On average, Americans currently spend around 11 hours a day sitting and research suggests that only about 20% of adults are meeting physical activity guidelines. The trend toward increasingly sedentary lifestyles is becoming a significant public health issue, resulting in an estimated $24 billion in direct medical spending. Research has long shown that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of heart disease and decreases life span. However, despite being linked to a number of chronic health conditions, long periods of sitting and inactivity are only increasing with growing technology and media consumption.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of vegetable-focused diets are well-known, however, recent research reveals that the quality of plant foods is just as important as their quantity. Not all plant-based diets are equal and those centered around high-quality, healthy plant foods have been proven to greatly surpass plant-based diets with less-healthy foods which can ultimately increase detrimental health risks. New research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggests a positive correlation between increased plant-based food intake and decreased mortality risk.