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OVER HALF of all serious disease in the U.S. could be prevented with healthier lifestyles. By following these nine lifestyle recommendations, you can lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Before you know it, you’ll also have more energy and get a boost to your mood.

So take control of your health, and encourage your family to do the same. Choose one or two behaviors to start with. Once you’ve got those down, move on to the others.

Moderate drinking is good for the heart, as many people already know, but it can also increase the risk of cancer. If you don't drink, don't feel that you need to start. If you already drink moderately (less than 1 drink a day for women, less than 2 drinks a day for men), there's probably no reason to stop. People who drink more, though, should cut back.

Tips
  • Choose non-alcoholic beverages at meals and parties.
  • Avoid occasions centered around alcohol.
  • Talk to a health care professional if you feel you have a problem with alcohol.
For parents and grandparents
  • Avoid making alcohol an essential part of family gatherings.
  • When appropriate, discuss the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse with children. A health care professional or school counselor can help.