Healthy Living – The Solution for Poor Health

Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, pulmonary disease…The chronic disease crisis we currently face must be addressed in rapid fashion. Cardiovascular (CV) and pulmonary diseases, diabetes as well as several forms of cancer are leading causes of poor health and death around the world. These conditions have a significant impact on the quality of life of individuals, families and communities, placing an unsustainable burden on health systems. Is there hope for the chronic disease crisis?? Absolutely, these conditions are largely preventable or can be delayed to much later in life through a timeless medicine called healthy living. The key factors of healthy living are physical activity (PA), healthy nutrition, not smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Unfortunately, unhealthy living is spreading quickly across the globe. So what can you do to protect yourself?  Engage a healthy living lifestyle.  An individual can realize significant health benefits, potentially getting an 80% risk reduction in cardiovascular events for example. Other studies have consistently found dramatic reductions in chronic disease risk. Even for those persons at higher risk for CV disease (CVD) due to genetic predisposition, adopting the healthy living model reduces risk by approximately 50%. The science of healthy living supports its practice and such a shift will focus on prolonging the healthspan (i.e., the number of years an individual is healthy and free from debilitating disease) as opposed to the lifespan.

At Essence of Wellness, we focus on improving healthy lifestyle in addition to chiropractic care.  Call our office at (937) 456-4555 for a consultation.


Arena R, McNeil A, Sagner M, Hills AP. The Current Global State of Key Lifestyle Characteristics: Health and Economic Implications. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2017 Mar – Apr;59(5):422-429.

About the Author:

Dean Smith, DC, PhD, husband, and father of two children, is a highly respected health and wellness authority. He is a chiropractor at Essence of Wellness Chiropractic Center and a researcher and clinical professor at Miami University. Dr. Smith incorporates lifestyle intervention (exercise, nutrition, other non-drug methods) with chiropractic adjustments and other manual methods to encourage optimal wellness. He has helped countless adults and children lead a life of wellness. His research interests lie broadly in the area of human movement and coordination. He is most interested in how chiropractic, exercise and rehabilitation affect human performance. His scientific articles have been published in such journals as Human Movement Science, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Chiropractic Research Journal, Chiropractic and Osteopathy and The Open Neurology Journal. His training includes a Master’s degree in exercise science, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a PhD in brain and cognitive science with a focus on motor control and coordination. The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic has awarded him with the International Chiropractic Sport Science Diploma (ICSSD).

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