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I have several books of S&H Green Stamps that I received from my grandmother. I was wondering if there was some place where they could still be redeemed. I would appreciate it if you could give me the address of a place to send for a catalog. I have 23 books to redeem. - A.C., Ephraim.

You can redeem your books for cash ($1.20 per book) or merchandise ($2.50 per book). Request a copy of the 1990 catalog by calling 1-800-874-4438. The catalog will have instructions on how to redeem the books for merchandise. Redeem your books for cash by mailing them to National Mail Order Center, P.O. Box 5775, Norcross, Georgia, 30091.Weights for the elderly

According to a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report, a study in the June 13 issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association" reports that elderly people can boost mobility and self-sufficiency by using weight-resistant machines to develop the muscles in their legs.

The 10 subjects of the "JAMA" study were 86-to-96 year-old residents of Boston's Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged. They were frail, had heart disease, arthritis and other medical problems and they used canes or walkers to get around.

They did 45 minutes of leg lifts on a weight-resistance machine three times a week. After eight weeks, five got around faster and two gave up their canes. Studies with more people are underway.

The elderly are prone to muscle tears and broken bones so medical approval is essential for any exericise regimen, says the magazine.

Cancer prevention

The following suggestions on ways to cut down on your risk of getting cancer are from the Department of Health and Human Services.

- Don't smoke or use tobacco in any form.

- Eat foods high in fiber and low in fat.

- Include fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals in your daily diet.

- Avoid unnecessary X-rays.

- Avoid too much sunlight. Wear protective clothing. Use sunscreens.

- Take estrogens only as long as necessary.

As far as diet in concerned, choose less often high-fat meats; fats and oils (vegetable, salad oils, shortening and lard); tuna packed in oil; bakery goods like doughnuts, pies, pastries, potato chips and snack crackers.