S: Hey? Guys! How are you?
O: Oh, hi! I’m fine, thank you.
L: Me too. What about you?
S: I’m in the green! You know I’ve changed my life in some ways according to an article. Oh, have you read this article?
O: Which one do you mean?
L: Oh, probably I’ve understood what Sveta is talking about. You mean the article in our university newspaper about a healthy lifestyle. Am I right?
S: Absolutely. So have you read it?
O: Yes, I saw something last week.
L: Yeah, me too. Some time ago.
S: So what’s your opinion about it?
O: I’ve found rather useful, you know.
L: In what way?
O: Well, there is a part about planning of the day. Of course, I knew about it’s importance but I had no idea what consequences it could have.
L: Oh, yeah, for me it was extremely useful too because I often overwork and don’t sleep enough time and and besides I’m always dog-tired and in the black mood all that can cause diseases of cardiovascular system , diabetes, over-weighting, hypersomnia and insomnia…
S: And, of course, neurological problems. It’s very dangerous. So you should plan your day more carefully and sleep enough. I try to go to bed at the sane time every day and not very late.
O: So you keep a kind of a timetable?
S: It’ s possible to say like that.
O: Isn’t it boring? I mean to do every day the same things at the same time?
S: Well, I do not do everything in a special unchangeable order but sometimes following the plan help to do work more efficiently.
O: There is something in what you’re saying. As you said, Lera, one of the possible disorders of unhealthy sleeping is overweighting. Nowadays it’s very topical problem. More than a billion people in the world suffer from it. This problem is becoming global!
L: And this is the reason of the heart diseases, diabetes, strokes, problems with liver and many others.
S: So everyone should keep himself fit with exercises, sport and healthy diet.
O: I wonder if you could give me some detailed information about diet.
L: Well, first of all you need to eat everything with measure, not overeat. Also you should eat more vegetables and fruit, advisable without thermal processing to save all the vitamins.
S: It’s also useful to drink a lot of water during the day and all this will help you to strengthen your immunity, to avoid overweighting and avitaminosis.
L: Yes, it’s lack of vitamins in your organism. It’s fraught with such diseases as scuvy and rachitis.
O: I didn’t have the faintest idea how dangerous shortage of vitamins could be!
S: It’s said in the article.
O: Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to read it wholly. So probably I missed it.
L: By the way, coming back to the ways of preventing overweighting, sport is a very good notion.
O: You’re dead right! There is a lot about it in the article and not in vain. It not only keeps you fit and helps you to look good but makes all the systems of your body steady to the stresses which we are exposed to every day.
L: I absolutely agree with you. Sport is an essential part of my life and it helps me to be full of energy and to be just in the pink.
O: As far as I understood Lera does sport regularly. And what about you, Sveta?
S: As for me. I’m not a very sporty person. Of course, I know about the use of doing sport but I’m not very trained and not healthy enough to do it.
O: Well, I reckon that you should start with small loading and increase it gradually. But you definitely should do sport.
L: By the way, do you do sport, Olya?
O: Oh, yeah, I do football.
L: Really? Unexpectedly!
O: And you?
L: As for me, I’ve been playing volleyball for 5 years.
S: Oh, very interesting! Did you take part in competitions?
L: Yes, our team even took first place in the the competition in our city.
S: Oh, that’s phat!
L: Well, thank you. It was really wonderful! But now I’d like to ask you about serious things. I wonder if you could let me know your opinion about various dependences such as smoking, alcoholism and drugs which also are mentioned in the article.
O: As for the smoking I’d like to tell you that tobacco is the most used drug in the world. According to the statistics every 6 seconds one person dies because of the tobacco-related disease and every year 5 million people die.
S: Oh, it sounds horrible. I didn’t know it. But I’ve known about the big list of diseases it causes connected with cardiovascular system, lungs, gullet, larynx, stomach and so on.
L: Yeah, all that’s true. But do you know why people start smoking?
O: I’ve read that all the reasons have psychological base. Young people start smoking in an attempt to prove they are a part of an adult world. Adults try to escape from problems by doing this.
L: You know, I’ve tried smoking before I became a sportswoman.
S: Oh, really?
L: Yes, but it was a dog’s age ago. I just had such a company in which people seemed very cool to me and all of them were smoking and I didn’t want to be a black sheep. But fortunately I made a right decision and changed my life.
S: Nice to hear that. Besides smoking there is an another huge problem now -it’s alcoholism. In Russia percentage of people who regularly drink alcohol is just enormous.
O: Yeah, not only adults but more and more teenagers and even children are becoming involved into this problem.
L: And all this leads not only to diseases but to the degradation of people, of the whole nation. But it seems to me that the worst thing is drugs.. Smoking and alcohol provoke disorder in your body but not always and drugs almost always lead to death.
S: You know that Russia is on the first place of consumption of heroin.
O: No way! It’s terrible! Taking in consideration fact the biggest part of drug-addicts die before thirty and almost no one lives after forty and the spread of AIDS , it’s a frightful tendency.
L: Yes, but it should be more regulated by the government I guess. They must toughen control upon the drug traffic.
S: I agree with you. Oh, we’ve almost forgot about two more topics. They are not so horrible and wide-spread but also important. I mean anorexia and bulimia.
O: As for the first one I suppose it’s caused in general by fashion to be slim and a lot of girls try to get fit and it becomes an obsession. So it’s psychological problem.
L: The truth is yourth. Bulimia is also usually caused by the problems with neural system, various stresses and depression.
S: I think it should be propagandized that it’s good to be in a normal weight in order to prevent an imitation to models by the young girls.
O: And as for bulimia I’m not sure whether there is a way to prevent it.
S: There isn’t actually. Maybe only healthy lifestyle, keeping diet, doing sport will help to avoid stresses and diseases.
L: From my point of view you’re right. This article seems to be useful for us and probably for others.
O: And we, thinking about health, must remember “what goes around, comes around”. Let’s keep healthy lifestyle.
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- Chiuve, Stephanie E., et al. “Primary prevention of stroke by healthy lifestyle.” Circulation 118.9 (2008): 947-954.