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Want to beat high blood pressure? Volunteer!

volunteersBesides making you feel good about helping others, volunteering may have another positive effect: lowering your risk for high blood pressure. That’s according to a new study from Carnegie Mellon University, which found that of almost 1,200 participants interviewed, people ages 51 to 91 who gave at least 200 hours of their time annually reduced their risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, by 40 percent. (The type of volunteer activity didn’t matter.)

Know you want to help but not sure where to start? Check around your community or try free sites such as VolunteerMatch, which can pair you up with the perfect volunteering opportunity in your neck of the woods.