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Positive attitude and lifting weights are WWII and Korean War veteran's keys to a long life

Positive attitude and lifting weights are WWII and Korean War veteran's keys to a long life

Ralph Freeman is right where he wants to be.

He’s sitting in a chair in the family room of his apartment within an assisted living community in Rancho Santa Margarita, looking at a set of five-pound dumbbells on a coffee table.

At 100 years old, Freeman practices a daily routine of lifting weights, working his core balance with leg and arm exercises and adding movement to his usual activities around the home.

The World War II and Korean War veteran is smiling, joking and reflecting on his good health.

“I attribute that to selecting the perfect mother,” he says with a laugh.

Freeman, who became a centenarian June 14 — fittingly on Flag Day — has no plans to...

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