Health Counts

  • 52% increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality for people who spend more than 4 hours daily in front of a TV or computer screen. 
  • 1 Billion – Number of people in 19 countries who are now covered by laws requiring large, graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging; nearly double the number two years ago, when only about 547 million people were covered in 16 countries according to WHO. 
  • 8% reduction in the risk of hypertension in people who eat blueberries and strawberries vs. those who don’t eat similar dietary flavonoid foods; this is particularly true for people less than 60 years old. 
  • 600 IU’s – Men who consume at least this much Vitamin D each day are 16% less likely to suffer a heart attack than those who get little of the vitamin in their diet. 
  • 1 in 6 – Proportion of children and teenagers in the U.S. who are obese.  This number has increased 3 fold from a generation ago.
  • A new study on diet soda concluded that those who drank two or more diet soft drinks a day had the largest waistline increases,  5X more than that of non-diet drinkers. 

Excerpt from ‘To Your Health’ magazine, September/October 2011