Proofreading for Type I Errors: Practice 3

Read the following paragraph and determine whether each sentence is correct, is a fragment, has a subject/verb agreement error, includes a comma splice, or is a fused sentence.  No sentence includes more than one error.

    1.  There is a number of risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.  2. Some of these factors cannot be changed.  3.  Increasing age, male gender, and heredity is a few.  4.  According to health sources, six risk factors are related to our own choices in lifestyle, these include smoking, activity level, cholesterol level, blood pressure, weight, and diabetes.  5. Many smokers believe that if you have smoked for years, there is no benefit in quitting the damage has been done.  6.  This belief, however, is incorrect.  7.  According to the American Heart Association, one's risk of heart disease declines rapidly after one quits smoking.  8.  Another changeable factor related to heart disease is lack of regular exercise.  9. Physical activity, including walking, swimming, or jogging, help lower cholesterol levels and encourages weight loss.  10.  Another risk factor for heart disease is stress.  11. Especially unresolved stress over an extended period of time.  12.  Those who cannot cope with stress are more likely to develop harmful lifestyles that contribute to heart disease, they may smoke, become inactive, or eat fatty foods.  13.  Take control of your heart.  14. Before it is too late.

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