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Get exercise.30 minutes 3­5x/week

Exercise helps brain and bodily system functions.

To help control weight, keep limber, maintain balance and strengthen bones, don't underestimate exercise. Weight training increases metabolism and builds lean muscle mass; aerobic exercise burns fat and improves circulation.

Manage your stress.

For many, stress equals memory loss.

Try yoga, tai chi or qi gong, or participate in a favorite hobby.

Get adequate sleep.

Sleep helps maintain brain function.

According to many clinicians and sleep experts, most people need 8 hours of sleep a night. Find a sleep schedule that works and stick to it.

Quit smoking.

Quitting reduces the risk of heart disease and lung cancer.

Stopping smoking can dramatically reduce heart disease risk.

Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

Sunscreen protects skin from sun damage and cancer.

Reapply regularly throughout the day; limit sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Manage your weight.

Proper weight reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and Type II diabetes.

Extra weight around the middle is linked to an increased risk of insulin resistance, heart disease, stroke and Type II diabetes.