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Whoa … slow body aging down

By Susan Tallant/editor-in-chief

We have determined, per last week’s column, that we will live longer because we are still in school.

Note to self: stay in school and live a long time, perhaps to 100.

So how old am I? Or better, how old does my body think I am? I decided to quit the inner arguing and take an online quiz to settle the score.

RealAge Inc., a consumer-health media company and provider of personalized health information, developed the RealAge test, which compares biological age to calendar age.

The quiz, on, takes only minutes to complete and RealAge will e-mail the results within a few hours.

The findings? Well, my body won the bet; it knew it felt five years older than my actual age.

I have been ignoring its care for a little too long.

Note to self: ignore body no longer—neck down desires to age just as slowly as face

Luckily for my body, RealAge e-mailed a personalized action plan to help me feel years younger within days.

The plan suggests that I need more nutrients, need to eat better, need to exercise and need to not talk on my cell phone while driving.

Sounds basic, but the RealAge plan is very specific and personalized. My plan includes exact amounts of each nutrient I need and has recommendations for strength building and cardio exercises.

The plan also has suggestions for avoiding cell phone usage while driving.

The free test has been featured on national radio and television programs including 20/20, Good Morning America, Today show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The Web site has more than 40 interactive health assessments to help you Grow Younger™.

Other tests featured by RealAge are, to help parents grow healthy kids;, to measure dog’s age in people years; and, to measure the biological age of feline friends.

So, what is your real age? Log on to and find out.

Note to self: turn off cell phone while driving.

Additional note to self: eat some greens, get off the couch and get moving, or you will be mooing.

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