Staying Healthy Over 50

Life expectancy has grown dramatically over the last century, but not all those living longer are living well. But it’s never too late to make behavior changes and get preventive screenings to help you live a better and longer life.

* Be tobacco free. To talk to someone about how, call the National Quitline at 1-800-QUITNOW.
* Get active. Start small and work up to 30 minutes or more of moderate activity several days a week. Talk to your doctor first.
* Eat healthy. Lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products are best.
* Get immunized. The right immunizations can prevent not only the flu and pneumonia, but whooping cough and shingles as well.
Screening tests help check for problems before symptoms are apparent. Health experts recommend the following screenings for anyone over age 50:

* Colorectal Cancer
* Depression
* High Blood Pressure
* High Cholesterol

Women over age 50 should have the following screenings as well:
* Breast Cancer
* Cervical Cancer

Check with your doctor about what screenings you should have. Targeted screenings based on age, gender, underlying health condition or family history can make all the difference for a healthy life.

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