In the article The 8 Health Habits Experts Say You Need in Your 20s, experts in nutrition, obesity, cardiology and other health disciplines give their top health tips to young people starting to develop their eating and exercise routines.

Staying healthy in your 20s is strongly associated with a lower risk for heart disease in middle age, according to research from Northwestern University.

The study showed that most people who adopted five healthy habits in their 20s – a lean body mass index, moderate alcohol consumption, no smoking, a healthy diet and regular physical activity – stayed healthy well into middle age.