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Simple steps can offer health benefits

Eating at home, light exercise reduces some disease risks, studies find

5:25pm, November 9, 2015
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LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY   Making small changes, such as eating more meals at home, might be all it takes to reduce the risk of disease.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Simple changes like regularly getting up from your chair, eating an extra homemade meal or two, and running errands on foot might substantially reduce your future risk of disease. Several new studies presented at the American Heart Association’s annual scientific sessions suggest that such small lifestyle adjustments can have big health payoffs, even for people with diabetes.

Public health officials recommend 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Yet only one in three U.S. adults gets that much, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One reason may be that 30 minutes of brisk walking or cycling “sets the bar too high” for some and they get discouraged, said Bronwyn Kingwell of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

But studies that she and others presented show that health gains can occur from doing much less. Where you live, how you get to work, how

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