#ad Maintaining health for the long haul has been a consuming passion of mine for over 30 years.  I’ve worked closely with over 400 biotechnology & pharmaceutical companies that have developed cutting edge therapeutics – which may even be in your medicine cabinet today. I have also studied & embraced preventive medicine. Both traditional and preventive approaches are essential to a healthy, well-lived life. Each of us must become our own best health advocate: This means exploring options, educating ourselves and understanding that while it is important to proactively maintain our health, there are times in life when traditional medicine absolutely offers the best choice. 

Essential healthy habits begin with:

  • Eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Eat 6-9 cups of whole fruits and veggies daily to proactively maintain health. 
  • Staying hydrated with water because it keeps everything literally “fluid.” Healthy digestion, joints, hearts, immunity and more are built by hydration.
  • Moving. Every activity counts if we are up on our feet and moving. Vacuuming; washing the car; mini or long walks throughout the day; or, going to the gym. You know what movement is, so move!
  • Keep prescriptions current. Make sure to properly discard old medicines and speak with your doctor about prescribing new ones as necessary. Anyone can take advantage of AARP® Prescription Discounts provided by OptumRx® – for the first time, this prescription discount program is available to everyone, whether you’re an AARP member or not. Basically, this is a free prescription discount card that can be used at over 66,000 pharmacies nationwide for savings on all FDA-approved medications. AARP members receive additional benefits including deeper discounts, home delivery, coverage for dependents, and more.
  • Breathe, rest and sleep. Stopping to breathe and center your breath and thoughts is essential for stress reduction throughout the day and sets the tone for a good night’s rest.
  • Maintain relationships.  Human connection makes us all feel good. Feeling good is a big component to self care.  Whether you visit in person, call those you love, write letters or keep up on social media — stay connected with your family and friends.  
  • Find time to do something you love. Whether it’s art, crafts, music, writing — do something everyday that transports you to a place where time does not exist.  

Most of us are fortunate to be given the gift of health upon birth. It is within our power to keep it with a few consistent choices.