My Great-Grandmother lived to be 103 years old! There is not a day that goes by that I don't miss her or think about her in some way! I spoke with my Mom last night about how old she was and was curious how she lived so long? Well that made me start to google that topic while I was on the phone with my mom! I know how RUDE huh? This is what I found:
More than 84,000 people living in the U.S. today are 100 years or older. By the 2040, that number is expected to grow to 580,000 -- an increase of 590 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Being one of the lucky ones who gets 100 candles on a birthday cake someday takes more than good genes, although that definitely helps. Many scientists estimate that longevity is based 20 percent on genetics, with 80 percent determined by your lifestyle choices and environment. And while some centenarians claim a single habit as the key to their long life -- doing crossword puzzles, drinking a glass of wine every day or taking cold showers -- the reality is that it's the right combination of healthy habits, social connections, brain-boosting activities, good genes and even a bit of luck that goes into living a century or more. United Healthcare surveyed 100 Americans who turned 100 in 2010 to provide a snapshot of the healthy habits that keep them going strong.
Nine secrets of a long life:
More than 80 percent communicate with a friend or family member daily.
75 percent eat nutritionally balanced meals every day.
75 percent get eight hours or more of sleep each night.
72 percent laugh or giggle every day.
62 percent pray, meditate or engage in a spiritual activity daily.
49 percent stay active by walking or hiking at least once a week, while 31 percent stay active by gardening.
32 percent eat organic foods regularly.
17 percent are currently doing some type of volunteer work.
An increasing number of centenarians are also staying sharp by using new technologies: 12 percent have listened to music on an iPod or similar device, 11 percent have watched a video on YouTube and 8 percent have sent a text message or instant message.
Citing Ty Herndon as inspiration yesterday... Billy Gillman filmed a video and uploaded it to YouTube. He is also gay.
Billy claims the fact that he is gay has kept him from signing a major record deal. If that's true, that is sad and...
Ty Herndon has come out of the closet! Read the entire story from People Magazine HERE.
Here's a couple of my favorite Ty Herndon songs from the 90's:
Good for you, Ty. I support your courage and hope you can be a role model...
Meghan Trainor (who sings "All About That Bass") steps up to the mic and belts out an AWESOME version of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"! This is addicting! Check it out.
(photo: carla da souza campos/Flickr)
Here is the recipe I talekd about on the air today:
• 1 (18 -20 lb) whole turkey
• 2 stalks celery (roughly chopped)
• 1 carrots (roughly chopped)
• 1 onions (cut into quarters)
• 3 -4 crushed garlic...