Friday, December 5, 2008

Top Ten Healthy Gifts

“A tooth cleaning for Christmas? Don't laugh. In a tight economy, giving the gift of health isn't just practical, it can be a life-saver. With disposable income scarce this year, giving practical gifts is in vogue. And what could be more useful than a tooth cleaning, or, say, GYN exam? Some of Planned Parenthood's affiliates offer gift certificates that recipients can use for birth control, among other things. It may be a controversial present, but it also might be just the right thing for the uninsured woman in your life. Even a traditional fruit-of-the-month subscription could be especially welcome this year as prices for groceries climb along with the unemployment numbers. Health truly is ‘the gift that keeps on giving,’ says James Rohack, president-elect of the American Medical Association. Here are 10 of the best ways to make 2009 a little healthier for your loved ones: #4. Fit Club. Splurge for a friend or family member who enjoys working out at the gym. Last year the average U.S. health club charged $35 a month or $402 a year, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. To find out information about local clubs, search by city and state on, a consumer Web site run by IHRSA. Some clubs, such as Club One, offer actual gift cards. Most offer gift certificates for memberships and personal-training sessions, according to IHRSA spokesman Kara Thompson. Check to make sure your friend or relative doesn't already own a gym membership: 41.5 million Americans currently belong to health clubs, according to IHRSA.”

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