Live Your Blue Zone Best

You can implement these easy healthy-living strategies anywhere.

Shrink your plate.

According to Brian Wansink, PhD, director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, people who switch from 12- to ten-inch plates consume roughly 23 percent less food.

Start a walking group.

Research shows that people who walk at a brisk pace for more than three hours per week can lower their risk of stroke by 34 percent.

Eat in three nights per week.

Cutting just one meal out might save you hundreds of calories. A recent study found that at chain restaurants, the average meal (consisting of an entrée and one side dish, plus half an appetizer) can pack nearly 1,500 calories.

Give back.

A 2013 report in BMC Public Health found that people who volunteered had a 22 percent lower mortality rate than those who never pitched in.


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