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Healthy LifeThe continuing rise of lifestyle-related diseases and chronic disorders means that we need to take a fresh look at health and healthcare, and to remember that prevention is better than cure. Our busy lifestyles can be hard on our family’s health. Rushing to and from school and work can make it hard to find time to be physically active. We can also slip into the habit of choosing unhealthy snacks and take-away foods or spending our free time watching TV or in front of the computer. Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. In fact, research shows that people who regularly eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight.

Insomnia and not getting a good night’s sleep can be frustrating and impact on your day to day living and quality of life. Sleep problems can be caused by changes in your daily routine, times of worry, a new baby, shift work or sleep apnoea, but the good news is there are many things you can do to help yourself.

Real change to community health improvement and lifestyles will be driven by a collaborative commitment to high ideals and sustainability. PacificSource has the opportunity to collaborate and partner with individuals, organizations and other key stakeholders to support and create meaningful change in the communities we serve.

People who prepare food should avoid using grease or frying foods in grease. Physical inactivity and lack of exercise contribute to weight gain. The EHEMU database provides European life and health expectancy data including a calculation guide, reports and analyses. Download Losing weight: Getting started , a 12-week weight loss guide that combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity.

Tobacco use causes atherosclerotic arterial disease (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and lack of blood flow to the lower extremities. Tobacco use causes an estimated 20%-30% of coronary heart disease in the U.S. It also further increases the risk of heart attacks among subjects with elevated cholesterol, uncontrolled hypertension , obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle.