Why? Because island inhabitants have the lowest rates of cancer and heart disease in the U.S. - and their life expectancy is 5 years higher than in any other state. So, what do Hawaiians know that the rest of the world doesn’t? Here’s the scoop, courtesy of Woman’s World magazine:
- First, people in Hawaii eat the most fruits and veggies. And the ones they pick - like mango, guava, and pineapple – are high in the healthy chemicals and antioxidants that reduce disease and promote longevity. In fact, you can reduce your risk of heart disease by 21 percent by eating 14 ounces of fruits and veggies a day.
- Hawaiian health secret #2: They eat twice as much fish as other Westerners, which lowers their risk of cardiovascular disease and depression. So, eat two servings of salmon or canned light tuna a week. A serving’s about the size of a pack of playing cards. If you’re not a fish-lover, grab a handful of walnuts every day instead.
- Hawaiian island-dwellers also chill out more often, and follow what they call “Hawaiian time”: In other words, “Being late is nothing to freak out about, and it’ll happen when it happens.”
- Hawaiians are also close to their families. 75 percent of the islanders have family dinners every weeknight. And 80 percent of children see their grandparents at least once a week. Studies show that families who eat together get a health boost because they eat less fat, get more important nutrients, and feel more relaxed.
- And the final Hawaiian health tip: Celebrate everything. Hawaii has 3 more official state holidays, and every Friday is super-casual “Aloha Friday.” And studies show that acknowledging even the smallest things keeps you happy, healthy, and optimistic. So, celebrate everything positive in your day, whether it’s a chat with a friend, or a beautiful sunset.