What are the secrets to a long, healthy and fulfilling life? It's a question many of us ask as we strive to live longer and better. It's also the question researchers set out to answer in a ground-breaking study of nearly 1000 people aged over 80 in the Bay of Plenty. The study, led by Auckland University researchers, started almost a decade ago and focused on Māori and non-Māori in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes areas. The results? The study has uncovered common traits that helped them live longer. Samantha Olley reports.

Avoiding fast food and takeaways, having gardens,

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