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Suggestions For Living A Lengthy And Healthy Life

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Health issues often become more prominent as people age.  Many of them are avoided or at least postponed; and much of living healthfully has more to do with attitude than it does medicine.

Host Don Marsh talked with geriatrician Dr. John Morley, who is Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine.

Marsh and Morley addressed living in a way which can help extend life.  Among other things, they talked about the importance of exercise, stress, and why women live longer than men.  They also mentioned why taking many supplements, including multi-vitamins might actually increase your chance of dying.

We asked listeners for their one healthy lifestyle tip they swear by.  Some of that feedback is included here.

  • I'm a vegetarian! I try to eat fewer processed foods and that has made a huge difference in my health.
  • Take all of your medicine as it is prescribed, even if you begin feeling better. And make sure to get plenty of rest.
  • I absolutely swear by exercise! I swim an hour and a half every day!!
  • Eating five times as many veggies as the amount of meat consumed per day.
  • Always take the stairs.
  • Keep moving.
  • For physical and mental health, I take a page from Adams... Don't Panic.
  • No coffee here...hot tea for me. Also, lots of lotion...taking care of your skin religiously makes you feel great and look younger.
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Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.
Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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