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Sleep Matters!

Lack of adequate sleep costs the U.S. $411 billion annually.

Lack of sleep among the U.S. working population is costing 2.28% of the GDP because of lower productivity levels and a higher risk of mortality. Each year employees lose 1.2 million working days a year, and experience 13% increased risk of mortality. Researchers estimated that increasing nightly sleep by 1-1-1/2 hours per night could add $226.4 billion to the U.S. economy.

PositiveTip: Are you sleeping enough? Daily physical activity, set bedtimes, and limited use of electronic devices before bed can help.

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Fruits and Vegetables Affordable

Very few Americans eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that fruits and vegetables are often more economical than packaged snacks and side dishes. By analyzing 20 popular snack and 19 side dish items, half of which were fruits and vegetables, they found the average cost per serving of fruit or vegetables was $0.34 and the unhealthy snacks cost $0.67. 

PositiveTip: Refuse to believe the popular myth that healthy fruits or vegetables are too expensive! Fruits and veggies are lower in calories and much more nutrient dense also.