One hundred years young: Frank Booth’s vision for a healthier America

“We’re spending too much money on curing and not enough on preventing to have to cure,” he said. Though the NIH has made recent changes to include more exercise physiologists on its review committees, neither “exercise” nor “physical inactivity” is listed among the agency’s 244 funded research areas.

Wow. Frank Booth’s work provides living proof of the mantra – eat less; move more ; live longer.

Regular readers know how strongly I feel about the benefits of exercise, not only only the body, but the brain as well. To explore this further: check out my Page Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise).



By Rachel Zamzow

DSC_0027 Frank Booth, 71, takes a break from running on the treadmill in his office. Inspired by his research on the effects of exercise, Booth runs several miles each day. Photo by Rachel Zamzow.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Frank Booth wants people to live to be 100. And then be told they have 48 hours to live. Only at the very end of life should people succumb to conditions such as cancer or heart disease, he says. Then, a serious illness wouldn’t be a tragedy; it’d be cause for throwing one last giant party.

Booth, an exercise physiology professor at the University of Missouri, figures that we should thrive until the end of our lives instead of gradually declining into sickness. Our lifespan should not outlast our healthspan. Otherwise, he wonders, what’s the point of sticking around for so long?

Unfortunately, a large proportion of the U.S. population is chronically…

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