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If we can extend our healthy lifespan -  our healthspan - we're all winners, other than those who make money out of sickness.  

Good health and function across multiple systems in our bodies is essential for building the resilience we need to deal with life's challenges. Seventy percent of deaths worldwide are the result of non-communicable disease like cancer, heart disease and diabetes and are preventable, according to the World Health Organization. Not only that, shocking figures from the US's Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Health Index reveal chronic disease is striking at ever younger ages. This means we're spending an ever greater proportion of our lives in ill health - unnecessarily. Not enough of us learn how to be healthy or stay healthy. Or staying healthy is viewed as being too expensive and something that's not relevant for people who have less means.

What if it doesn't have to be this way? What if there's another way - one that promotes health and increases not just your lifespan, but, more importantly, your healthspan?

The good news is: there is! Even better you can make changes at any age, although the earlier you start the better. You no longer have to be defined by the health of your forebears. Never underestimate what you can do with the right tools.

Part one of our new Health Hack series provides your first set of tools to help you rewrite your book of life and embrace change so you, your family and friends can all enjoy a healthy, vital future living life to the full.

The choice is yours.

Look out for Part Two next week.

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