A new study shows that if Americans practice five beneficial daily health behaviors, they have the potential to support their wellness.

A recently published Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, based on 30 years of data, outlines a five-point prevention plan and the five health-related behaviors:

  1. Not smoking
  2. Getting plenty of exercise
  3. Limiting alcohol consumption
  4. Maintaining a healthy body weight and healthy body composition
  5. Sleeping seven or more hours per day

Researchers from the CDC reported that only 6.3% of U.S. adults say they’ve adopted these five healthy habits. Of nearly 400,000 adults surveyed, 81.6% were current non-smokers, only half got the recommended amount of exercise, and roughly 37% reported unhealthy amounts of sleep and alcohol consumption.

Significantly, only a third of respondents to the CDC researchers reported a normal weight. Indeed, people’s weight is trending in the wrong direction around the world. According to a recent report released by the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, in which global statistics were compiled from 19 million people in 200 countries:

Promoting balanced nutrition and a healthy active lifestyle

The benefits of prevention and adherence to the five health-related behaviors are well documented, but too many people, especially in underserved communities, are falling short. This is why a new approach and new strategies are needed to promote and reinforce these health-related behaviors.

Herbalife supports the healthy lifestyle guidelines issued in the CDC report. Our global nutrition philosophy is based on balanced nutrition and leading a healthy, active life. The balanced nutrition comes from making the right food choices. A healthy, active life includes getting plenty of daily activity, regular exercise to support fitness. And the philosophy also calls for monitoring caloric intake to maintain healthy body weight, get adequate hydration and get plenty of sleep.

This global nutrition philosophy is very often put into practice at Herbalife Nutrition Clubs. A Nutrition Club is a place for people to practice and reinforce some of the positive behaviors identified by the CDC. A club is also a setting where people can:

Now that the CDC has identified these five tips to support wellness, it will take the collective effort of everyone in society to put them into widespread practice.

Susan Bowerman

Susan BowermanM.S., R.D., CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – Sr. Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training

Susan Bowerman is the senior director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Dietetic Advisory Board (DAB). As a registered dietitian, she educates distributors about our global nutrition philosophy and is responsible for developing nutrition education and training materials. Bowerman earned a B.S. in Biology with distinction from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University. She is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and holds two board certifications as a specialist in Sports Dietetics and in Obesity and Weight Management. When she is not busy teaching and writing, Susan enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and gardening. Her favorite Herbalife products include Simply Probiotic and Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix Banana Caramel.