A healthy diet plays a big role in overall health and wellness. Eating locally grown vegetables and fruits gives you access to fresher and riper produce than the grocery store. Research local farms and farmers markets in your area to get the most out of your diet!
Physical activity keeps the body in shape and improves overall health and life span. Taking a walk, going for a swim or taking a bike ride can help you burn calories, lower blood pressure and keep a steady weight.
Studies show that people who are motivated to learn are likely to live longer than those who are not.
Earned income allows people to provide themselves and their families with food, education, child care and more. Finding a career that is rewarding has positive overall health benefits.
Check out these fun & unique athletic events taking place across the country. Make sure to note the level of difficulty or training involved in each event by visiting the affiliated website before deciding to participate.
National Geographic commissioned and published research on longevity. In an article entitled "The Secrets of Long Life" the research findings were shared from regions of the world where people live healthier and longer. The research concludes that positive lifestyle choices can lead to a healthier, longer and happier life.
Blue Zones® are locations in the world where people live measurably longer and better lives. The world’s best longevity researchers studied the Blue Zones of Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan and Nicoya, Costa Rica to identify lifestyle characteristics that result in longevity.
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Spring is a perfect time to refresh your routine by cutting out holiday treats and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables. Wondering how many fruits and vegetables you should be eating daily?
Use the CDC's Fruits & Vegetables Calculator!
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Warmer weather makes it much more appealing to get up off the couch or out from behind your desk and head outside! Keep in mind that the Physical Activity Guidelines for American(PAG) recommend moderate-intensity aerobic activity like brisk walking and muscle-strengthening activity like endurance training each week for adults.
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Meditation is a relaxation technique that can help to relieve stress, ease anxiety and clear the mind. Freeing the mind of extraneous thoughts can help to release the worries of the day and allow the mind and body to completely relax. Clearing your mind just before bed can also increase quality of sleep!
Improve your overall state of mind!
Find out more about the benefits and types of meditation with this information from the Mayo Clinic ▶
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Maintaining family connections and traditions are a best practice used in regions of the world where people live longest. Celebrating elders and supporting family members fosters a sense of unity that is beneficial to overall health.
Enjoy Time with Friends
Being social, spending time with like-minded people, laughing with friends and learning to listen are necessary for a full and happy life. Friends provide a support network and source of happiness that is proven to lengthen life span.
Centenarians, people who are 100 years or older, enjoy light to moderate exercise daily.
Eat & Drink Sensibly
All of the longevity hot spot locations emphasize the importance of eating a diet full of vegetables, whole grains and herbs with limited portions of meat. Also, drinking plenty of water (and a little red wine) keeps the body hydrated and healthy.
Maintain a Strong Sense of Self
People who know their purpose in life, take time to rest, appreciate their experiences and are confident in themselves are more likely to get the most out of life.
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