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Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams with HealthSaver: A New Year, A New You

NORWALK, Conn., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- With a renewed commitment to your health and well-being, you can begin the new year with a sense of rejuvenation.

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Plan a "self make-over" for better health, improved fitness, less stress and more time for yourself to reach your goal and achieve significant success in 2008.

"To lose weight, incorporate physical activity into your daily routine and establish a smart diet," said Peggy Fleming, Olympic figure skating champion and HealthSaver spokesperson. "A balance between calories consumed and calories burned will leave you looking and feeling your best."

Learn to help prevent and cope with life's stresses. "Start the new year on the right foot, and don't let stress be a roadblock for your fitness goals," said Brad Eggleston, vice president of HealthSaver.

Get a Grip on Stress

-- Nearly half of all Americans say stress has a negative impact on

their lives, according to the American Psychological Association.

Vow today to conquer stressful situations with a renewed ability to


-- Change the way you deal with situations that trigger stress. For

example, if your five o'clock errands leave you feeling overwhelmed,

avoid the late afternoon bustle by tackling errands during your lunch


-- There's no use in being bothered by problems you can't change.

Instead, spend your energy on changes you can make.

-- Accept that adjustments often mean a change in standards. If your

money woes mean no annual beach vacation, embrace vacation as a time

to spend with your family rather than a time to get away.

-- Two-thirds of physician visits are due to stress-related symptoms.

Take hold of your health by adopting effective stress prevention

practices. Listen to music, read an article or take a quick walk --

physically active people tend to have less anxiety.

-- An optimistic mindset will help you better handle stress. When you

carve out time to do something for yourself, you'll have a better

attitude about meeting your daily responsibilities. Time for

yourself is necessary, even if the things you do during this time are

seen as "less pressing" than other duties.

Be Efficient

-- If "there are not enough hours in the day" is a phrase you're all too

familiar with, learn to be more efficient with your time. A To Do

list is an easy way to simplify your life. Equipped with a plan,

you'll feel more in control.

-- Put your To Do list in order of priority. Tackle the more demanding

tasks when your energy is at its peak. If you keep delaying the

dreaded garage clean-up, force yourself to organize the garage for 10

minutes. You may find that once you've started, you're on a roll.

-- Divide time-consuming projects into smaller tasks. Reading "Fix

attic leak" on your To Do list can be a bit intimidating. Instead,

write "(1) Call plumber, (2) allocate money within budget" and so on.

-- Delegate responsibilities. You don't have to do it all on your own.

-- Learn to say no. Before you agree to take on additional

responsibilities, consider what you will or will not gain from the

extra task. If you want to spend more time with your family in 2008,

politely decline invitations that keep you from reaching that goal.

Get Back on Track

-- It's never too late to jump back into the active lifestyle that may

have gotten away from you last year. Keep muscles strong now and

you're more likely to live longer and stay sharp in your later years.

-- Stay active and you not only reduce your risk of heart disease, but

also increase your ability to fight depression.

-- According to the U.S. Department of Health, 60 percent of Americans

do not participate in the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity

five or more days a week, putting them at greater risk for cancer,

diabetes and stroke. Squeeze in your 30 minutes of exercise in three

10-minute intervals throughout the day.

Fresh Fare

-- Three out of five Americans are overweight, and face an increased

risk for high blood pressure. Vow to adopt a well-balanced diet with

maximum nutrients for your calorie intake.

-- Healthier eating could reduce cancer deaths in the United States by

35 percent. Fill your plate with more vegetables than meats and

carbohydrates. Then, each week, make a small change, such as

switching from soda to water or trading cookies for fruit as an

afternoon snack.

-- Portion sizes can be deceptive. Aim for food portions no larger than

your fist.

-- Quit eating on the go. Your brain needs 20 minutes to register that

your stomach is full. To avoid binge eating, eat before you get too


-- At the grocery, pay attention to nutrition labels. Stay clear of any

foods that contain more than 20 percent of your daily fat intake.

Also use a grocery list -- and stick to it -- to avoid the impulse

buys that may add empty calories to your diet.

-- You probably learned at an early age, but may have lost sight of diet

rule No. 1: Eat your fruits and vegetables. The more fruits and

vegetables you eat per day, the less likely you are to develop

cardiovascular disease.

The best way to establish a habit is repetition. So don't give up if you first fail to meet your expectations. Most people do not successfully meet a resolution on the first try. Write down your goals (be specific) and what you hope to achieve from them. If you find yourself leaning toward old habits, read these to remind yourself why you wanted to change in the first place. Keep trying and you'll have a healthier 2008!

HealthSaver, an emerging health care discount program, offers savings on prescriptions, vision care, complementary and alternative health care treatments, vitamins and supplements by mail and more than 1,500 fitness clubs nationwide, including select Bally Total Fitness, World Gym and Ladies Workout Express locations.

About HealthSaver

HealthSaver offers discounts of 20 percent on vision care, as well as discounts of 10 to 50 percent on prescriptions at participating pharmacies, 20 percent off complementary and alternative health care treatments and fitness club benefits. HealthSaver also offers discounts of 10 to 35 percent on dental care services at some 42,000 participating provider locations nationwide, including routine cleanings, X-rays, fillings, orthodontics, and even popular cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening. Members can also save from 5 to 50 percent off vitamins and supplements by mail. Discounts are based upon reasonable and customary costs or manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) and are only available from participating providers. HealthSaver is not an insurance product or service. More information about HealthSaver is available online at or toll free by calling 1-800-7HEALTH (1-800-743-2584). A one month trial membership in HealthSaver ( or 1-800-743-2584) costs $1 and can be canceled anytime during the trial period. Unless the member calls to cancel during the trial, membership will be extended automatically and billed to a credit card number at the $149.99 annual fee. Members may call toll free to cancel at any time and receive a refund of the unused portion of their current year's fee. HealthSaver is offered by Affinion Group, a leader in the membership, insurance and loyalty marketing businesses, providing products and services that touch the lives of millions of Americans.

About Affinion Group, Inc.

As a global leader with nearly 35 years of experience, Affinion Group ( enhances the value of its partners' customer relationships by developing and marketing valuable loyalty, membership, checking account, insurance and other compelling products and services. Leveraging its expertise in product development and targeted marketing, Affinion helps generate significant incremental revenue for more than 5,200 affinity partners worldwide, including many of the largest and most respected companies in financial services, retail, travel, and Internet commerce. Based in Norwalk, Conn., the company has approximately 3,000 employees throughout the United States and in 14 countries across Europe. Affinion holds the prestigious ISO 27001 certification for the highest information security practices, is PCI compliant and Cybertrust certified.
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