Six Ways to Start Small and Make Big Changes

Six Ways to Start Small and Make Big Changes

Six Ways to Start Small and Make Big Changes

Want an easy, effective and safe way to get healthy? Think small – as in small changes that can lead to greater well-being over time. 

"Thinking small" works because old habits don't simply go away. As the saying goes, you start to move the mountain by moving one small stone at a time. The good news is that you can use this approach to become healthier. And you can start right now, no matter your current state of health. 

Here are six ideas to get you started. Read the list, and then start with the one that works best for you. 

  1. Annual Wellness Visit. We all know that getting an appointment with your doctor can be tricky, so why not get it on the calendar now? Scheduling a yearly visit with your doctor, even when you’re not sick, is one of the best ways to help get a full picture of your health. During the visit, you can talk about your health concerns and the drugs you take. Before your visit, your doctor may ask you to fill out a questionnaire, called a "Health Risk Assessment." That is used to help the doctor get a better picture of your health and your health goals. It's an important step in crafting a plan to help you stay healthy.  
  2. Get Screened. While we’re talking about your Annual Wellness Visit, it’s important to also talk about preventive services. Preventive services are covered under most health care coverage plans – such as mammograms and colorectal cancer screenings. By getting yearly screenings and tests, you have a better chance of catching problems early, when they are most often simpler to treat. Check your Summary of Benefits to see what screenings are covered under your plan. And remember to sign up for our rewards program. You can earn up to $100 in gift cards to retailers you love for getting certain recommended health screenings. 
  3. Take a Walk. Don't worry about running a marathon. Start with a daily walk. It can be around the house, around the block or farther. The key is to do it each day. Aim to walk at the same time each day to help get yourself into the habit. Studies    have shown that exercise can improve both your mood and memory, as well as help you sleep better. 
  4. Eat Healthier. It seems each time you pick up a magazine or turn on the TV, somebody is talking about trying a new type of weight loss plan. But making big changes to how and what you eat can be hard. Instead of radically changing the way you eat, make small changes such as adding fresh vegetables and fruits to meals. And if it's too hard to skip dessert, start by taking a smaller piece of that pie and savoring each bite. 
  5. Know What You're Taking. The key is to have a very clear understanding of each thing you take – not just your prescription drugs, but also any supplements, vitamins and herbs. Make sure you know why you take each one and how to take it the right way. Bring the medication list   along each time you go to the doctor. 
  6. Get Social. Doing things with other people can help make you healthier   . Whether it's volunteer work, working on a hobby or learning a new skill, being with others is good for you. And with the help of technology, there are many chances to meet and talk with people online even if it's hard for you to leave your home.  

Now that you’re on your way to a healthier you, what other activities will you take part in? Let us know in the comments!  

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