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Publisher: Harper SanFrancisco / HarperCollins
Release Date: November 25, 2003
ISBN: 0-06-056472-5
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre:   Nonfiction / Self Help
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Susan Johnson
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The 100 Simple Secrets of Healthy People
What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It
By David Niven, PH.D.

       Imagine sitting around a table with a huge group of your happiest, healthiest friends. They are a highly diversified group: short and tall, slim and not so slim and all highly intelligent and fun to talk to. The talk soon turns to health and how each person maintains it. This conversation is indeed The 100 Simple Secrets of Healthy People. However, these people have scientific studies to back up their information.

      Some of the secrets are what I would consider well-known or common sense-for example: No television during dinner. You are so wrapped up in the program you are watching that you eat mindlessly, filling up before you realize it. Another hint that I thought was common sense was to keep healthy foods handy. You eat what is quick and easily available to you. If it is handy, you are more likely to snack on a carrot stick than a cookie that you have to run to the store to get.

      The book is divided into 100 mini chapters which make it easy to pick up, read a chapter or so and lay down until the next time. The text is in common terms, indeed like sitting around talking to your friends instead of a medical tome that you have to strain to understand.

       The nice things about these tips are that they are not just one person’s opinions. This is 100 different bits of advice with health studies to back them up. The format is first the facts and then a theory about why it works. The book was very easy to read and comprehend.