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Why are Young CEO's Dead and Dying

Will YOU be Next?

The death of an associate is always a tragic occurrence; especially when they are so very young. The death of a leader can impact an entire organization, not to mention the family and friends. The REAL tragedy that many, even most, of these early tragic deaths could have been prevented by some reasonable precautions and attention to one's own health.


CEOs typically undergo pretty standard medical tests; either required by the Board of Directors or by their insurance carrier. The fact that this has nothing to do with prevention of sudden death seems to be ignored by most.




There are several things that executives and employees as well as YOU can DO to avoid or reverse cardiovascular disease. One of the more recent tests available is the CIMT or Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test. This test is a measure used to diagnose the extent of carotid atherosclerotic vascular disease. The test measures the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery the intima and media and can alert the patient and his/her physician of early risk factors.


Once an assessment is made, the next logical step is to correct the problem BEFORE it kills you. There are a plethora of drugs that can help and your doctor is sure to review them with you and, if symptomatic, prescribe. The other thing that is seldom, if ever, asked is WHY!


Why do you have a heart or arterial problem; especially if near or under 60 years of age? Many of the accepted thoughts are that it is part of the aging process; but that couldn't be further from the TRUTH.


When you ask WHY? Examine your Lifestyle. Most heart disease is a result, either directly or indirectly, poor nutrition and lack of exercise. We ALL sit on our butts too much; especially executives. At the desk, in meetings, entertaining clients; almost all occur while siting and often when consuming adult beverages and not-so-healthy food.


There is an excellent book, given to my by my Son-in-Law: Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath. It inspired me to begin to utilize a standing desk/treadmill combination at least part of the day. Now I can walk miles just reading my morning email!


Making the right food and lifestyle choices is key to the prevention and survival of chronic diseases and health conditions, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. We live a pretty strict Plant-Based Lifestyle and you would NOT believe the diagnostic blood work I get periodically. It stuns my doctor and he usually comments: “Your gonna live forever!”.


To understand an easier way to achieve better health, reverse disease and have more energy and vitality, read Chef Nancy's latest book: "Restoring America's Health ~ Simple Steps to a Plant Based Lifestyle".


For you and your employee's health, consider a Nutritional Wellness Program for you and your company! For more information, please visit Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living or Plant-Based Healthstyle.


Skip Stein is COO of Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living in Orlando Florida

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