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As I read about the dangerous increase in the obesity rate in our state and country, and as I witness so many people struggling with their rudimentary physical day-to-day activities who are literally joint- and heart-destroying time bombs, I think of the sound life-saving advice of my wise 89-year-old father. He always told his kids, "Eat to live. Don't live to eat."

This prudent advice, among other lifestyle changes, could help save Medicare for future enrollees.

Gayle McLachlan

St. George

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