From fizzle to sizzle: Top Reasons Eating Right Pays Off

Have your New Year’s health goals for 2017 stalled? It’s okay — it’s never too late to start! Taking care of your health can make you look and feel better, as well as be great for your wallet. Consider these ways your diet can improve your finances:

  • Stay more productive. A BYU study says eating well every day may lower your risk of productivity loss by 66 percent.
  • Lower the likelihood of needing to take a sick day. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that help boost your immune system so it can better fight off viruses and bacterial infections.
  • Take fewer pills. Three of the top five most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S. are for preventable heart conditions. Keep your heart healthy and your weight down to reduce the need for these medications and the monthly expense that goes along with them.
  • Steer clear of complications. When you’re unhealthy or obese, you’re more likely to have complications with an existing condition. Obesity decreases lung performance and is thought to exacerbate asthma symptoms. Foods rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can increase lung performance.
  • Age better. Unplanned medical costs can deplete your retirement funds. Sensible eating may be the best way to prevent disease and lengthen lifespan – even for people at a normal weight. Get or stay healthy so you can enjoy growing older.

Want help making healthy changes? Turn your willingness to lose weight, exercise more or quit tobacco into action. Sign up to work one-on-one with a Healthy Lifestyle Coach – a personal ally who will help you kick-start a plan and stay motivated. It’s free for all Cox Medical plan members.

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Source: http://time.com/money/3093072/healthy-eating-financial-benefits-health-costs/