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Live longer by volunteering

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But volunteering your time can make you healthier and give back to a good cause.

A recent study by the Corporation for National & Community Service, “Volunteering in America: 2007 State Trends and Rankings in Civic Life,” indicates that people who regularly volunteer live longer, are less likely to be depressed and have lower incidents of heart disease.

How much volunteering does it take for the health benefits to kick in? Two hours a week is optimum, according to the research.

Looking for a great place to volunteer? VolunteerMatch ( is an online leader in matching volunteers to their passions.

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