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September 2008 Issue

Americans Living Longer, But Healthful Habits Are Still Important

The recent deaths of NBC’s Tim Russert from heart disease and former White House spokesperson Tony Snow from colon cancer, both only in their 50s, seem to fly in the face of recently released statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reveal that Americans are living longer than ever. Our average life expectancy has now reached an all-time high of 78.1 years. The CDC statistics also highlight the fact that death rates from several diseases—including, ironically, heart disease and cancer, as well as stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure—have experienced respectable drops.

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