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Tips on how you can stay younger longer from a Mayo Clinic cardiologist

Wouldn't it be great if you had the power to feel younger for longer as you age? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks to a Mayo Clinic cardiologist about how making small changes can lead to big results. His tips are all in a new book.

Moving more is one way to boost health as you age. (Photo courtesy Fotolia / MCT)
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ROCHESTER — You might not be able to control how long you live, but there are many ways you can boost how you look and feel while you're still here. It's all about making small changes that, over time, can add up to big results. It's about prevention.

"I survived cancer twice," says Dr. Stephen Kopecky , a preventive cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and author of the book " Live Younger, Longer: 6 Steps to Prevent Heart Disease, Cancer, Alzheimer's and More ." "But I came to realize that I'm more likely to die of heart disease. And that anything I can do to prevent heart disease would also prevent cancer, would also prevent Alzheimer's disease, would also prevent diabetes."

Kopecky says the keys to living younger longer include healthy food, moving more doing activities you like to do, reducing stress and having people or pets in your life you can count on to be there for you.

Watch or listen to Dr. Kopecky give practical tips on how to make small changes for big results in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."

The aftermath of reports of active shooters at several Minnesota schools has increased anxiety levels for some students and parents. Even though the situation was a hoax, people worry about the real thing. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams talks to the director of clinical services at Zumbro Valley Health Center about how parents can help their kids cope.

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Opinion by Viv Williams
Viv Williams hosts the NewsMD podcast and column, "Health Fusion." She is an Emmy (and other) award-winning health and medical reporter whose stories have run on TV, digital and newspaper outlets nationwide. Viv is passionate about boosting people's health and happiness by helping them access credible, reliable and research-based health information from top experts. She regularly interviews experts and patients from leading medical institutions, such as Mayo Clinic.
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