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Healthy Lifestyle Programs Provide Improved Quality-of-Life

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) The value of a healthy lifestyle isn't reflected only in the numbers on the scale or the blood pressure cuff. University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers demonstrated that it also can be measured through improved "health-related quality of life."
In an analysis…, the scientists showed that participation in a community-based behavioral lifestyle intervention program to improve health not only helped people lose weight, increase their physical activity levels, and reduce their risk of diabetes and heart disease, but also increased their health-related quality of life by an average of nearly 10 percent. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
"These community-based lifestyle intervention programs have additional valuable benefits, beyond the improvement of risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease," said lead author Yvonne L. Eaglehouse, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at Pitt Public Health. "Our study demonstrates that these programs, delivered in diverse community settings such as senior centers and worksites, simultaneously and significantly improved the quality of life of the participants."
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