8 Surprising Ways to Live Longer
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Good Habits Now, More Years Later

The good news is more Americans are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. As life expectancy continues to climb, research is revealing a handful of factors that are contributing to these long lifespans. Beyond the obvious choices, like not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight, there are other health habits that have been shown to contribute to longevity. If you’re hoping for many healthy years ahead, make sure the following factors are part of your life.

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