Thursday, December 8, 2011

Save a Few Bucks: Drink Water!

Healthy and Active Before 5 (HAB45) kicked off December with great reminders on eating well, living actively and watching your health. They’re all things that you’ve heard before… Exercise is good for you. Make sure you eat a balanced diet. Avoid sugary drinks. …and so on. 

But when you’re with HAB45, there are suddenly tons of reasons to be listening to these messages. First of all, they’re fun. Creative tasks like mandatory standing ovations break up the everyday meetings and bring laughs and encouragements to everyone. The point is to get on your feet, get the blood pumping, and avoid becoming a desk-bound lump.  Just as their name says, it’s all about being healthy & active.

Many people think that staying healthy can be hard.  Well, it could be as simple as looking at what you drink.

And what should you drink? Water!

When you consider making healthy choices, maybe it’s not just about preferences.  It’s also about cost. Compare the price of a bottle of water to an equal sized bottle of soda, juice or Gatorade. If you’ve been to the store lately, then you already know that water is much cheaper. But what if we could take it a step further?  

Don’t you already pay for water?  That’s right.  The pipes and faucets are telling signs that you already have water coming straight into your house. Tap water in most of California is actually among the best in the country, and in Contra Costa County it’s even better. Just as the Contra Costa Water District.

And when you hash out the numbers, who could argue? Fiji water runs about $2-3 per bottle (about the same price as that Gatorade you might buy).  That amounts to about $32 per gallon.  And how much is your tap water?  One penny buys you 3 gallons! (And who said a penny doesn’t buy you anything these days?)

Next time you’re considering buying bottled water or juice or soda, think about the fact that each of those costs more than 300 times your water at home. Plus, that water at home is likely better for you.

At the Chavez Center we love the message that Healthy & Active Before 5 is spreading. Healthy and active living is great for anyone – whether you have a job, are looking or are a stay-at-home parent. 

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