Eat like an Okinawan.
In Okinawa, Japan, people eat until they are 80 percent full, says Annie Hauck-Lawson, a registered dietitian who teaches Foods of Diverse Populations at Brooklyn College in New York. Try it and wait 20 minutes before having seconds. Locals call this 80 percent approach to food “Hara Hachi Bu,” and researchers think it partly explains why Okinawans have one of the world’s highest life expectancies -- 81.2 years!
Soak up the sun.
Studies show that Caribbean women have stronger bones than their Northern European counterparts. Moderate but regular exposure to the sun improves bone health.
Find your purpose.
In Nicoya, Costa Rica, they call it “plan de vida.” The phrase refers to Costa Ricans’ purpose in life, the reason they wake up every morning. Knowing your passion gives you an optimistic outlook and a healthy state of mind -- a key to living well into old age.
How much does your weight fluctuate in a year?
Do you double-dip at summer parties?