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AMA Aims to Help Americans Get Healthier One Step at a Time
Date:10/20/2008

long day, go out for a walk. It's a great way to

unwind and relax and get exercise too.

"Nearly half of Americans are living with often-preventable chronic diseases, conditions that limit their quality of life and cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars a year to treat," said Dr. Rohack. "Getting regular, preventive health care can reduce the cost burden for the individual patient and the entire health care system by helping to catch illnesses earlier when they are easier to treat and less costly."

For more in-depth information on healthy lifestyles, patients can look to the recently released American Medical Association Guide to Prevention and Wellness. This book describes the foundations of good health, from reducing stress to recommended screening tests. It provides advice on how to reduce health risks and help prevent major illnesses.

"It's important to remember that making strides towards a healthier lifestyle is not an all-or-nothing process," said Dr. Rohack. "Every step counts and it's never too late to start."


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