10 Tips to Stay Healthy On A Budget

You can enjoy a healthy lifestyle with a manageable amount of expense. Here are some ways to take care of your health without breaking the bank, thanks to HealthNet’s Health Promotions staff:

  1. Grow your own fruits and vegetables in your yard, patio containers, or a community garden space.
  2. Use store brand instead of name brand foods.
  3. Save on a gym membership and exercise at home. Stability balls, resistance bands, and fitness DVDs are affordable and provide structure for a fitness routine.
  4. Walk with your dog, family members or friends.
  5. Walk or ride a bike rather than driving to places close to you.
  6. Enjoy a picnic in the park instead of eating out.
  7. Relax and reduce stress with books, movies, and CDs borrowed from the public library.
  8. Quit smoking and save money. If you smoke one pack a day, you can save approximately $2,000 a year if you stop smoking.
  9. If you have a chronic disease like asthma or diabetes, see your doctor regularly to avoid costly complications.
  10. If you don’t have a doctor and are looking for affordable options, find a HealthNet community health center in your area. If you live outside of Indy, check out the Indiana Primary Health Care Association for other low cost health centers throughout the state.

Here’s another bargain for you. Everyone knows that disease prevention and public health education helps individuals, families, and neighborhoods in Indy enjoy a better quality of life. What many don’t know is that last year, HealthNet’s Health Promotions program assisted more than 6,000 in our community with services like free cervical cancer screenings, nutrition and tobacco cessation counseling, and childbirth classes. With your help, they can do even more.

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