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Betty White Revealed Secrets to Living to 99

Here are all her longevity-promoting tips.

Just as Betty White neared her 100th trip around the sun—her birthday would have been January 17—the Golden Girls star passed away. But not before revealing the secrets to her longevity. "I'm so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age," White told People in their latest issue. "It's amazing." Read on to see 6 of Betty White's secrets to living to 99 and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


She Is An Optimist

White declares she was "born a cockeyed optimist" and that it is key to her positron attitude. "I got it from my mom, and that never changed," she told People. "I always find the positive."


She Refuses to Eat Green

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Green juice and salads are not part of the Betty White diet. "I try to avoid anything green. I think it's working," she told People. 


She Keeps Her Brain Active

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White revealed to People that she keeps her brain stimulated by playing crossword puzzles and card games. She also likes to watch television, including animal documentaries, Jeopardy! and sports, namely golf. 


Her Exercise is Walking Up Stairs

White gets her exercise at home. "I have a two-story house and a bad memory, so I'm up and down those stairs all the time," she previously told Parade. "That's my exercise."


She Indulges


White is a meat eater, declaring on The Late Show with David Letterman, that it's best to "take some wheatgrass, soy paste, and carob, toss in the garbage and cook yourself a big-a** piece of pork," she joked. She makes sure to treat herself, telling Parade that her favorite things to consume are vodka and hot dogs, "probably in that order."


She Laughs

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When previously asked by People about her number one tip for a healthy life, she revealed it is having a sense of humor. "Don't take yourself too seriously," she said. "You can lie to others—not that I would—but you cannot lie to yourself."

Leah Groth
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