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How to Live An Extra 7 Years - CHUM FM

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radio chum2Jeff Howatt
April 02, 2012

Unhealthy habits are costing Ontarians 7.5 years of life. However, by reducing five unhealthy behaviours Ontarians could become the healthiest people in the entire country. New research from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Public Health Ontario, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa shows 60 per cent of deaths in Ontario are attributed to smoking, alcohol, poor diet, lack of physical activity and stress but suggests Ontarians could make remarkable gains in life expectancy if we all collectively made changes towards healthier living.

Individually, if we all make one change like smoking less or being more physically active, then collectively we would be significantly healthier and live much longer,says Doug Manuel, lead author and Senior Scientist at ICES and Senior Scientist at OHRI. Overall, Ontarians would gain 7.5 years of life expectancy if everyone were in the healthiest category for all five behavioural risks examined. Smoking, physical inactivity and poor diet each contribute 2 to 2.5 years of lost life expectancy. If everyone modified only their most important health risk, overall life expectancy would increase by up to 3.7 years.

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Seven More Years: The impact of smoking,

alcohol, diet, physical activity and stress on

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