Most Americans Fail This Simple Health Test

Simple Health Test

What if a simple health test told you where and how to improve your health? Would you take it?  Most Americans fail the test. Many of them live the SAD lifestyle. Surprisingly, a lot of health conscious people come short as well.  Here is a simple and easy way to find out what health areas you could definitely improve on.

Weimar Institute in Northern California facilitates an amazing lifestyle program called NEW START. This program teaches the guests how to create healthy habits under a watchful eye of naturopaths and physicians.  The name NEW START is a clever way to point out the ‘8 natural doctors’ that aid people in getting healthy again.  NEW START is an acronym for the 8 habits one should live by to stay healthy:

N – nutrition

E – exercise

W – water

S – sunshine

T – temperance

A – air

R – rest

T – trust in Divine Power

Together with Gratefulness and Selflessness, they create the 10 Health Laws I followed on my journey when I was healing from crippling rheumatory arthritis.  However, the above 8 is enough to see wether you should improve your health habits or not.  Shall we begin?

The Simple Health Test

On a piece of paper write out the NEW START acronym vertically, just as you see it above.  You will evaluate your own habits for each of these 8 categories and you will give yourself a grade for each one:

A – I do it without exceptions

B – I do it most of the time

C – Sometimes I do it, sometimes I don’t, it depends

D – I rarely do it

F – I don’t do it at all


Now lets look at the NEW START acronym a little closer and see what exactly each of the steps mean.

N – eating plant based nutrition, no animal products such as meat and dairy, staying away from synthetic sweeteners, additives and artificial flavors

E – exercising  at least 3 times a week, doing both aerobic (increasing heart rate) and anaerobic (weight or strength training, sprinting) activities

W – drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, avoiding diuretics such as tea, coffee and sodas

S – getting at least 20 minutes of sunshine a day (without sunscreen) during low burn hours (early morning or late afternoon)

T – being temperate (moderation and self restrain) in all activities, including abstinence from alcohol and tobacco

A – getting a good amount of fresh air in your lungs every day

R – getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night, and falling asleep before midning

T – trusting in God’s healing powers and His ability to heal you from all diseases (Psalm 103:3)


The Grades

For each step, go ahead and give yourself a fair, honest grade.  Next, give yourself one, overall grade for all steps combined.  Only you will know where you exceed and where you struggle. Only you will know what needs improvement.  Be brutally honest with yourself.  It is your life, your health, your well-being.  It’s time to step back and re-evaluate your habits.  Time to begin to focus on you, and on feeling good physically, mentally and spiritually. Whatever your score, I hope this simple health test benefited you in some way.  And there is always something you could work on.  I know I could!


Was this test helpful? What are the things you excel at? What are the things you know you must improve? We’d love to hear your comments!


  1. September 8, 2017 / 7:34 am

    I love this. I sort of fail the test but it is a great framework to help me focus on the things to get better.

    • vegislife
      September 10, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      I’m glad it could help in some way 🙂

  2. September 8, 2017 / 8:20 am

    What a fun and easy way to do a quick health check! I did pretty well, but my diet has slipped a bit recently so I will get back to that.

    • vegislife
      September 10, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      I’m so glad you were able to benefit from the test! Sounds like you’re on your way to a solid A! 🙂

  3. September 9, 2017 / 6:53 am

    Wow. I love this. Simple, to the point, and real. Of course I failed but at least I can see where I can make improvements. Thanks!

    • vegislife
      September 10, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you, glad you love it!

  4. September 9, 2017 / 8:29 am

    Brilliant write up. Your acronyms are great 👍
    PS we are vegetarians

    • vegislife
      September 10, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      Thank you so much!

  5. September 9, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Great post! I love the acronyms they came up with because it makes it easy to know what to focus on and improve. It’s funny, even though I live in a sunny climate, I don’t get enough sun!

    • vegislife
      September 10, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      I’m so happy you love it, Willow! I live in California and with a busy lifestyle, I have to ‘schedule’ my sun baths. So I totally understand! It’s a good challenge, though 🙂

  6. September 9, 2017 / 10:29 am

    Interesting and handy way to remember to keep your health in tact! Love how simple it is!

    • vegislife
      September 10, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      I love the simplicity as well! Thank you!

  7. September 10, 2017 / 3:31 am

    Loved this! Very creative as well! Keep up the great work

    • vegislife
      September 10, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you so much Crystal! <3

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