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Six tips for healthy aging

The CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers the following tips for remaining active and independent.

1)Eat and drink healthy

Make healthy choices — like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and water.

2) Move more, sit less throughout the day

Being active can help you prevent, delay, and manage chronic diseases; improve balance and stamina; reduce risk of falls; and improve brain health.

Tip: Aim for moderate physical activity, like walking, at least 150 minutes a week (22-30 minutes a day) and muscle strengthening activity, like carrying groceries, at least two days a week.

3) Don’t use tobacco

If you use tobacco, take the first step toward quitting by calling 1-800-QUITNOW for FREE help.

4) Get regular checkups

Visit your doctor for preventive services, not just when you’re sick. This can prevent disease or find it early, when treatment is more effective.

5) Know your family history

Share your family health history with your doctor, who can help you take steps to prevent chronic diseases or catch them early.

6) Be aware of changes in brain health

Everyone’s brain changes as they age, but dementia is not a normal part of aging. See your doctor if you have questions about memory or brain health.

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