There are five basic activities – eating, drinking, breathing, exercise, and goal setting – that shape your health for better or worse depending on how you do them. 

If you do them right, you are a healthy person, says H. Robert Silverstein, Medical Director of the Preventative Medicine Center. If you do them wrong, you run the risk of developing disease.

It’s that simple. However, as Silverstein points out, maintaining healthy habits in our society is easier said than done. And so the idea is to make individuals self-reliant, says Silverstein in a lesson on Big Think Edge, the only forum on YouTube designed to help you get the skills you need to be successful in a rapidly changing world.

Arming people with the information they need to be self-reliant will help people avoid costly medical care, surgeries, expensive medications and their side effects. In the video below, Silverstein addresses ways to analyze your habits. 

For instance, what habits would you most like to break? Have you ever successfully replaced a bad habit with a good one? If so, how did you do it? In what areas of your life are your habits the healthiest, in your opinion? Where did these habits come from? 

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