For many, it’s a yearly ritual.
After the giant, sparkling ball drops in Times Square and ‘Happy New Year’ greetings are exchanged, carefully chosen resolutions begin – and then end within a few weeks.
According to Health.com, a 2002 study found that roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way each January. Though 46 percent are still on target at the six month mark, only 75 percent stick to their New Year’s Resolutions for at least a week.
While many people think that eating better, getting fit, improving their health or de-stressing are expensive pursuits, they don’t need to be.
And those goals you want to reach? They can be set – and kept – at any time.
As your source for more than just health insurance, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies offer national health- and wellness-focused programs that can help you live your resolutions – and save money – 365 days a year.
We all know that everyone loves a good deal, right? But did you also know that online deals can make getting – and staying – healthy less expensive?
The Blue365 Deals program, available to more than 57 million Blue Cross and Blue Shield customers across the country, provides a trusted, convenient resource to get exclusive deals from nationally recognized companies that help members of participating BCBS companies take control of their health and personal well-being.
Launched in 2007, Blue365 features a variety of unique and diverse products through weekly offers and long-running discounts from top national retailers and other vendors. By signing up for Blue365, members of participating BCBS companies receive special savings on gym memberships, fitness gear, healthy eating options, stress management services, hearing aids, vision and dental products and more.
To see if your BCBS company participates in Blue365, or for more information about the program, visit www.blue365deals.com.
For those who prefer resolutions that put a little more pep in your step, how about going for a walk?
Walking is one of the simplest, least expensive and most effective things individuals can do to improve their health. Just getting 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, such as a brisk walk, at least five times a week has significant benefits. Walking has been shown to lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, improve the health of muscles, bones and joints and provide a psychological boost.
That’s why Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies encourage individuals, groups and communities to take their first steps to a healthier lifestyle through its WalkingWorks program, which was developed in partnership with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to help American’s live healthier lives and reduce unnecessary medical costs due to inactivity. With WalkingWork’s online tracking log and recently launched app, you can set fitness goals, track physical activity and watch your ongoing progress as you improve your health day after day.
Health and Wellness Information
Not quite sure what healthy resolutions to choose? Your local Blue Cross and Blue Shield company can help. By browsing through the wealth of health and wellness information, articles and tips on your local Blue Cross and Blue Shield company website, you can get ideas, set your goals and make plans for a healthier you.
So, with resources just a click away, you don’t need a ball to drop to get started. Start living your resolutions now – and start saving – 365 days a year.