CVS/pharmacy Shares Three Simple Tips for Staying on a Path to Better Health

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With significant new findings on the positive effect of daily vitamin regimens released this week by Brigham and Women's Hospital and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there is more evidence than ever to demonstrate it is the small, everyday steps consumers take that can have the biggest impact on their overall wellness. In keeping with its purpose to help customers on their path to better health, CVS/pharmacy encourages all customers to consider making simple lifestyle changes to experience long-term health benefits.

"Given this latest research, it's important that people talk to their physicians and pharmacists about taking a daily multivitamin if they aren't already," says Troyen A. Brennan, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "This is one of a few simple steps our customers and patients can follow each day in an effort to remain healthy."

CVS/pharmacy offers the following three tips for positive ongoing health benefits:

1. Take vitamins daily. According to the new research released by Brigham and Women's Hospital, taking a daily multivitamin was shown to help adult men reduce their risk of cancer. In the 15-year study, involving nearly 15,000 men over the age of 50, findings showed that participants who took a multivitamin for an average of 11 years had an 8 percent lower risk of getting cancer, compared with those randomly chosen to get placebos. Taking a daily multivitamin may also help to make up for insufficiencies in diet and to support a healthy immune system.

CVS/pharmacy offers a vast selection of popular and national brand vitamins and supplements in all 7,400 store locations, including special formulas for men, women and seniors, providing options for customers to choose a multivitamin that meets their needs. Over the past few months, CVS/pharmacy has expanded its own CVS Brand supplements to include new options such as gummy vitamins for adults, formulated to meet the specific nutritional needs of men and women, and new prenatal gummies. CVS Brand multivitamins typically cost 20 to 40 percent less than national brand alternatives, but include the same active ingredients and follow the same strict testing guidelines and FDA regulations as national brands. All CVS Brand products carry a 100 percent money-back guarantee to ensure customer satisfaction.

2. Take steps to avoid getting a cold or the flu. Getting a flu shot is the best protection available to prevent catching the flu and spreading the virus to others. It's important to get the flu shot annually because influenza strains change every year and the body's immunity to flu viruses declines over time. Every CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic location across the U.S. are providing flu shots every day, no appointment needed. For more information, customers can visit CVS.com/flu.

Other easy ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness are frequently washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleanser, covering your cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, avoiding contact with people who have the flu, and staying home from work or school if you are sick.

3. Take medications as prescribed. There are many factors to consider to ensure that you are taking your prescribed medications correctly, such as when, how and how much of a medication should be taken, as well as avoiding specific foods, drinks or other drugs that may reduce the treatment's overall effectiveness or cause unpleasant side effects.

More than 30 million Americans take five or more prescription drugs regularly, and more than three out of four people stop taking their medication within the first year of therapy. Following doctors' orders when taking prescription medications, and talking to their pharmacist before starting any new diet, exercise or health regimens is important for CVS/pharmacy customers to keep in mind to truly take a proactive role in managing their overall wellness.

CVS pharmacists are available every day, either face-to-face in our stores or over the phone, to answer customers' health questions. Consumers can also find a variety of health and wellness resources online at CVS.com or the CVS mobile app.