness, procrastination, and limited motivation.

Thankfully, the field of behavioral science has solutions to offer.


Scheduling workouts with other people has many scientifically-proven benefits.

Finding a workout buddy ensures you’ll be held accountable for skipping a visit.

It also makes exercise more fun (assuming you pick a buddy you like), and builds on the fact that we like to do the same things we see our friends doing.

The next time you want to kick-start an exercise routine, find a workout buddy to help.

Want To Be Creative. Take A Walk!


When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck.

But according to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo,

getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing.

In this fun, fast talk, she explains how walking could help you get the most out of your next brainstorm.

To walk or to run, that is often the question?

Many people wonder whether it is better for your health to do occasional intense workouts or daily low-level activity.

New research from the American Heart Association suggests that it doesn’t matter, as long as your workouts fall into one category: aerobic exercise.

That means that whether you’re signed up for a twice-weekly spinning class or you simply move around a lot throughout the day, your body and brain will reap the benefits.


Why dance is just as important as math in school

Lou Aronica

Dance — and physical activity — should have the same status in schools as math, science and language.

Psst: it may even help raise test scores, says Sir Ken Robinson.

For several years, I have been a patron of the London School of Contemporary Dance.

In 2016, I was invited to give the annual lecture in honor of founding principal Robert Cohan,

and I decided to talk about the role of dance in schools.

Why dance is just as important as math in school

China as a Endurance Running PowerHouse

Alvie Pearce-Higgins

Chinese burn: how the Peoples Republic has become an endurance-running superpower.

From just a handful of marathons a few years ago, the popularity of running has exploded, with competitors demanding tougher challenges that are bringing in runners from all over the world.

Exercise and the Brain


Wendy Suzuki

Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory — and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers.


Wendy Suzuki is researching the science behind the extraordinary, life-changing effects that physical activity can have on the most important organ in your body: your brain.

Motivation and Exercise


Emily Balcetisat

Why some people find exercise harder than others.

Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds?

Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: our vision.

In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently, and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.