Living healthy is never a walk in the path; however, it is achievable with commitment. One can decide to make right decisions and steps today that will ensure a healthier tomorrow. Healthy living is profitable in many ways. Evidently, individuals who have embraced a healthy lifestyle enjoy long and fulfilling lives. It is unfortunate to note that very few individuals in the US stay healthy. According to the report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, one person spends an average of $9,000 on health care. Additionally, one in every five children is raised in poverty while countless people are addicted to drugs. Many people in America are equally lovers of junk and fast foods, which to a great extent affects their life spans. According to CDC, 80 percent of American adults are likely to be overweight by 2030.
A look into the Blue Zones, which include the Islands of Okinawa, Sardinia, Loma Linda, Nicoya Peninsula, and Ikaria, it is evident that a plant-based diet guarantees long life. People living in these areas enjoy natural foods, take their Sabbath days seriously, and practice “The Power Nine” lessons. These lessons include moving naturally, having the right outlook, eating wisely, applying the 80 percent Rule, and belonging to the right tribe. People at the Blue Zones treasure their families and spend a lot of time together hence creating a healthy social environment (Buettner 120), which boosts their immunity. Children also grow up with their grandparents close to them. Research reveals that such children have lower mortality rates since they are healthier. Healthy dishes can be introduced in local restaurants by simply having their names changed. With this, the world will become a better place with healthier people.
Buettner, Dan. The Blue Zones: Lessons for living longer from the people who’ve lived the longest. National Geographic Society, 2012.