Simple, easy ways to better health

Start 2017 off right by committing to better health, starting with a balanced diet.

Start 2017 off right by committing to better health, starting with a balanced diet.

A new year is an excellent opportunity to assess your health and resolve to make positive lifestyle changes.

“Many people work hard to establish healthy habits at the beginning of the year. But for those with busy schedules and tight budgets, maintaining these habits over time can be a challenge,” Sam’s Club, Consumables and Health and Wellness senior vice president Jill Turner-Mitchael said.

To help prioritize and maintain their health in 2017, Turner-Mitchael and Sam’s Club pharmacists are offering tips are practical and affordable.

• Secure regular screenings: It is important to get regular health screenings to keep track of the state of your health. Routine tests are often the first to get postponed when people get busy, but they are crucial for ensuring any potential medical issues are identified and addressed as early as possible.

Resist the urge to let cost or time constraints prevent you from getting regular check-ups. Don’t forget regular vision and hearing tests, as well.

• Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out advice for improving your health. One easily accessible professional resource that is often overlooked is your local pharmacist.

• Focus on fresh foods: Incorporating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and legumes into your meals can help you maintain a healthy weight, immunity and muscles.

Smoothies, leafy green salads, vegetable stews and grilled fish are all great choices. You can also boost flavor with ingredients that offer nutritional benefits, such as garlic, onion, spices and herbs.

• Select supplements: Even the best diet can fall short of nutritional guidelines. Consider consulting with your healthcare professional about boosting your diet with a daily supplements tailored to your individual health needs.

• Verify your vaccinations: Immunizations can help prevent illness and save lives. Make sure you are current on all necessary vaccinations.

• Enjoy winter workouts: You don’t have to become a world class body builder or competitive triathlete to reap the health benefits of exercise.


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