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Protect you and your family's health by getting your flu shot

Published: 12/06/2021

During National Influenza Vaccination week (Dec 5-10), it’s a good time to get your flu shot. Adults and children age can get an annual flu vaccine, but especially people at higher risk

Heartburn...or something more?

Published: 11/19/2021

Got Heartburn? Relief is on the way!

Food is an important part of any celebration, regardless of culture or religion. However, food is not supposed to make us feel bad. We hear about heartburn and acid reflux on television ads but what is it and how can you curb the symptoms? And, when should you take it seriously so it doesn’t become a chronic condition.

I'm Healthy, Which Plan is Best for Me?

Published: 11/17/2021

It’s open enrollment time (Nov. 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022). If you do not get a health plan through an employer, now’s the time to shop and enroll. But how to choose the best plan, especially when you are healthy and don’t see a doctor very often?

Individual Open Enrollment Shoppers Guide

Published: 11/03/2021

First time shopper’s guide to getting a health plan

If you are shopping for a health plan for the first time, the process can be daunting. So, whether you are cyber-savvy or would like personal help over the phone, these health plan tips will help you select the best 2022 plan for you and your family.

New Medicare Advantage Plans for 2022

Published: 10/28/2021

WHA MyCare (HMO) Medicare Advantage Plans for 2022

Our MyCare and MyCare Plus Medicare Advantage plans just got better. For coverage in 2022, you have two choices:

How to save a woman's life? Early detection is the key with these 3 steps

Published: 10/06/2021

If you are seeing pink right now, it’s because of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A time when we remember the lives of women who have been touched by breast cancer. It’s the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women of 44-55 years of age. Yet diagnosed early, and in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 99% according to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Bring your family together to prepare – it's never been more important

Published: 09/21/2021

California has always had its natural disasters (think earthquakes), but recently, residents are dealing with more urgent threats from wildfires, smoke, and storms. It’s important to know how to track where an “event” is happening and prepare appropriately for the unexpected. 

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Published: 09/07/2021

Learn how to take quick action if someone is struggling with suicidal thoughts

The number of suicides in the U.S. is growing and quickly becoming a public health crisis. Be aware and vigilant about the mental health and well-being of friends and family members around us.  

The Eyes Have It - During National Eye Exam Month

Published: 08/16/2021

Having your vision checked should be part of taking care of your overall health, just as you go to the dentist or get a yearly physical. As we recognize August as National Eye Exam Month, it’s the perfect time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

National Immunization Awareness Month

Published: 08/09/2021

Team: defined as coming together to achieve a common goal. Most Americans in 2021 have a common goal: to eradicate COVID-19. Today, we have a shot at that, but the best way to keep us COVID-free, is to vaccinate against the virus.  

Sun protection – skin cancer

Published: 07/15/2021

Sunscreen or Sunblock – Which to Choose?

By now most of us know that while a summertime glow may look healthy, ultraviolent (UV) radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer. 

Plan for the Unexpected with Teladoc

Published: 07/07/2021

Planning for the unexpected may sound like a contradiction in terms, but in this case, the planning is easy. Getting urgent care through your PCP is always the best option. But, as a backup option, WHA partnered with Teladoc to ensure our members have virtual access to urgent care 365 days a year, even weekends and holidays.

Men's Health: Reduce health risks through lifestyle changes

Published: 06/21/2021

If your husband, brother, father or other men in your life refuse to go to the doctor regularly, you are not alone. Men have much less contact with doctors than women do. Yet, going to a regular checkup – even when they are healthy – is good for long-term health and wellbeing.

Breaking down the barriers to help men stay fit

Published: 06/10/2021

June is National Men’s Health Month. Time to get the proverbial tune-up for your body (and mind). Studies show that men tend to visit a doctor less often than women, which is worrisome because routine checkups are key to finding problems before they turn into major health issues. 

Know before you go – care support while traveling

Published: 05/19/2021

Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, it’s important to know how your WHA health plan gives care support when you travel than 100 miles from home.  

Developing mental health and well-being

Published: 05/13/2021

Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Use these tips and resources to improve your mental health. 

Relieve back pain without drugs or surgery

Published: 04/26/2021

When you have back pain, you want relief – fast! 

COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available to Anyone 16 or older

Published: 04/14/2021

Here is the Where, When and Why to get your shot. 

Let AHA's 'Move More' Tips Boost your Mood

Published: 04/09/2021

Sitting for eight hours each day or at low levels of physical activity can negatively impact your health – both physically and mentally.

Seasonal allergy relief, naturally

Published: 03/29/2021

As spring-like weather arrives, so does the pollen count. And, it’s a perfect time for stocking up on tissues and allergy medications, as well as an opportunity to try some natural remedies as well.   

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