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www.wvno.com - It's no secret staying physically active and eating healthy may help you live longer, but research shows how long you live and the quality of those years is more nurture than nature.

   
 
 
How To Add Years To Your Life And Life To Your Years

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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It's no secret staying physically active and eating healthy may help you live longer. But research shows how long you live and the quality of those years is more nurture than nature. So what is the secret to healthy aging? Here's today's Health Minute. Turning 70 didn't slow Molly Darden down. Instead, she went water skiing. "I decided that I'm going to sail through the 70's facing challenges exuberantly," she says. "Enjoying, enjoying, enjoying." One secret to Molly's healthy aging, her longevity attitude. "It's a mix of feeling that you are in control of your health, buffering stress, keeping positive human relationships and keeping a very positive attitude," says Dr. Sharon Bergquist of the Emory School of Medicine. Research shows 25 percent of aging is determined by genetics, Much of the rest is in our hands and often comes down to lifestyle and our outlook, recent studies show. "People who have a positive view of aging will live seven-and-a-half years long," Dr. Bergquist says. Molly has always embraced life. She worked as a journalist and photographer and lived overseas. Now, she stays connected with others through her own website and on Twitter. And stays fit by gardening and walking her dog. "It's a passion to be happy, vibrant, zestful because I know now that I'm in my homestretch of life," Molly says. Molly's positive lifestyle not only adds years to her life but life to her years.

   
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