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By: Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, International Food Information Council Foundation  Date: 04/06/12

As we celebrate new life during this beautiful Easter spring weekend, let’s also remember to incorporate healthy aging practices into our lives, regardless of our age, location, or income.

“Healthy lifestyles from the very beginning of life is key to a healthy and active old age,” says Dr. John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and the Life Course at the World Health Organization.

To help bring increased focus to the importance of aging and health, the theme of World Health Day 2012 is: “Good Health Adds Years to Your Life.” World Health Day, which also is being celebrated this weekend on April 7, marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. Check out WHO’s

World Health Day’s special webpage, which reminds us that in 2050 there will be 2 billion people who are older than 60.

This webpage contains a variety of helpful WHO resources including a tool kit, an aging fact sheet, an inspiring video, web links, and downloadable posters (in both low and high resolution options) which show older people in positive situations and feature a “PLAY” button to show the dynamism and enjoyment aging adults can and should have in their lives. The accompanying picture of Mirtha Nordet, a retired ophthalmologist, salsa dancing with her grandson Damian, is an example of one of these posters.

You may recall from my blog post last year, “Healthy Aging: Turning 40 and Finally Taking Action”, I dedicated myself to making a major behavior change so that I would age more healthfully. Although it is not always easy for me to tear myself away from my office desk, I am pleased to report that that I am continuing to uphold my resolution of exercising three days a week. If you are like me and need that “extra motivating push” and tips to get you (or a loved one) focused and inspired, check out this, the International Food Information Council Foundation video about living well and living longer.

Just a few simple steps can help you stay on the path to healthy aging . . . and add years to your life!


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