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The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility by Adrian Cho

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Chapter 12. Stay Healthy

“Health is not valued tillsickness comes.”

—Thomas Fuller

The Importance of Health

It’s often said that people take good health for granted, and today this is probably truer than ever. Increases in life expectancy might be one reason. In England, life expectancy was an estimated 35.5 years between 1541 and 1871, with an average low of 27.7 years between 1561 and 1565. In France, the life expectancy between 1740 and 1790 ranged from 24 to 28 years for males and 26 to 30 years for females (Riley 2001, 32–33). The numbers improved dramatically by the twentieth century. In the United States, life expectancy in 1900 was 47 years. It increased to 68 years by 1950 and hit 77 years in 1998 (Moore 2001, 27). Of course, these ...

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