6 Smart Investments for Long-Term Health Savings
A Metal Water Bottle
Purchase your own food-grade, stainless steel or aluminum water bottle to stay hydrated on the go. The quality durable material will last longer than plastic and as an extra bonus, you’ll save money on single-use-plastic-bottled beverages and reduce your exposure to chemicals.
Get a bicycle and ride it, preferably every day. Studies show that cycling to work could cut your risk of cancer by 45%. The evidence is irrefutable: this fun and aerobic activity can extend your life and improve your mental health, too. Get regular tune-ups, wear a helmet and use front and back bike lights both during the day and at night.
If your doctor has prescribed you any medications, be sure to take them exactly as your doctor has instructed. This is called adherence. Skipping doses or stopping your medicine early can harm your health. Check out our blog post about the importance of correct medicine adherence.
Yearly Flu Shots
Getting a flu shot helps protect you – and those around you – from getting sick during flu season. The benefits of getting a flu shot far outweigh any temporary inconvenience. Getting the flu can mean missed work, unexpected health expenses and risks to those around you. To find a free clinic near you that may offer free or low-cost flu shots, use the PPA Free Clinic Finder.
If you have tried many times to quit smoking and are struggling, help is out there. The long-term health and financial benefits of quitting smoking are so great you can’t afford not to. Talk to a coach focused on helping people quit. Many hospitals and community centers offer support groups. Look for one near you.
A Healthy Cookbook or Cooking Class
Cooking at home is proven to help you improve your diet, lose weight and prevent diabetes. Invest in resources that equip and inspire you to cook at home, like checking your local library for books and research cooking classes. By focusing on learning techniques in addition to recipes, you can get creative cooking different types of meals. What do you have to lose? Start cooking!
If you or someone you love struggles with affordable access to medicines, there are resources available that may be able to help: The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps connect patients with patient assistance programs that provide free or nearly free prescription medicines. For more information, visit www.pparx.org.