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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star

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Eight sure-fire ways to live longer and better

I enjoy Digg, the Web site where viewers post and vote for their favorite content. What surprises me about the site is the popularity of the “list” stories.

Every day you see stories posted with headlines like, “Twenty-nine classic horror movie posters,” or “Seven comic book tough guys (and gals) we’d want in a fight,” or “Seven hilarious people with unusual phobias.” Yesterday there was one called, “Why I was late for work: 22 (Photoshopped) excuses.”

So, in the spirit of Digg, I offer “The doctors’ guide to good health: Eight sure-fire ways to live longer and better.”

Dr. Donald Bley, site director for the Community Health Center of the Rappahannock Region, and Dr. Robert Vranian, a Fredericksburg cardiologist, offered this advice during recent interviews. (Their maxims are in no particular order.)

     1.    Stay away from all tobacco products. 

     2.    Use your seat belt.

     3.   Drink no more than two alcoholic beverages a day.

     4.   Exercise each day, the equivalent of walking two miles.

     5.   Get all the recommended immunizations.

     6.     Know the lipid levels in your blood and maintain healthy ones.

     7      Know your blood pressure and maintain a healthy one.

     8.    Eat good food in moderation.