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Recession prompts healthy habits

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by David Masters
Recession prompts healthy habits

The recession has forced many Brits to live on a tighter budget and to adopt beneficial habits, Aviva has claimed.

The insurance firm said the new habits are good for consumers’ health as well as their wallets.

Doug Wright, Aviva’s principal clinical consultant, said measures such as home-growing vegetables and keeping chickens have a range of financial and health benefits.

Other healthy habits adopted since the recession include walking or cycling rather than driving, and seeing exercise as a form of entertainment.

“The recession has prompted some new habits that are actually good for you,” Wright said.

He warned that when Britain emerges from recession, consumers should resist the temptation to lose the good habits they’ve learnt.

“As the economy improves and the temptation is to return to the way we were before, we would like to encourage people to keep up their new healthy behaviour,” he said.

“Even small steps can have a really positive impact on health, so we need to integrate them into a long-term

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