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The Secrets of Life

^ George  Duke ^ George Duke
^ Mickey Duke ^ Mickey Duke
^ Nurse Tim Phillips ^ Nurse Tim Phillips

January 30, 2003

Lee County-- Do you want to live to be 100 years old, and beyond? Are there secrets to living a long and healthy life?

George and Mickey Duke are both 91 years old, still enjoying an independent, full life. They admit they did not plan ahead in their younger days.

Tim Phillips is a 38-year-old registered nurse. He wants to live to be 100, and is living a lifestyle aimed for that goal.

George is a retired John Deere engineer, but has never slowed down. He does his yard work on a garden tractor he made himself. Mickey was a teacher, and still loves to read and do puzzles.

Tim runs and exercises, and believes staying active physically and mentally is a key.

George plans what he will grow in his garden, an important hobby. The Dukes both grew up on farms, eating the fresh food they grew. The Duke's are not sitting back. They look forward to several trips this summer. Tim Phillips is married with two children. The Duke's have been married 63 years, with one son. Both credit a happy homelife with keeping a purpose in their life, which Dr. Graf says is vital.

So are there are secrets to life?

Researchers agree that your genes play a big part in how long you will live. Both the Dukes and Tim's families have lived long lives. The Dukes are close to a century of healthy living. They credit healthy food, an active, loving lifestyle, and good genes.

Tim Phillips is living smart with a goal. All could see their 100th birthdays, and beyond. The average life expectancy for a woman in the United States is 79 years. For a man it's 74.

But scientists estimate that by 2070 life expectancy will be 84 years.

So, how long do you think you’ll live?

The first two links below are outside sources on the topic.

You can also calculate how long you are likely to live. Please understand that these are not intended as absolute guarantees of your life expectancey, and WALB-TV is in no way affiliated with any outside links posted on the website.

posted at 3:00 PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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