The Healthy Dozen – 12 Keys to Living Longer

Did you know that genetics account for only 25 percent of your chances of living to age 85? The rest is determined by your environment and lifestyle. Here are 12 ways to live longer.

1. Laugh More
Laughing appears to boost blood flow by more than 20 percent and may reduce the risk of heart disease.

2. Eat More Garlic
Garlic has been called nature’s antibiotic. It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helps fight infection and boosts immunity.

3. Drink More Tea
The antioxidants in tea may slow the growth of cancer cells, increase bone density and improve heart health.

4. Drink More Water
It is an easy way to improve your digestion and increase the absorption of nutrients.

5. Use the Buddy System
Research suggests that friends help people live longer.

6. Take It Easy
Relaxation reduces blood pressure and helps reduce stress-related conditions such as depression.

7. Get a Dog
Having a pet, especially a dog, reduces anxiety and helps us laugh. A dog can also motivate people to walk more often.

8. Consider the Glass Half Full
People with a positive outlook on life decrease their risk of early death by 50 percent!

9. Feed Your Sweet Tooth
Chocolate contains antioxidants, which prevent or delay damage to the body’s cells and tissues.

10. Find a New Hobby
Whether it be gardening or woodworking, having a hobby can lower stress, improve sleep and increase your sense of happiness.

11. Volunteer
People who volunteer tend to lose weight, have less heart disease and report being happier.

12. Embrace Your Religion
People who regularly attend worship services may reduce their mortality by 55 percent, especially between the ages of 40 and 65.

Sources: AARP, realbuzz.com, Scientific American

Marketing Application
Health and wellness is a relevant healthcare topic at any point during the year. Therefore, it is appropriate to raise awareness about the wide range of primary care and other specialized health services available through your hospital and clinics, such as annual wellness checks, preventive screenings, fitness, nutrition and more. Internal and family medicine providers and certain other specialists are appropriate voices to promote this awareness. Effective marketing tools might include social media, digital media and print, in tandem with a strong call to action to learn more about and to schedule an appointment with a local provider or primary care provider.

About Brentwood Communications, Inc.
Brentwood Communications specializes in healthcare marketing. Through our monthly AdBank subscription service, thousands of field-tested marketing materials — including content related to women’s health — are available and can be easily customized to reflect your hospital or clinic’s existing brand.

Click here to discover more about AdBank and how Brentwood Communications specializes in providing marketing support for non-urban hospitals.

Brentwood Communications also helps hospitals stay in touch with their communities through an informative and cost-effective digital and printed magazine called My Hometown Health, a powerful tool to help promote better health and raise awareness of key services available at the hospital. Actress and Singer/Songwriter Rita Wilson is featured in our current Fall 2022 issue, which focuses on cancer care. Rita talks openly about her breast cancer diagnosis and the healing power of music and a positive outlook.

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