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Poor Economy, Better Health?

Poor Economy, Better Health?

An economic crisis seems more like a reason for excess cheeseburgers and cancelled gym memberships than it does a time for improving personal health. Unemployment and a lack of money can lead to several health problems, including higher obesity rates, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
 
Some experts are saying the poor economy can also lead to better overall societal health. It has been proven that a recession leads to less traffic accidents, smoking, obesity and drinking. Now, that is not to say that a bad economy is oh-so-fabulous, but here are a few things you can do to make this recession a healthful one:
 
* Swap beef, chicken and fish for beans. Not only will you be saving some serious money, but beans are great source of protein and fiber. And the occasional vegetarian meal is great for your heart. Try pairing beans with veggies and brown rice.
 
* Cut back on gas. Take the train, bus, subway or hop on a bike. The bonus: Trekking it to public transportation or pedaling your way from point A to B will help you squeeze in some cardio.
 
* Quit smoking. When times are tight, cutting back on your nicotine habit will improve your health and help you save some dough. Make a pact with a smoking friend to cut the habit together or look into a local support group where you can meet up with other people who are trying to kick nicotine.
 
We want to know: How are you making the best of this suffering economy? [Los Angeles Times]

Posted: 8/26/08