Diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure are all some of the health issues that have affected my family over the years. Coming from a family with such a challenging medical history has made me a vigilant when it comes to being healthy. There’s never a time that I eat something without thinking about the potential implications in the long run. I can never go days without being active without being concerned about what the lack of exercise and movement are doing on my body. I might not be perfect when it comes to being healthy, but I’m definitely aware and on alert.
The thing about staying healthy and keeping my family healthy is that it can seem like such a chore. It doesn’t have to, though. There are so many small changes that we can make to our lifestyles that will make a world of difference. For example, I started buying potato chips that are lightly salted rather than the regular ones. Sometimes I’ll even get sweet potato chips or popcorn instead. I still get the satisfying crunch of my favorite snack, but without the sodium.
Another action that’s easy to take is to switch out coffee for tea. I love coffee because I love the cream and sugar that I get to put in it. By switching to flavored herbal tea a couple of times each week, I forgo the sugar and cream, thus decreasing calories and still get the same benefit of my beloved caffeine.
See? Making healthy choices doesn’t have to feel like you’re punishing yourself! In fact, in some cases, it can be fun. Take a hike with your family. Turn on music and dance. Go to the zoo or a museum and walk around for a couple of hours. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing out on, think about things that you can gain by adopting a healthier lifestyle.
CVS/pharmacy wants to kick start your healthy lifestyle journey with their Project Health events. These events, which are being held most Thursdays – Sundays until January in select stores, offer free health screenings, preventive services and accessible healthcare to support those of us who are looking to make a make a positive change. There’s no appointment needed, and everyone who attends will get a tote bag and a $5 coupon (while supplies last)!
From blood pressure check and diabetes support to quit smoking support, health insurance consultations and more, CVS/pharmacy is committed to helping its community learn to live a more healthy life. For more information about vent schedules and to check the event schedules, visit the CVS/pharmacy website.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CVS Pharmacy. The opinions and text are all mine.