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Western Health Advantage needs your help to turn holiday dreams into reality for the kids at the Sacramento Children’s Home. We are collecting items for the Sacramento Children’s Home through Monday, December 15.

  • Drop off items at: 2349 Gateway Oaks, Sacramento, CA 95833 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
  • Items must be new and unwrapped.
  • Accepted items are: New jackets, toys, bikes.
  • Gift cards are happily accepted. Suggestions: Wal-Mart, Target, Kohls, Old Navy. Barnes & Noble, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Raley’s and Safeway

Questions about donations? Please call Western Health Advantage Community Relations department at 916.563.2203.

Make a plan to stop smoking.

Make a plan to stop smoking.

Today is the Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. On this day, smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

Are you ready to quit smoking? WHA can help!

If you’ve tried to quit smoking in the past and haven’t been able, you have good reason to take heart. Most studies show that people who have been successful tried multiple times. So don’t give up. Above all, remember this: If you quit, your body can start to repair itself. Within one year of quitting, your risk of developing heart disease drops by half. And 10 years after quitting, your risk of dying of lung cancer is no greater than that of someone who never smoked.

What can you do to quit? Examine the reasons you smoke, and start keeping track of the times and situations that trigger the habit. This will help you develop a strategy to thwart the urge. Set a quit date and get prepared. Tell your family and friends so they can support you through the process. Those with strong support networks have much higher success rates kicking the habit.

Help is available!

  1. Talk to your doctor: Make an appointment and tell them about your goal to stop smoking so they can recommend medications to help you quit.
  2. FREE Classes: As a WHA member, you have access to smoking cessation classes sponsored by our network’s medical groups, even those not connected to your primary care physician’s (PCP’s) medical group. Unless otherwise noted, most health programs or classes are FREE and you can join online. Learn more at mywha.org/classes.
  3. Visit Healthyroads: Register online at mywha.org/healthyroads for 24/7 access to wellness tools, such as a personal health assessment, customized meal and exercise plans, smoking cessation resources, health trackers, and much more.
  4. Online Resources: Take the time to visit the following websites. They offer an abundance of resources and can be found by visiting: American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

nationaleatinghealthyday

Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association’s National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating.

Here are 6 Tips to Help You Eat Healthier!

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  • Limit Portions: Learning what a portion size actually is—and eating that amount—is tricky. People are notoriously bad at estimating what a cup of breakfast cereal looks like.
  • Don’t skip meals: If you’re starving, you’re more likely to eat an extra-large portion. For most people, the best plan is to eat three well-designed meals and one snack. “People need to eat a minimum of three times a day, avoiding going longer than five hours without eating,” says Nadine Uplinger, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and director of the Gutman Diabetes Institute at the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia.
  • Serving size vs. portion size: Serving sizes per container are listed on the nutrition facts label. For example, a small bag of pretzels may say that it contains two servings, so if you’re eating the whole bag—your portion size—you’d have to double the calorie, fat, and carbohydrate information per serving to know how much you’re consuming.
  • Develop good “eating out” habits: First, fill up your plate with green veggies, and get full on those before eating other food. Then, when ordering a meal, ask the server to only put half the meal on your plate and pack the other half to go.
  • Plan your meals: Write down what you eat, think before you eat, and then eat slowly. Snacks should typically contain no more than 100 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrate, so plan ahead. Some good choices include three cups of plain popcorn, 17 small grapes, a 6-ounce container of artificially-sweetened yogurt, 15 mini pretzels, or a tennis-ball size piece of fruit,.
  • Change plates to lose weight: You can drop 18 pounds this year just by changing plates, according to the Small Plate Movement. Start with a plate that’s between 9 and 10 inches in diameter, closer to the size of your grandmother’s china.

Source: www.health.com

WHA is here to help you!

Need help? We love to help!

We want to help you get the most out of your health plan. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Need to reprint your ID card? You can download and print a new one by logging in to your MyWHA account. Or download the WHA Mobile App and you’ll always have your WHA benefit information with you. Visit MyWHA.org/WHAMobile for more information.
  • Need a new doctor? Visit MyWHA.org, then click “Change Your Doctor” from MyWHA tools.
  • Want to provide feedback? Visit mywha.org/securemessage and choose “Member Services” to drop us a note.
  • Have questions about how your WHA high-deductible health plan and your health savings account work? Visit MyWHA.org/HSA for information on how to maximize these tools and get the most out of your health care.
  • Do you know what doctor visits and tests are FREE? Learn more at mywha.org/guidelines.

You should always feel free to call Member Services 888.563.2250 and know we look forward to hearing from you. We know you have choices, and we are thankful you chose WHA.

Although the possibility of being diagnosed with breast cancer can be terrifying, doing all you can to get cancer detected early is a powerful step you can take.

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WHO SHOULD GET A MAMMOGRAM?
The guidelines for screening mammograms are routinely reviewed by nationally recognized organizations. As a result, changes to the recommendations are inevitable. Although the organizations agree on many points, some differences do exist. The following recommendations are from two nationally recognized sources:

  • American Cancer Society (ACS)  recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40 as long as the woman is in good health. Although this screening exam has limitations, most physicians believe mammograms save thousands of lives every year. WHA strongly suggests talking with your doctor about these recommendations and what the best option is for your health care needs.
  • United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends biennial (every two years) screening for women ages 50 to 74 years.
  • Breast cancer prevention also includes getting a clinical breast exam every three years for women in their 20s and 30s.
  • Remember: Clinical breast exams and regular screening mammograms are your best tools for catching breast cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY EXAM?
To get the best-quality mammogram:

  • Schedule your mammogram for a day when your breasts won’t be tender or swollen. This will make the exam more comfy and ensure the best possible image.
  • Don’t wear an antiperspirant or deodorant. Some contain substances that show up as white spots on the
    X-ray, which can make a mammogram difficult to read.
  • If you’ve noticed any breast symptoms, describe them to the technologist.

Get a Mammogram, Win a Gift Card!

You’ve earned it: After your mammogram, enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card.*

Simply complete the online form at mywha.org/women.

* To qualify, the exam must have been performed by a WHA provider within the past year and you must have been an active member at the time of service. Limited to one submission per year.

Watch this amazing video of breast cancer survivors sharing their stories and encouraging you to share yours. Support breast cancer awareness month. #BCAstrength

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1. Take quicker steps. Pushing your pace will improve your cardiovascular fitness.

2. Use your arms. Bend your arms slightly and move them with your steps.

3. Don’t use weights. If you do, you may increase your risk of injury.

4. Walk up and down hills. Varying your grade will help you burn more calories.

5. Use a pedometer. A Stanford University study showed that participants increased physical activity by 27 percent when they kept track of their steps.

At Western Health Advantage, we believe that you deserve every opportunity to reach your health goals. With WHA you have access to a suite of health and wellness programs and resources, including:

  • 24/7 nurse advice via private chat or phone
  • Gym and fitness center discounts
  • Instructor-led classes and support groups
  • Healthyroads™ online wellness tools
  • A library of delicious yet healthy recipes
  • Preventive care resources and information

Visit mywha.org/healthyliving to take advantage of these resources and get started on your path to a healthier and happier life!

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What do Adam Levine, Salma Hayek, and Justin Timberlake have in common? Well, other than fame and fortune, they are all living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Here are some common question and answers to help you learn more about this condition.

Q: What is ADHD?
A: ADHD is a common condition that affects the areas of the brain that help to control impulses, solve problems, plan ahead and understand the actions of others. The most common type is when people can’t seem to sit still and pay attention.

Q: How do I know if my child has ADHD?
A: The best way to find out is take note of your child’s behavior and actions. Watch for these symptoms then talk to your child’s doctor and let him or her know what you have noticed. Does your child:
• Daydream a lot?
• Forget or lose things a lot?
• Squirm or fidget?
• Talk too much?
• Make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks?
• Have a hard time resisting temptation?
• Have trouble taking turns?
• Have difficulty getting along with others?

Q: How long does ADHD last?
A: ADHD begins in childhood and often lasts into adulthood.

Q: How is ADHD treated?
A: Since every child is different, how they respond to a particular treatment will vary. There are several options for parents. Your child’s doctor may recommend one of the following treatments:
Medication: Some patients have shown significant improvement, according to studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Behavioral Therapy: Combined with medication, behavioral therapy helps with a child’s coping skills and changing your child’s way of thinking.
Psychotherapy: This can help your child understand his or her behaviors and how to cope with them.

Q: Where can I learn more about ADHD?
A: There are several reliable sources that you can find online. Here are some that will give you the most accurate and evidence-based information:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
aacap.org

American Academy of Pediatrics
aap.org

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
cdc.gov

Child Development and Parenting Information
childdevelopmentinfo.com

Children and Adults with ADHD
chadd.org

Institute of Mental Health
nimh.nih.gov

Sources: cdc.gov; aap.org; National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Education

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