How are health and money connected?This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

Money and health.  Health and money.

Have you ever thought about the connection between the two?  Of course, if you have a lot of money, you can receive the best health care available.  You may be able to eat the best foods available.

These two distinctions are most important when it comes to the very rich and the very poor.

But what about the rest of us?  What about the middle class?

Since I was 21, I’ve struggled with my money.  I have struggled with my weight long before then.  But do the two go together?

Suze Orman Visits The Biggest Loser

How the two relate was brought to life for me back five or six years ago when I watched Suze Orman appear on an episode of The Biggest Loser.  She predicted one participant, Danny, would be the winner because Danny had just finished paying off $45,000 in credit card debt before coming on the show.  The rest of the participants had such low FICO scores, they didn’t want to talk about their money situation.

In a discussion with Suze Orman, Danny said, “I think it all has to do with control.”  He went on to say he’s learning to budget his calories like he learned how to budget his money to get out of debt.

By the way, Danny Cahill did win The Biggest Loser that year.

An Up Close View of Health and Money Management

My mom and dad also both struggled with their weight and money.  The struggle ended for my dad in 1986 when he died of colon cancer at just 38 years old.

He didn’t have much life insurance, just what he was given at work and through the credit union.

All the doctors we spoke to said that his colon cancer must have been genetic because even with a bad diet and being overweight, he shouldn’t have died of colon cancer that young.

My parents often had stress from managing finances, working overtime, taking care of kids, etc.  Normal living stress.  They felt that the couldn’t afford life insurance, but not having it comes with a huge financial burden if the unthinkable happens.

They definitely could have benefited from John Hancock new program.  John Hancok is  is trying to help people who don’t think they can afford life insurance by partnering up with Vitality to offer life insurance purchasers the chance to get a reduction in premiums and other great perks for implementing healthy lifestyle choices.  Participants will get their own free FitBit to help track healthy behaviors like remaining tobacco free and exercising.

I love this idea because John Hancock’s Vitality Program makes life insurance more affordable, and it gives people an incentive to make healthier choices.  This is a financial and physical win/win that can help people gain more control of their finances and their physical health.

To get started, check out John Hancock’s Vitality Age Calculator.  I was shocked to see that my Vitality Age was 50(!!!), six years older than I really am.  Yikes!  I guess I better start exercising more.

I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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