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A Roadmap To Better Health

It is finally here! Our data packed and evidence based book on major issues affecting the health of the U.S. population, including smoking, diet, physical activity, and the policy options to move us in the right direction is now available. You can download a no cost PDF version of this book (and other books from the Roadmap series) from the website of the Arizona State University’s Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program. A paperback version is also available from Amazon (no profits to us). We hope that this book will be useful to a wide range of people interested in the topics of population health, physical activity, exercise and diet. We have focused on basic data related to these topics and what policies might be used to promote healthier lifestyles for both individuals and society as a whole.



2 Responses to “A Roadmap To Better Health”

  1. July 29th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Anthony says:

    Interesting read, and being in slides does make it easier to get through.

    Some of the argument I have seen before (soda serving sizes), but others I haven’t, and never before all in one place. It is a compelling argument, and good luck in promoting change.

    Reading through also made me think about the individual level. Did you have any intention of doing a similar thing, but for the individual who wants to live healthily? It would be fascinating to see a book that wasn’t pushing a particular diet or training program, but was marshalling the evidence and arguments about how best to live your life if you want it to be long and healthy. For example diet, level of physical activity, stress (good, from the latest research I have seen), effects of commuting, income, education, and so on.

    Anyway thanks again for making this available!

  2. August 14th, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Greg says:

    I agree with the material especially the 7 habits and do look at the trends. I also agree it is hard to find anything to improve yourself without going ‘fad’ with the latest diet or exercise program.

    While cycle camping around, I stopped at a bookstore and picked up a book called “Longevity Quotient” by Schneider for $2. While the scores can be somewhat arbitrary (from my view), it is a really good read for improving the individual level.

    Just a personal note, I had one grandparent (maternal) live to 102 without following any trend. She was a farmer’s wife who grew and canned everything. However, my Dad passed away from cancer at 79. He did the 7 habits pretty well, ran many marathons for decades, and was biking 20,000/year in retirement. He wanted to live til he was 100…It seems to come down to living one day at a time and make the most of it for yourself, family, and friends.

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