For Longer Lives, Lifestyle Matters

Life expectancy has risen by 30 years over the last century, an increase that can only be sustained by healthier lifestyles, says Kenneth Olden, founding dean of the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. “The U.S. does not have the resources to combat the health care problems associated with chronic diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease…We have to promote healthier living,” says Dr. Olden, former director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and now head of the state-of-the-art CUNY facility, set to open in 2010. His lecture, “Cancer Susceptibility: Genetics Loads the Gun but Environment Pulls the Trigger,” inaugurated the CUNY Science Cafe Series.

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