Take Care of Yourself AND Give Back With Vitamin Angels!

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vitamin angels
We all want to help others, don’t we? And how many of us need to take better care of ourselves? Most of us. What if I told you it was possible to do both at the same time? I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. It’s a beautifully simple project called Vitamin Angels. Walgreens and Centrum have partnered to help mothers and children receive the vitamins and minerals they need to lead healthy lives. You can help by buying Centrum vitamins for yourself and your family at Walgreens. For over twenty years Vitamin Angels has been helping at-risk populations (pregnant women, new mothers and children under five) gain access to life changing vitamins & minerals.

How many times has your doctor told you to take a good multivitamin? Ladies, haven’t we all heard and read that we need to start taking Calcium supplements long before menopause to prevent osteoporosis? And that if we’re of child-bearing age we should be taking folic acid, whether we’re planning to conceive or not? Magazine articles and news stories remind us about the vitamins and minerals our bodies need, and that we aren’t getting in our diets. Study after study has been done on how important Vitamin D is, for example. We’re not spending as much time outdoors in the sunlight as we used to, as children or adults. And lack of Vitamin D decreases Calcium absorption and makes both depression and chronic pain more difficult to treat. Vitamin Angels gives you 100 million reasons to take your vitamins – you can help bring 100 million mothers and children the essential nutrients and vitamins many of us take for granted.

Here’s my favorite local Walgreens. You’ll notice the vitamin aisle is right there next to the pharmacy.
vitamin aisle
That’s not accidental, folks! Vitamins and minerals are just as important as prescription medications for maintaining health and preventing illness. And your local pharmacist will be glad to talk to you about which ones are right for you. To start with, here’s a “nurse tip”. When your doctor says “a good multivitamin” he or she means a name-brand one. Over-the-counter dietary supplements aren’t overseen as carefully as prescription medications. I love a good bargain, but knock-off dietary supplements are not a good deal. Buy the good stuff – your body will thank you! And so will 100 million children. In fact, 1% of all sales of Centrum vitamins at Walgreens will go to Vitamin Angels!

I found most Centrum products right at eye level when I started shopping. They sort by formulation, so be patient as you search.
location on shelf
I had a bottle I’d intended for my use, but when I looked carefully it was the one designed for men! Here’s the Women’s version.
centrum for women
There’s also a plain Adult variety if you like to share. There are, of course, a variety of Centrum children’s vitamins, Centrum Silver for ages fifty and up, and specialty mixtures for Vision, Energy, and Heart health.  If you get overwhelmed, just ask the pharmacist.

This made me laugh, but I do live in Louisville, Kentucky – the allergy capital of the United States. There was no way to get close to the pharmacy without dodging this big display, which I’m sure they are now re-stocking at least twice a day:
Pretty sad, right? *sniffle, snort*After I’d selected vitamins for myself, my husband, and my teen son I headed for the register and came across this fabulous bargain:
laundry detergent
The money I saved there easily made up the difference between knock-off vitamins and the “good stuff”. And odds are I’ll find a similar bargain next month when I go vitamin shopping again, especially with my Walgreens Balance Rewards Card! Oh, and did I mention that when you spend $30 or more on eligible Centrum products you’ll receive 10,000 Balance Rewards points? WOOT!
walgreens card
My husband is a few years older than I am, so when he and our son, John, came home I reminded Michael that this was his personal bottle
Centrum Silver
(on the mantle where he drops his car keys) not to be confused with John’s (next to his toothbrush) or mine (in a tub with all my other meds) since I am not yet fifty 🙂 I am close, though, and will probably switch over soon. I just won’t tell Michael!

Speaking of age, one of the things I am continually thankful for is that all my medical issues and the financial woes we are still dealing with did not start when I was younger and the kids were small. It all began with a huge herniated disc that I have no idea how I got, so it easily could have happened decades ago. Thankfully, I was healthy and working full-time when each of the boys were born, so buying good prenatal vitamins for me and children’s vitamins for them was not a concern. These days every single thing has to be budgeted for, and some things just don’t make the cut. I’m so glad to hear about a program to help young families in that situation. Believe it or not, food stamps do not cover vitamins or other dietary supplements. Crazy, right? But thanks to companies like Centrum and Walgreens we can all help remedy that oversight. Just keep that in mind next time you vitamin-shop for your family. I sure will!

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6 thoughts on “Take Care of Yourself AND Give Back With Vitamin Angels!”

    1. Mine probably would have except it happens to be between two nice, stiff ones I rarely use. I probably have twenty on my keychain! #all aboutthebargain

  1. Oy. How I wish I had a Walgreens within 15 miles… And here I thought Podunk Allegan gere in MI was the allergy capital…

    Fabulous nails by the way! They still look GREAT!

    1. Oh, honey. We are down in the Ohio Valley. If I visit family 80 miles away in Lexington I breathe GREAT! Then, driving home, there’s point where you can look down and SEE the air in Louisville. It’s not pollution, either. All our beautiful parks are designed by someone famous whose name escapes me. He selected trees without thought to POLLEN. You probably would only be safe visiting me in the middle of winter 🙁

    2. Oh, and these nails are lasting longer than any Jams yet. I guess it’s because of the layer of polish UNDER them, because that’s the only thing I’ve done different. I’ve had them on since the 8th or 9th and they are still PERFECT on fingers and toes. I’ve had to re-do the nails with just polish twice, but the Jams are as tight and pretty as the day I put them on!

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