I don’t know about you, but I get a little weary of hearing about all the things my family and I shouldn’t do, health-wise.
That’s why I’m all over the book, Longevity Made Simple (Williams Clark Publishing; $13.95) by Richard J. Flanigan, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of cardiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Kate Flanigan Sawyer, M.D., MPH, a medical officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Together, this father-daughter team presents simple strategies that focus on preventing the top 10 diseases that kill more than 75 percent of Americans. The good news: Exercising just 30 minutes a day can help prevent all 10 of them. Try finding a pill that does all that.
Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be all that complicated, either. The authors recommend these “superfoods” for your family:
Almonds and walnuts
Cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and bok choy
Fat-free or 1-percent milk
Garlic and onions
Red wine (no more than one 5-ounce glass per day for women)
Tea (green or black)
Vegetable juice (try reduced-sodium juice or make your own with whole veggies in a blender)
OK, this I can do. Today I’ll grab my son and we’ll walk the dog for 15 minutes, I’ll do 15 minutes of an aerobics DVD and I’ll make a 15-minute family dinner of broiled salmon, spinach salad and microwaved sweet potatoes.
Check out the book for more simple ways to improve your family’s health. It’s easy, I promise. Here’s t a healthy 2010!