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Published: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Vitality: Living life to the fullest

  • Ron O'Leary improved his outlook and his weight by taking Zumba classes.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Ron O'Leary improved his outlook and his weight by taking Zumba classes.

"Quality of life" is a common phrase with a million meanings.
Most people would agree it has something to do with taking part in life rather than watching from the sidelines. To take part, you need good health, proper nutrition and sleep, and absorbing activities.
In this edition of Vitality, we tackle all those topics.
• Ron O'Leary increased the quality of his life by taking Zumba classes. His health improved, he lost 40 pounds and he seems to dance through life.
• You'll find information on the elements that people miss in their diets as they age. The takeaway here? In case you haven't heard, it's OK to eat eggs. Better than OK; eggs are a great source of nutrients that people over 50 need.
• And who hasn't spent a sleepless night? If your problems go beyond one night of tossing and turning, you might be interested in what Dr. Sayed of the Cascade Valley Sleep Disorders Center has to say.
• You can also read an interview with Karl Pillemer, author of "30 Lessons of Living: Tried and True Advice From the Wisest Americans." He says older people are happier because they've learned some of life's lessons.
More from Vitality:
• Bad backs are no fun. Here are 5 tips for gardening as you age.
• Ninety years of life have yielded a lot of lessons for Sister Georgette Bayless. She shares some of them as she answers our 10 questions.
Meet an 82-year-old tennis player, one of the active seniors at the Camano Center, which works hard to make sure people stay connected.
Story tags » HealthSenior activitiesSenior issues

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