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Infographic: The need for a global healthy living medicine strategy
  1. Ross Arena1,
  2. Bruno Paula Caraça Smirmaul2
  1. 1 Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  2. 2 Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Educação, Rio Claro, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ross Arena, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL 60612, USA; raarena{at}uic.edu

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Leading an unhealthy lifestyle, specifically being physically inactive, consuming foods with low nutritional value, smoking and maintaining excess body mass, begets a substantially higher risk for a myriad of chronic diseases [eg, cardiovascular disease (CVD)] , adverse health events (eg, myocardial infarction) and premature mortality.1 From an economic perspective, caring for individuals demonstrating an unhealthy lifestyle phenotype come at a much higher cost, through more frequent hospitalisations, surgeries, pharmacological therapies and so on (figure 1).1 2 Individuals who demonstrate healthy living characteristics have a …

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