“Lester Breslow, Who Linked Healthy Habits and Long Life, Dies at 97” was the headline for an obituary in today’s New York Times. Dr. Breslow who received his medical degree and master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota, was a pioneer in the field of public health. In 1969, long before people were talking about the “social determinants of health”, he said “In the long run, housing may be more important than hospitals to health.”
His scientific research demonstrated that people who followed seven healthy habits (truly the seven habits of highly effective people) live longer lives. These habits seem so simple – do not smoke, drink in moderation, sleep 7-8 hours a night, exercise at least moderately, eat regular meals, maintain a moderate weight, eat breakfast.
He apparently walked the walk and talked the talk. According to the obituary:
“Dr. Breslow himself did not smoke or drink. He walked regularly, practiced moderation in all things and enjoyed tending his vegetable garden.”
I hope you’ll read the whole article about this very interesting man and his work: