Fall Into Fitness

November 21, 2012 by  
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You wake up lazily on a Saturday morning to find the leaves have changed to the beautiful rustic colors of red and brown. You take a moment to let it all sink in, it’s finally autumn–the brisk breeze, the pumpkin pie and of course Thanksgiving. Most of us want to just sink down into our favorite comfy sweater and sit by the fire with a cup of something warm. It’s easy to let ourselves be completely indulged in the fall season, but don’t let those yummy treats get to you! What are you to do when you are surrounded by comfy couches and delicious pumpkin pie? Don’t worry; we have read through plenty of expert advice to find some great tips to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle.  

The weather may sometimes be dreary but there are a lot of options available to keep yourself active and healthy. WebMD has a great article about how to keep you exercising during the fall season1. If you belong to a gym, weather should not be holding you back from getting in there and breaking a sweat. Take this as an opportunity to see if your gym offers any new classes that you have wanted to try. Sign up for that spinning class your friends keep telling you about and take them with you. It is always a good idea to have support when exercising in order to keep each other motivated, focused, and accountable. Don’t go to the gym? That’s okay too, there is still a lot you can do in and around your own home to make sure you are getting the exercise you need to stay fit. Shape magazine has created a list of the “Top 10 Best Workout Videos on YouTube”. These videos allow the viewer to get a great workout with minimal or no equipment, and you won’t have to pay the gym membership fee2. Don’t forget to enjoy this enchanting time of the year and get outside. Take advantage of the cooler temperature and go pick some apples with the family or go on a hike to appreciate the changing seasons.

In order to keep up your healthy lifestyle you must always incorporate a balanced diet as well as staying active. Thanksgiving is the holiday where we are used to eating a freshly basted turkey leg with a side of steaming hot mashed potatoes with a pat of butter on top and a slice of pumpkin pie to satisfy our sweet tooth. There are plenty of healthy and delicious alternative ways to enjoy a favorite holiday. Marlo Thomas at the Huffington Post has come up with twelve tips for you to keep up your fall fitness3. She links us to a simple, delicious and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes. For example, Joy Bauersuggests keeping the skin on the potatoes as it supplies more fiber to the dish, using half white potatoes and half white cauliflower and adding skim milk or 1% to the potatoes4. These little changes to a traditional recipe are a great way to keep the calories down while still enjoying this Thanksgiving.

Take time this fall to be thankful for your friends, family and the gift of good health. Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on our year and look forward to a bright future. Coast2Coast is committed to helping consumers stay healthy and offer resources to benefit you and your loved ones. We are here to provide not only discounted prescriptions and health services, but also to keep you informed about your health and how you can make positive lifestyle choices to keep you healthy.

 

 

1. WebMd “10 Tips for Fall Fitness” http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/10-tips-fall-fitness

2. Shape “The 10 Best Workout Videos on YouTube”http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/10-best-workout-videos-youtube

3. The Huffington Post “12 Expert Tips for Fall Fitness” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlo-thomas/tips-for-fall-fitness_b_1967093.html#slide=1631749

4. The Huffington Post “A Healthy Mashed Potato Recipe For The Holidays, From Joy Bauer” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/18/a-healthy-mashed-potato-r_n_1102055.html?ref=marlo-thomas

 

Kickin’ Butts! The Great American Smokeout

November 14, 2012 by  
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On November 15, 2012 the American Cancer Society is launching its 37th Great American Smokeout. This day is dedicated to encouraging smokers to quit or make plans to quit—a great step towards a healthier lifestyle1. Although 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, smoking is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US1.

 

Because it can be extremely difficult to quit smoking, the American Cancer Society has provided tips on how to quit, the benefits of quitting, and most importantly why you should quit. In addition to needing the support of friends and family, many smokers can also benefit from prescription drugs to ease side-effects of quitting.  To that end, Coast2Coast Rx offers is a great way to save money on some of those drugs including Zyban, Chantix, Wellbutrin and Bupropion.

 

Get ready for the Great American Smokeout and challenge yourself, family and friends to stop smoking. Giving up on smoking not only helps offers health and financial benefits but Coast2Coast can also help you save money on prescription medications to help you quit. Coast2Coast is always in support of keeping healthy habits and applauds the work of the American Cancer Society. On November 15th it’s time to take control of your life and start on the journey to a new and healthier you!

 

 

1. http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index

 

 

 

Get Smart About Antibiotics

November 13, 2012 by  
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated the week of November 12 – November 18, 2012 to recognizing the importance of appropriate antibiotic use1. The week is comprised of efforts from the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners1. Consumers may have become familiar with antibiotic resistance; which has happened due to increased use of antibiotics—the drugs have been used to help fight disease and sickness for so long that the bacteria have adapted and the medications don’t work as well. This week, CDC’s goal is to help raise awareness and educate patients and doctors alike about appropriate antibiotic use.

The aims of this campaign are to help reduce antibiotic resistance by promoting adherence to prescribing guidelines among providers, decreasing demand for antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections among healthy adults and parents of young children; and increasing adherence to prescribed antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections.

Did you know?

  • According to the CDC, more than 50% of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed in office setting for upper respiratory infections, most of which are caused by viruses2.
  • Up to 50% of antibiotic use in hospitals is either unnecessary or inappropriate2.
  • In children, reactions to antibiotics are the most common cause of emergency department visits for adverse drug events2.

Healthcare providers must take a leadership position in this campaign to help educate their patients and prescribe medications accordingly. It is essential that healthcare providers work with each other to make sure that the patients understand when a prescription for antibiotics is needed and why they may not need one. The CDC encourages healthcare providers to make sure that an antibiotic prescription is absolutely necessary in order to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance3 (and you can learn more by reading a helpful chart here!).

Antibiotic resistance does not only affect the person taking the medication but also the people around them. If the bacteria has adapted to the medication it is possible for it to infect another person2. The CDC has all of this information and more on their website including fact sheets, planning materials and toolkits to help launch your Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.

Here at Coast2Coast Rx we recognize that these health services and prescriptions cost money and we want to make sure you get the medication you need, so don’t forget to keep that Coast2Coast Rx discount card somewhere convenient!

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  1. http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/campaign-materials/week/overview.html
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/campaign-materials/week/downloads/gsw-factsheet-parents.pdf
  3. http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/campaign-materials/week/downloads/gsw-factsheet-providers.pdf

 

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