(WTNH 9-12-09) September is Healthy Aging Month and Dr. Desmond Ebanks of Alternity Healthcare in West Hartford tells “Good Morning Connecticut” that “it’s not too late to start getting serious about your health.”

Following these healthy aging tips could very well take years off of your appearance and give you more energy. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, however Dr. Ebanks says it’s important to get your daily dose of sun that contributes to heightened well-being and is essential in producing active vitamin D3 content in the body.

It is also important to eat nutritious foods and balance your diet. You can easily do this by eating fewer processed foods and if you’re not sure about whether or not it’s processed, just take a look at the label.  Buy organic whenever feasible.

Exercising your brain and your body has proven to add years to your life as well; lifting weights is something that you must incorporate into your workout routine. Studies also show that playing mental games like crossword puzzles help fight off cognitive diseases such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. And finally you’ve heard it over and over again, get more sleep and be positive; don’t let negative thoughts get you down.