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Make 2016 Count: Start the New Year Off Right

The New Year brings new plans and new opportunities to save on your Medicare Part D prescriptions. Visit your local Health Mart® pharmacist today to learn more about how you can lower your overall medication cost and save.

Stick to your diet this year!

It’s easy to let healthy eating habits fall by the wayside during the holidays, but this year, make sure you stay on track by including delicious seasonal foods in your diet. Foods like brussels sprouts, apples, sweet potatoes, roasted nuts and salmon that are filled with fiber and essential nutrients can make a massive impact on how you feel in 2016!

2016 is your year to quit smoking!

Did you know that tobacco smoke contains a deadly mixture of more than 7,000 chemicals?1 In fact, people who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and premature death. If you’re interested in learning more about quitting smoking, talk to your local Health Mart pharmacist about the following options:

  • Nicotine replacement products 2
    o Nicotine patch
    o Gum
    o Lozenge
    o Inhaler
    o Nasal spray
  • Prescription non-nicotine medications 3
    o Bupropion (Zyban®)
    o Varenicline (Chantix®)

Quick tip: Counseling and medication are both effective for treating tobacco dependence, and using them together is more effective than using either one alone.

New year, new medications

Now’s a great time to make sure that your medicine cabinet isn’t filled with expired medications! Take five minutes to check your medications for anything that’s dated 2015 or older. If you have questions about what to do with your medications, stop by your local Health Mart pharmacy, and we can help you determine the best way to recycle or dispose of any of your medications safely.

Keep 2016 on a healthy track

Now is a great time to set yourself up for a healthy year. Call your healthcare professional to schedule an annual physical and to set up any vaccination appointments that you might need.

Set aside five minutes each morning to make a healthy plan for the day. If you achieve your plan, great! If you’re not able to stick to your plan, at least you’ll be able to identify areas to improve.

Check on others! Pay your health forward by checking on others. Elderly neighbors or friends may need assistance with health-related issues. Being a good partner to others will help you keep your own health in mind.

Shop healthy. Make it a priority to shop for healthy food every time your groceries run out. Challenge yourself to try at least one new healthy dish each week. And just think, after one year, you’ll have 52 new healthy recipes!

Make each day count!

  • Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.
  • Get more sleep. You can’t replace sleep with a double latte.
  • Wear a pedometer. By keeping track, you’ll go the distance.

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  1. Chemicals in tobacco smoke: Accessed January 2016

  2. Types of nicotine replacement therapy: Accessed January 2016

  3. Prescription drugs to help you quit smoking: Accessed January 2016