Expert Advice for Smart Workouts
Summer travel can take you to elevations well above sea level, and it may be challenging for those unused to high altitudes to acclimate to the reduced oxygen in the atmosphere. It can also complicate your exercise efforts. Dr. Lineberry of Mercy Medical Group offers guidance on working out in high places. inated.
Immunizations Save Lives
The number children who died in the U.S. during the 2017-2018 flu season hit an all-time high with 186 deaths. About three-quarters of these deaths occurred in children who were not vaccinated.
Enjoy a Relaxing Summer Vacation with Peace of Mind from Assist America
Members of Western Health Advantage benefit from the added comfort provided by Assist America. As part of WHA’s health plan, urgent care and emergency care services are covered wherever you are in the world. Anytime you travel 100 miles or more away from home, even in a foreign country, you are eligible for Assist America’s assistance services, which include:
Take Precautions to Prevent Drowning this Summer
It’s summertime and that means it’s time for lemonade stands, grilling, picnics, beach days and pool parties. Unfortunately, in California, drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five. Each year, near-drowning incidents result in life-long disabilities.
5 Tips to Avoid Common Summer Travel Hazards
It’s summer time and children are out of school, many folks are taking a vacation or planning one, and it’s probably hot outside! For hospitals and urgent care centers, however, this is a time of year to be ready. As people enjoy the outdoors and engage in more adventurous activities, the number of injuries and trauma incidents seen at hospitals double, compared to winter, according to Assist America. The most common causes of injuries during the summer include car accidents, severe sunburn, water-sports injuries, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and falls.
6 Food Safety Tips for Summer Events
Summer is prime time for outdoor cooking, such as around Independence Day, July 4th. Don’t let improperly prepared food ruin your summer event. Here is a bit of advice for this season’s outdoor eating—from picnics to dinner parties.
Fighting Off Seasonal Illnesses
No one wants to spend a beautiful day sick in bed. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to lower your chances of getting a spring cold or other seasonal illness.
To Your (Mental) Health
Taking care of yourself when you are feeling anxious or alone can be tough. Read on for some easy ways to help chase away the blues.
11 Ways to Get More Active
Do you sometimes find that you’re not in the mood to go to the gym? Fortunately, there are other ways to get in a workout! For maintaining a healthy lifestyle, consider these alternatives:
Celebrate the LGBTQ Community at the Sacramento Pride Festival
Join over 10,000 attendees on Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9 for the Sacramento Pride Festival, an LGBT celebration that promotes acceptance and pride with a parade followed by an outdoor party on the Capitol Mall. WHA is a supporter of the event.
Join WHA on June 8th for Family Day at Safetyville
The newly revamped Family Day at Safetyville, held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11 AM to 3 PM, is a free event designed to give families valuable information and access to community resources in the Sacramento area. The event takes place in a unique miniature city that is designed to teach children safety skills. Western Health Advantage is a sponsor of this event.
June is Men's Health Month!
Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
How safe are e-cigarettes?
Since being introduced in 2006, e-cigarettes continue to appeal to those wishing to stop smoking or as an alternative to regular cigarettes. Use of e-cigarettes or e-cigs is called “vaping,” which uses cartridges that are filled with a liquid that contains nicotine, flavoring and other chemicals and is then heated into a vapor and inhaled.
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) marks May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. As it's a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, this is a perfect time to learn about these conditions.
May is Stroke Awareness Month
You Don’t Need Super Powers to Be A Stroke Hero
Start by Controlling Your High Blood Pressure
About 75 million Americans have high blood pressure, the leading-controllable risk factor for stroke, but you don’t have to be one of them!
May is National Osteoporosis Month
One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis, yet many people are not taking steps to prevent this condition. To mark the start of National Osteoporosis Month this May, Western Health Advantage is raising awareness of this disease, which affects 54 million Americans.
Immunizations Improve the Health of Children
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 27-May 4, 2019 and highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s also an important reminder to parents that infectious diseases are still a threat to children of all ages and are preventable.
World Immunization Week Brings Attention to Vaccines
World Immunization Week is held each year in the last week of April to promote the use of life-saving vaccines for all children – particularly those who are consistently excluded. This event is observed by UNICEF, immunization partners, governments and civil society organizations around the world. World Immunization Week runs from April 24-30, 2019.