How to Plan for Healthy Longevity

by John Murphy, Founding Chair, and Peg Travers, Founding Vice Chair, Prescott Commission on Well-Being 

There’s always been something magical about the number 100. It is the standard of excellence on most tests. It’s considered an honor to be in the “Top 100.” Most importantly, “100” signifies a goal and milestone to live to 100 years with health and happiness. 

To become a centenarian is to win the most important game of all. To live a full, healthy life with purpose and vitality. Sounds far-fetched? It’s not. People living to 100 years or more is one of the fastest growing demographic segments. 

Sustainable well-being includes having a mindset to start thinking that the rest of your life is the best of your life. 

If you look at all the factors that either cause you to age with sickness and diminished energy versus feeling strong, vibrant and enjoying a healthy longevity, a lot has to do with practicing a healthy lifestyle. It’s clearer than ever that you can live a long, healthy life. 

Unfortunately, many of us are stuck in neutral. We’re too tired, lack energy and just don’t feel well. If that sounds like you, we have good news. You can break the chains of inactivity and sedentary habits. There is reason to have hope! 

Let’s face it, the first step is the hardest — mentally, physically, spiritually. It’s not just a physical issue. A lot of people don’t feel it’s possible to be healthy again. They think old age is just inevitable. They are depressed and have given up. 

Our philosophy is: “It’s never too late … until it’s too late.”

People derive hope by seeing examples of ordinary people, just like them, doing extraordinary things. It’s amazing how empowering it is to see someone living fully at any age. If they can do it, why not you?

There are seven key areas that help support a vibrant and happy life:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Movement
  3. Health mindset
  4. Spiritual awareness
  5. Financial health
  6. Environmental wellness
  7. Social connection 

Each area is interconnected to achieve optimal health and vibrancy. 

It all starts with a vision of your future self. Focus on what you know you want to change. Take baby steps (they add up). You deserve to feel your best and live a long, full, healthy and happy life. As the actor Adam Sandler once said: “Not too shabby.” 

Editor’s note: The City of Prescott has suspended the formal Commission on Well- Being until further notice to direct resources to the effort to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

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