Want to Be 100? Sleep and Eat Right

Spirituality and socializing also help
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2012 1:56 PM CDT
Want to Be 100? Sleep and Eat Right
There were 72,000 centenarians in the US in 2010. By 2050, there could be more than 600,000.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – What can you do to live for more than a century? Researchers from UnitedHealthCare surveyed a group of centenarians and collected advice on achieving longevity. Here are their tips, courtesy of SmartMoney:

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  • Get ample sleep: 71% of centenarians snooze for 8 hours or more per night.
  • Eat balanced meals: More than 80% of centenarians regularly consume a well-rounded meal.
  • Stay Social: 89% of centenarians communicate with a relative or friend daily.
  • Keep your spirits high: Two thirds of centenarians engage in spiritual activity, such as praying or meditating.
Check out more survey results here. (Read more centenarians stories.)

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