Local centenarian urges moderation for longevity

By Conor Mooney
By Casey Killian

March 11, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It wasn't your ordinary birthday party Tuesday at Binghamton General Hospital. Family and friends of Maurice Sweitzer helped him celebrate his 100th birthday.

Sweitzer moved to the Binghamton area during the Great Depression.

He was born outside Scranton in 1914 and graduated from high school in 1932

Sweitzer loves to exercise. He uses a stationary bike and "NuStep" machines.

Sweitzer likes to exercise as opposed to "sitting at home twiddling thumbs and watching TV," he mentioned, "because you're not getting any exercise and that's not good for you," he added.

Sweitzer has been going to the hospital twice a week since 2003 after undergoing a successful triple-bypass heart surgery.

What's the secret to Sweitzer's longevity?

"I never was drunk in my life. I enjoyed a glass of beer once in awhile but that's all. Hard liquor, no. Wine? Maybe once in awhile."

He says his biggest accomplishment is his children.

He has two kids, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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