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LIVE LONG - LIVE HEALTHY

Eating a balanced diet and staying active are keys to good health.

Diet: Choose your food wisely and get the most out of your calories. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, and fat free or low fat milk products. Eat less fat, sugar, and salt.

Exercise: Find an activity that you enjoy and a buddy to help you stay motivated. Simple activities like walking, gardening, cleaning, dancing, or swimming all count as exercise.

Start small and aim for 20 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. You can even break the 20 minutes down into smaller chunks like 5 minutes 4 times a day.

Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine.

OCTOBER IS THE TIME TO COMPARE YOUR MEDICARE D PLAN

October will be here before you know it!! Your health, finances, or coverage needs may have changed in the last year. Compare your health and prescription drug coverage to other coverage to see if there is a better choice for you.

Look at your "Medicare & You" handbook when you get it in the mail next month. It has important information about plans in your area. If you are already in a plan, the plan will send you information about your coverage and costs for next year. Be sure to review all of the information available to you to make sure you are in a plan that meets your needs.

EATING RIGHT FOR OLDER ADULTS

Eating right doesn't have to be complicated. Start with the following recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

A HEALTHY EATING PLAN:

* Emphasizes fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.

* Includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts

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