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    Aging well is a goal for many, as it allows us to enjoy all life has to offer well into our golden year. When it comes to aging well, like many things in life, if we are going to be successful, we need to have a plan. If the goal is simply to eat healthily, stay active, and be grateful, you are well on your way to success. However, if you are looking for an extra edge to help combat age-related muscle loss and stay active, let's look at vitamin D.

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    Eating healthy in addition to making sure you are getting adequate physical activity are critical in combating age-related muscle loss. We all know eating healthy is important. However, it is much easier said than done! And what exactly does it mean to eat healthy anyway?

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    Are you getting enough physical activity?

    Sadly, if you are like most adults and teens, you are not getting the recommended amount of physical activity. In fact, only one in four adults and one in five teens meet the recommended 150-300 minutes/week of moderate-intensity or 75-150 minutes/week of vigorous physical.

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    Chronic kidney disease is an often-unspoken chronic illness, resulting in the gradual loss of kidney or renal function over time. An estimated 37 million adults living in the United States have chronic kidney disease, and many do not know they have it.

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    We will be pausing to celebrate American Heart Month on this month's destination as we travel together on our wellness journey. Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death, not only in Illinois but across the nation. Heart disease is a general term referring to any condition affecting the structure or function of the heart. Examples include having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, having an abnormal heart rhythm, or having a weak heart.

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    Fall is a welcome time of year for many. The beautiful colors, the cooler temperatures, lower humidity levels, and the comforting fall flavors are all reasons to get excited about this time of year. However, with the changing of the season, we must keep our eyes on our wellness goals. October is Healthy Lung Month, and with almost 37 million Americans living with chronic lung disease, what better time than now to focus on our lung health.

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    Many of us do not spend much time thinking about our health or our state of wellbeing. Unless, of course, we or someone we care about is dealing with health issues. However, each of us should make health a priority, given the immense impact our health has not only on ourselves but those around us.

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    Each of us are on a journey as we travel through life. And although our journey and destinations will be different, there are many commonalities which each of us must face. These commonalities can draw us closer together while bringing about a greater change when faced together verses alone or apart.