48 words to good health?

OMG I love this “How to Be Healthy, in Just 48 Words” in the NYT:

Don’t smoke(2).

Get vaccinated (4).

Avoid trans fats(7).

Replace saturated fats with unsaturated if you can(15).

Cook from whole ingredients — and minimize restaurant meals(23).

Minimize ultraprocessed foods(26).

Cultivate relationships(28).

Nurture sleep(30).

Drink alcohol at most moderately(35).

Exercise as often as you can enjoy(42).

Drink only the calories you love(48).

I’m doing pretty damn good on most of these.  Could probably do better with fewer restaurant meals and more whole ingredients (but, really, is my daily restaurant-made pizza slice so bad?).  Also, as I think I’ve mentioned earlier, I think the “ultraprocessed” definition is too broad.  Pop tarts and granola bars are “ultra processed.”  But, so is Kashi Go Lean which I have for breakfast everyday (with fresh blueberries and raspberries) and has a hell of a good nutrition profile in my book.

Anyway, not a bad general guideline for healthy living.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to 48 words to good health?

  1. Andrew Oh-Willeke says:

    The diet and exercise piece gets much harder when you are well into the obese range, and certainly, those 48 words are neither sufficient to prevent you from becoming obese or to allow you to lose weight if you are.

    It also omits most mental health and safety points, let alone dental heath.

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