There’s no better time than right now to invest in your health. Odds are you do it every day — even if you don’t know that’s what you’re doing.

From taking over-the-counter (OTC) medication for headaches, to setting weight loss goals or wearing a fitness tracker, most of us practice self-care every day without realizing it. New research from BeMedWise details just how common self-care is.

Among the report’s 2,000+ survey respondents:

  • 92% desire more control over their health
  • 89% say they know where to find answers to health questions or concerns
  • 80% feel the need to manage their health now more than ever before
  • 88% express confidence in making their own health decisions

The full report, titled “Empowering Americans to Take Greater Responsibility for Their Health,” examines how self-care can improve an individual’s health while also reducing medical costs.

It comes at a time where 6 in 10 U.S. adults are living with a chronic disease. Chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and depression together account for 90% of our $3.3 trillion healthcare budget.

However, the U.S. economy could save an estimated $6.6 billion if just 10% of those with a chronic disease adopted self-care practices.

Below, we’ll describe what self-care is and why it’s having a hard time catching on. Then we’ll send you off 

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Last week was National Healthy Weight Week in the United States. So close to the New Year, many are still chasing resolutions they made – often to lose weight. An estimated 80% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by the first week of February, so we are offering some tips from our partners at Health Storylines.

Top 4 Tips to Manage your Weight

By: Zana Toulany, R.Ph, Director, Patient Experience

Health Storylines

It’s the new year, and for many of us, that means new goals.  The most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight!  See below for our top 4 tips to help you manage weight:

Eat Fat

You can’t live without fats.  Eating small amounts of good, or unsaturated fats, can keep you feeling fuller for longer.  Examples include nuts, fish, and olive oil.

Clean your Kitchen

It’s often easier to eat healthy if you place healthy snacks (fruits, vegetables, nuts) on your kitchen counter.  Clear the clutter in your kitchen to make it easier for you to reach for healthy options!

Temptation Bundling

This is a great way to reduce procrastination.  Temptation bundling is when you combine two activities together

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