Drinking tea. Research has shown that drinking green or black tea reduces death from cardiovascular disease, that is, heart attack and stroke. Just one or two cups a day can provide you with the catechins to significantly help. But make sure it's been freshly brewed. "Once water is added to tea leaves, their catechins degrade within a few days," says Jeffrey Blumberg, a professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University.
Also, avoid adding milk, which seems to cancel tea's heart-healthiness. Enjoying walking. No matter how much body fat you have, walking for about 30 minutes a day will extend your life considerably over those who don't, according to a study on 2,603 people.
Other research has shown that even overweight women can improve their heart health by adding 10 minutes of activity to their day. Being a healthy-weight teen. Overweight adolescents seem to have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood than their more-slender peers.
And adult diabetes sufferers have a two to four times greater chance of developing heart disease than other adults, according to the American Heart Association. A distaste for burgers. A major report by the American Institute for Cancer Research has determined that eating more than 18 ounces of red meat a week increases your risk of colorectal cancer.
And eating 3 ½ ounces a day of processed meat, such as hot dogs, bacon and deli meats, does the same. "You can have an occasional hot dog at a baseball game, but just don't make it a habit," says Karen Collins, an AICR nutrition adviser.
Having been a college freshman. For some reason, the more education you have, the less likely you are to smoke - and smoking is a real longevity killer. A Harvard Medical School study showed that people with more education than just high school (even just one year of college) live 18 months longer than the less educated.