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New Year, New You: Getting Healthy on a Budget

It’s that time of the year again. Millions have begun embarking on their New Year’s resolutions, and it’s no surprise to see ‘getting healthy’ ranked as the top priority for Americans in 2017. Getting fit and staying healthy are worthy goals, but accomplishing these goals can be challenging if you’re on a tight budget or trying to save money. Below are few tips to help you stay focused on your health goals without breaking the bank.

  1. Working out the costs – We all know that exercise is good for our well-being, but it can also help us save money on healthcare expenses. You don’t need an expensive gym membership to reap the benefits either. A research study from the American Heart Association showed that patients with cardiovascular disease who exercised at recommended levels, including something as simple as taking a brisk a 30-minute walk five days per week, had annual healthcare costs that were $2,500 lower than those not meeting the recommendations. Health patients who exercised regularly also had lower average medical costs.
  2. Eating on a budget – Healthy eating doesn’t necessarily mean you have to shell out a lot of money, but it can require careful planning to keep costs low. Before heading to the grocery store, develop a list of healthy staples – such as fruits, vegetables and milk – in addition to ingredients for healthy recipes you may want to try. This will help you better compare costs and be on the lookout for potential special sales or coupons. You can use the Healthy Eating on a Budget tool from ChooseMyPlate.gov to create a game plan and find resources to help you make healthy choices while staying within your budget.
  3. Shop savvy for prescriptions – Healthcare costs are rising, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities to save money. If you’re taking prescription drugs for common ailments like blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease, participating in a program like Community Cares Rx could help you keep costs down. The program allows you to print a free, pre-activated discount card and use it at your local pharmacy to save up to 70 percent off generic drugs and 20 percent off brand-name medications.

In today’s economy, medical costs remain a big challenge facing consumers. It’s good to know that we can address our health needs in a variety of ways while also saving money.

Best of luck with your 2017 healthy living goals! For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit www.paramountrx.com.

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