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It's important to age healthily.

In an effort to educate York County seniors on making health choices, the York County Area Agency on Aging will host a series of free educational workshops to learn about the "10 Keys to Healthy Aging."

The free workshops will be held from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. every Friday, Oct. 23 through Nov. 20.

Developed by the Center for Aging and Population Health at the University of Pittsburgh, along with the Centers for Disease Control's Prevention Research Center, this health promotion program provides many no-cost and low-cost preventative services to promote successful aging.

Each of the "keys" is an important step in preventing disease and improving quality of life.

They include:

•Lowering systolic blood pressure

•Stopping smoking

•Participating in cancer screenings

•Getting immunized regularly

•Regulating blood glucose

•Lowering LDL cholesterol

•Being physically active

•Maintaining healthy bones, joints and muscles

•Maintaining social contact

•Combating depression

Provided will be a resource manual that features information on preventative, proven strategies.

The meetings will take place in Meeting Room 1 of the Penn State Extension Offices, which are located in the York County Annex, 112 Pleasant Acres Road in Springettsbury Township.

For more information or to register for the workshops, call Diane Gerhart at (717) 852-4902, ext. 339, or 1-800-632-9073.

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