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Step 1: Get the Facts
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Step 1: Get the Facts
We are bombarded every day with conflicting information about our health. Is it better to eat a low-carb diet or a balanced diet? Should we be physically active three times a week or five times a week? And how can we be expected to follow any of these recommendations when we're always so busy?

It's no wonder that many of us throw up our hands and give up. But if we want to live long and fulfilling lives, it's essential that we learn the real facts about health, nutrition, and physical activity.

Luckily, the real facts are pretty straightforward. All you really need to know about a healthy lifestyle is:

* Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grain products -- and be sure to control portion sizes.

* Get physically active at least five times a week, for thirty minutes or more.

* Avoid tobacco and illegal drugs altogether.

Sounds simple, right? Well, if it were that easy, we'd all be effortlessly fit and healthy.

Today's lifestyle doesn't allow much room for health. And that's where Small Steps comes in. We know that it's impossible for many people to make dramatic lifestyle changes. Instead, we want to help you learn ways that you can change small things about your life and see big results.

Explore this section further to get more in-depth facts about health, diet, and activity. And check out the Small Steps section to see what you can do to change your life.










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