Happy New Year and congratulations to our 25 Fitbit drawing winners from across the state! Even if you did not win a Fitbit this time, we hope everyone who participated in this drawing was able to experience the benefits of engaging in one-on-one health coaching.

Need a little help mapping out a wellness plan? Planning to kick off the year with some new healthy habits but you're not quite sure how to implement them into your busy schedule? We have qualified and professional health coaches who are here to provide you with unlimited FREE personalized support and guidance along the way!

Many of our WebMD health coaches are:

  • Stress Specialists.
  • Registered Dietitians.
  • Registered Nurses.
  • Breastfeeding Educators.
  • Smoking Cessation Counselors.
  • Exercise Physiologists.
  • Certified Personal Trainers.

Our health coaches will encourage you to engage in a series of short phone conversations to help you incorporate healthy choices into your lifestyle. We highly encourage everyone who is working on a wellness goal to give health coaching a try, at least once.

Get connected with a health coach by calling 855.667.2546. They are available seven days a week!

We are looking for participant feedback from the 2019 program year. If you have really enjoyed the program, experienced some drawbacks or have made some amazing lifestyle changes, we would love to hear from you! Please send your Hometown Health Manager Gwen Mahabir an email with your comments.
Can Workouts Save You Money?
Regular exercise can help make you healthier. But what if it made you wealthier too?

According to 2016 research from the American Heart Association (AHA), being physically active may save you from $500 to $2,500 every year.

In the AHA findings, the savings came from lower health care costs. Those included out-of-pocket spending on:

• Doctor and emergency room visits
• Hospital stays
• Medicines and medical supplies

Make Physical Activity Part of Your Daily Routine
You don't have to become a marathon runner to get all the benefits of physical activity. Do activities that you enjoy and make them part of your daily routine.

If you haven’t been active for a while, start low and build slow. Many people like to start with walking and slowly increase their time and distance. You also can take other steps to make physical activity part of your routine.

Personalize the Benefits
People value different things. Some people may highly value the health benefits from physical activity. Others want to be active because they enjoy recreational activities, or they want to look better or sleep better.

Three ways to lose your belly weight
Trim your middle with these body and mind strategies.

Trying to downsize your belly? There are no magic bullets. But a few tried-and-true basics may help you whittle your waistline.

You don’t need special fitness gear or fad diets or formulas. Small and steady changes to your everyday routine might help you trim down — and stay that way.

Make your move.
When it comes to exercise, think whole-body. Targeted muscle moves — such as crunches — help tone abdominal muscles. But they alone won’t crush belly fat. Along with resistance training, you need regular aerobic exercise to do that.

Eating Better on a Budget
Get the most for your food budget!  

There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat.

The three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars.

Plan, plan, plan!
Before you head to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week. Include meals like stews, casseroles, or stir-fries, which “stretch” expensive items into more portions. Check to see what foods you already have and make a list for what you need to buy.

Get the best price
Check the local newspaper, online, and at the store for sales and coupons. Ask about a loyalty card for extra savings at stores where you shop. Look for specials or sales on meat and seafood — often the most expensive items on your list.