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March 16, 2020

Good Health Is Not Just Good Luck 

Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

If you’re one of those people who considers themselves lucky to be in good health, you may be counting on a fake pot of gold this St. Patrick’s Day. While genetics and good fortune do play a role, it’s not just by chance that some people get the flu and some people get diabetes. Science tells us that healthy habits and lifestyle choices influence health outcomes, and these habits help people make their own luck: 
 
1.     Eating a nutritious diet 
2.     Getting regular exercise 
3.     Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule 
4.     Not smoking
5.     Getting regular checkups 
6.     Following immunization guidelines 
7.     Treating chronic conditions 
8.     Managing stress 
 
Being healthy is a choice, and it takes dedication. Banking on luck, or settling for the lack thereof, could backfire. A better option is to live a healthy lifestyle and leave the lottery to luck.