#AD #100MillionReasons to take my vitamins (and why you should too)

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How many of you remember eating those crunchy, almost tart-tasting Flinstone vitamins when you were a kid? Back then, that was pretty much the choice available for kids to get their vitamins. As icky as they were, I’m good they were available. Can you imagine not having access to a simple thing like vitamins? Walgreens is partnering with Vitamin Angels to donate a portion of their profits from vitamin sales, including all Centrum vitamins, to provide vitamins and minerals to moms and kids in need.

Shop-Centrum-VitAngelsIn case you’re unfamiliar, I thought I’d share a bit about Vitamin Angels. Vitamin Angels is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide at-risk mothers and children life-saving vitamins and minerals. In 2014, Vitamin Angels reached 40 million children in 45 countries and are distributing 300 million vitamins in 2015.

When I learned about this program through #CollectiveBias I knew I wanted to be a part. You see, I don’t know what it’s like to grow up without the vitamins and nutrients I need. I do know what it’s like to grow up with a birth defect that causes all kinds of health problems. I think I would have had more problems if I was malnourished like many children around the world, including right here in the United States. 

When I was a toddler, I would be placed in this device that would help me learn to bear weight on my legs. I otherwise would not have been able to do this because of the Spina Bifida.
When I was a toddler, I would be placed in this device that would help me learn to bear weight on my legs. I otherwise would not have been able to do this because of the Spina Bifida.

 

I grew up reasonably healthy and happy. Here I am with my grandpa, great-grandma and my dad. This would have been taken in the very late 1970s or early 1980s.
I grew up reasonably healthy and happy. Here I am with my grandpa, great-grandma and my dad. This would have been taken in the very late 1970s or early 1980s. Forgive the poor photo quality… it’s a picture of a Polaroid (yes, those old things!)

I’ve come a long way since then and experienced a lot. I’ve even had gastric-bypass surgery so I now am required to take vitamins to fight the nutritional malabsorption from that surgery. I love that I have easy access to affordable vitamins at places like Walgreens. They even have a deal right now where you get 10,000 Balance Reward points if you spend at least $30 on Centrum or other related vitamins and minerals.

I'm all grown up now but I still take multivitamins to give me the basic boost of nutrients I need.
I’m all grown up now but I still take multivitamins to give me the basic boost of nutrients I need.

For this project, I chose to focus on the good old-fashioned multi-vitamin. I can absorb chewable vitamins easier so I’m glad Centrum has a wide variety available.

They of course have a variety of kids' chewable vitamins.
They of course have a variety of kids’ chewable vitamins.
But they also have an almost bigger assortment of chewy vitamins formulated for adults.
But they also have an almost bigger assortment of chewy vitamins formulated for adults.
Centrum also makes multivitamins formulated for specific health needs. I often take ones that have more B vitamins, for example.
Centrum also makes multivitamins formulated for specific health needs. I often take ones that have more B vitamins, for example.

All of these vitamins, including information about Vitamin Angels, are available in the vitamins and minerals aisle at any Walgreens location. Mine is right by the pharmacy so it’s pretty obvious. It’s also handy in case you have questions about what vitamins should be taken together (or not).

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Folks, this program is really important and you know what? It’s not asking you to do anything other than what you should be doing to protect your health. Kids and moms need the vitamins and minerals … and so do you. I invite you to join me in this #100MillionReasons and even check that hashtag on social media to read what my fellow bloggers are saying.

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2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Thanks for this, Jamie!
    I am sure vitamins are just the thing. Recently I read a study that found people who take a simple one-daily vitamin live longer than those who do not. Period.
    Convinced me!
    My husband drives right past a Walgreen’s on his way to and from work. I think I’ll put a bug in his ear? 🙂

  2. Vitamins are such an important thing to bridge the gap for nutritional deficiencies. I love that Walgreens is making it so easy for customers to help give back to such a great cause! #client

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