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Three rules for healthy living

Bookmark and Share Mary Campagnolo, MD, says her oldest patients all have something in common - they're happy, healthy and eager to challenge their mind. "Just because you're in your 70s or 80s doesn't mean you can't learn new things," says Dr. Campagnolo. "Good health begins with a good attitude and healthy habits." That's why she suggests these three things for a happy, healthy journey into maturity.

1. A healthy attitude
Sure, we all age, but those who have a healthy attitude about it often fare better than those who don't. "Aging is inevitable," says Dr. Campagnolo. "You can either embrace it, or sulk about it. When you embrace it," she says, "you are embracing life - living and loving every moment."

2. Good diet and exercise
Dr. Campagnolo says a diet rich in whole grains, colorful vegetables and lean proteins will give you the energy you need to stay active and keep your immune system healthy.

And, she says, "Exercise doesn't have to be difficult. "Even a 30 minute walk once a day can bring you healthy benefits."

3. Keep it interesting
Studies have shown that when the mind is challenged to learn new things or ways of thinking, it stays sharp, focused and young.

"Crossword puzzles, Soduku games - even video games played on the Wii - all keep the mind engaged," says Dr. Campagnolo. "Mental stimulation and learning new things or staying current with the news can bring about many mental health benefits."

For an appointment with Dr. Campagnolo, call 1-888-Virtua-3.