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Healthy living resources

By AJ Murphy

Living your best life

It’s never too late to start living a healthy life. At Aetna, we believe in taking care of the whole you — body, mind and spirit. That’s why we’ve put together some tools and resources to help you take control of your health. Get started today with:

Eating healthy on a budget

Sometimes, eating healthy can cost a lot, but it doesn’t have to. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has come up with some tips to help you eat better on a budget. You can learn more at the ChooseMyPlate website.

Learn how to eat healthy on a budget

Heart-healthy recipe ideas

Do you like to try new healthy recipes? The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has outlined some delicious meal options on their "Heart-Healthy Cooking" page.

Find heart-healthy recipes

Tips for a healthy weight

Staying in control of your weight helps you stay healthy at any age. The "Healthy Weight" page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) helps you balance your diet and exercise routine with tips like the following:

  • Limit high-calorie food and drinks.
  • Run your errands on foot or bike instead of driving.
  • Eat whole grains instead of refined grains.
  • Eat few red and processed meats.

Read tips for a healthy weight

Healthy-living articles

Do you love to learn about living healthy and eating clean? You can find articles about things like weight loss, high blood pressure and heart disease. You can find an article that interests you on the NHLBI "Health Topics" page.

Find articles about living healthier

Become a better patient

Krames Online is a great tool for learning about health and well-being. You’ll have access to more than 4,000 topics about health, medication, procedures and more.

Visit Krames Online

Important medical information

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families and friends. You can use MedlinePlus to find:

  • The latest treatments
  • Information on a drug or supplement
  • The meanings of terms you don’t understand
  • Helpful medical videos or illustrations
  • Links to the latest medical research on your topic
  • Information about clinical trials in your area for a certain disease or condition

Go to MedlinePlus

Help for quitting smoking

Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but you can do it. You have the best chance of quitting when you know what you’re up against. We’re here to help you every step of the way. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful resources to get started with:

About the author

AJ Murphy is an evocative young writer who grew up in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood. AJ began his writing career at Alaska Ice Rinks Inc. in Anchorage, AK, where he also drove a Zamboni and took care of outdoor hockey rinks.

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