The following was published here on the blog back in 2010. It’s such a heart-warming and inspirational story, we’ve decided to publish it again. Enjoy!
We’ve written in the past about studies that have shown that eating ice cream can make you happier, but now it seems that eating ice cream might also be the key to longer life. A doctor in New Jersey called us the other day to let us know about one of his patients — a healthy 91-year-old woman.
The doctor remarked that he’d never in all his years of practicing medicine seen a 91-year-old with so much energy and liveliness. When he asked his patient what her secret was for looking so young and healthy, she replied, “I eat Turkey Hill ice cream every day!” Although we’re sure the spry 91-year-old did plenty of other things right to maintain the health she’s in, a scoop of Turkey Hill ice cream every day sounds like good medicine to us!
We reached out to the ice cream lover the other day with a phone call and she was more than happy to talk to us. Her name is May, she sounds not a day over 60, and she lives in a retirement community in New Jersey. Early in our conversation, she wanted to set the record straight about her age: she’s not 91 years old, she’s 95 years old and healthier than ever!
When asked about her favorite ice cream flavor, May replied that good old fashioned Turkey Hill Vanilla & Chocolate (the combo flavor) is her go-to frozen treat. She also revealed that she eats three containers of Turkey Hill ice cream each week and that she’d never visited Lancaster County, which prompted an invitation from us to visit our neck of the woods and stop by the Dairy for a VIP tour. This week, May took us up on the offer and visited the Dairy with her son and granddaughter for a tour (that’s her below with Ernie).
Before we ended our conversation with May, we asked her to reveal her secret to a long, healthy life, to which she replied simply, “Think positive and eat ice cream.” Hard to argue with that!