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Make The Most of Your Health Plan
Staying Well – Using your Plan Helps!
Most think that a health plan simply gives you medical coverage for when you are sick or injured. But when you enroll in a WHA plan, you get preventive care, such as vaccines and screenings, immediate access to care, and money-saving resources that keep you well!
5 Steps to Choosing the Right Health Plan
Choosing the right health plan for you and your family is not always an easy task. There’s much to consider. WHA wants to help by providing these 5 tips to help in the process.
WHA members now have two ways to get a flu shot – at your pharmacy or PCP
It’s more important than ever this season to reduce the spread of respiratory illness, such as the flu. One reason is that if you get the flu, it could put you at risk for COVID-19.
WHA Medicare Advantage plans now available during Annual Enrollment Period
Western Health Advantage now offers its WHA MyCare and WHA MyCare Plus HMO plans to Medicare-eligible residents in six Northern CA counties: Marin, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.
Heart and Stroke Walk is Coming September 26, 2020
The Sacramento Heart and Stroke Walk Digital Experience is coming up.
September is suicide prevention month. To save a life, read about trigger events and free crisis phone line.
Time To Reboot Preventive Visits
If you put off seeking preventive care for fear of contracting COVID-19, now there are strict measures in place in all medical facilities to protect you, such wearing face coverings (or masks), visitor policies, protective supplies, and even isolation of COVID-19 patients. If you are due for your annual preventive check-up, call to schedule a visit with your doctor today.
May is both National American Stroke and High Blood Pressure Month
Mind Your Risks® is a public health campaign sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that educates people with high blood pressure about the importance of controlling blood pressure in midlife (from the ages of 45 to 65) to help reduce the risk of having a stroke and possibly developing dementia later in life.
5 Common Questions About Type 2 Diabetes
More than 30 million people in the United States are living with diabetes. Most have type 2 diabetes, caused when the body isn’t producing enough insulin, can’t use insulin properly, or both. Read on for some commonly asked questions about the condition.
Join WHA at the 2020 Sacramento Undy RunWalk!
On Saturday, February 22, 2020 Western Health Advantage (WHA) will be raising awareness about colorectal cancer by participating as a sponsor and as a team – WHAtch Your Tushie – in the 2020 Sacramento Undy RunWalk put on by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
Monitoring and managing your blood pressure is one of the best ways to help your heart health
High blood pressure is sometimes called the “silent killer” because it doesn’t typically have symptoms. Left untreated, it can lead to serious health issues including heart attack and stroke.
Fortunately, there’s a simple way to prevent blood pressure-related complications from sneaking up on you: Check your blood pressure regularly and discuss the results with your doctor. Investing in a blood pressure device for home use is ideal to check your level between doctor’s visits. You can also check your blood pressure at your local pharmacy, where devices are located in waiting areas.
Go Red for Women
Did you know that February marks American Heart Month? Did you know that heart disease is the #1 health risk of all Americans?
3-2-1: How You Can Help Teens Build Healthy Habits
Holiday treats and New Year’s resolutions can serve as opportunities for adolescents to reflect on their eating, exercise, and nutrition habits. Healthy habits in the teen years can support teens’ development now and their health in the future. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Office of Adolescent Health has some suggestions below for adults to keep in mind as they support teens in making healthy choices.
Folic Acid – Why it's important before and during pregnancy
WHA wants to spread the word about the importance of folic acid for women. The first full week of January is Folic Acid Awareness Week. Several national and international health organizations promote this week to increase awareness of the importance of consuming enough folic acid, particularly for women thinking of becoming pregnant and for women who are already pregnant.
Take Steps to Prevent Cervical Cancer this January
Many young women are missing the opportunity to be screened for cervical cancer. As January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, WHA would like to remind you of the importance of cervical cancer prevention and early detection. Cervical cancer, which forms in the tissues of the cervix (the organ connecting the uterus and vagina), is almost always caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, which is spread through sexual contact.
Depression Can Happen to Anyone
Before she was a famous author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling was a young, divorced, single mother who experienced thoughts of suicide. One doctor brushed off her concerns but another realized the seriousness of her symptoms and successfully treated her with cognitive behavioral therapy.
December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Each year December is observed as National Safe Toys and Gifts Month.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season and year round:
Join WHA at Sacramento's Santa Parade
Western Health Advantage is excited to support the annual Santa Parade, being held Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Downtown District near Capitol Park in Sacramento. The parade route goes around Capitol Park – N Street to NOW 9th , and up L Street to 12th .
National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 1-7, 2019
It’s not too late to vaccinate – get your flu vaccine today if you haven’t had one yet!