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100-Year-Old Fitness Fanatic's Tip For Life:

A 100-year-old fitness fanatic - thought to be Britain's oldest regular gym-goer - has revealed her secret to a long and healthy life.

Ditch the junk food, that is the advice of 100-year-old fitness-fanatic, Georgina Easter.

Georgina Easter was born when Edward VII was on the throne.

Georgina Easter's advice is: stay away from nutrition-free fodder and keep fit.

"What's my secret? Keep away from junk food," said the centenarian, from Chaddesden, Derby.

"I also do a bit of gardening, I cook every day and I am going to have liver and onions tonight when I get home."

Born when Edward VII was on the throne and the Titanic was half-built, Miss Easter is 30 years older than her fellow keep-fit fanatics.

Fellow keep-fit fanatic Jean Bell, 71, believes it is her friend's determined approach to everyday life which keeps her going.

"Georgina's involved in the church, she does her own housework and gardening and she also looked after other old people when she was younger," she said.

"Even when she is tired she comes along.

And Miss Easter doesn't look likely to retire from the classes any time soon.

"I enjoy the friendship of the classes. All the people who take part, we are all good friends," she said.

Ruth Skelton, in charge of adult services at Derby City Council, said: "She's a brilliant example to all people her age and younger.

"It may well be that Georgina is the oldest keep-fit member in the county and we would be very interested to know whether she's the oldest person to go to keep-fit classes in the country."

Sweet! 'Chocolate Good For Your Health'

Chocolate is no longer a guilty pleasure, in fact it is good for you - apparently lowering blood pressure and cutting the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

An extensive study by German nutritionists has produced results many chocoholics have been dreaming of for years.

They monitored more than 19,000 people and their chocolate consumption over a decade, finding those who ate the most got the greatest benefit.

The experts found eating 7.5 grams of dark chocolate could reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 39% and could also lead to lower blood pressure.

As always though, there is a catch - the most expensive, purest chocolate is the best for you.

The nutritionists found dark chocolate produced the best results when it contains at least 70% cocoa.

June Davidson from the British Heart Foundation also cautioned the amount identified in the study did not offer the chance to pig out.

"This was a really interesting study and it found that a very small amount of chocolate actually reduced your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease.

"The amounts of chocolate were very small - only seven grams - and that's about a square a day or about half a small Easter egg spread over a whole week, so we are talking about very, very small amounts of chocolate." 

Chocolate's a Super-food!

As long as it has a cocoa content of 60% or more, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and can lower blood pressure. The darker it is, the lower in fat and sugar it is too, so it's even good if you're watching your weight!

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