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Health News Archive - April 20, 2005

When the funeral director saw the fat man in the small town, they engaged in some friendly banter about death. "You'd tell him, 'You're going to have to go on a diet. You've got to lose some of that weight," said John C. Rudder, owner of Rudder Funeral Home in Scottsboro.

Elders participate in limited exercise, leading to reduced fitness and deconditioning. Regular moderate-intensity exercise/ activity provides significant health benefits. As elders become more physically active, the health care burden on society will decrease.

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A happy camper is a healthy camper, say British researchers who have unearthed evidence of a biological connection between a positive sense of well-being and reduced risk for disease among middle-aged men and women.