Care Begins With Me


It’s Your Turn for Some TLC

Join us for Care Begins with Me, Sacramento’s premier annual health and lifestyle event just for women. The inspiring event is held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Learn more about health and kindness and connect with other women.

You’ll hear from keynote speaker Kimberly Williams-Paisley (@kimwilliamspais), the former “Father of the Bride” star and author of “Where the Light Gets In,” in which she writes about the struggle to face her mother’s dementia, her own fears about it happening to her one day, and her family’s adjustment as her mother entered an assisted-living home.

You’ll also attend Care Talks with Dignity Health doctors. There will be a lifestyle, fashion, and beauty galleria, along with gourmet food and drinks, as well.

Bring your friends – because of course you care about them, too. Register today at CareBeginsWithMe2016.org


One in three children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Western Health Advantage encourages your family to make healthy changes together.

  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.

For more information, visit American College of Sports Medicine.

Western Health Advantage also has information on adolescent health at mywha.org/teen.


September is National Cholesterol Education Month so this is a good time to focus on that aspect of your health. High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States. High cholesterol is asymptomatic; therefore, blood cholesterol screening is the only way to know one’s risk.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends regular cholesterol screening for men aged ≥35 years, women aged ≥45 years, and men aged 20–35 years and women aged 20–45 years who are at an increased risk for coronary heart disease.

Lowering high cholesterol or maintaining a healthy cholesterol level can reduce the risk for heart attack or stroke. Health behaviors such as engaging in physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, following a heart-healthy diet, and using medication can all contribute to the maintenance of a healthy cholesterol level and decreased risk for heart attack or stroke.

Educational materials and additional information are available at CDC.gov.

Western Health Advantage also has tips for living more healthfully at mywha.org/healthyliving.


September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and is sponsored by FEMA.  National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events.

The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care for at least a short period of time following an incident.

What you can do:

  1. Bookmark National Weather Service to stay informed on severe weather.
  2. Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts, messages that will be sent to your phone during an emergency.
  3. Get practical tips on preparing for disaster at Ready.

Take Action
Make sure that you and your family are prepared for an emergency. Ensure that you can go for at least three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or other local services.

What you can do:

  1. Prepare a disaster supply kit with at least three days of food and water.
  2. Create a Family Emergency Plan so that your family knows how to communicate during an emergency.
  3. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.

FEMA’s Ready.gov website provides detailed information on what may be most important to you and your family. You can find specific information tailored to specific needs such as people with disabilities, seniors, assisting children, business readiness, and even information for your pets. For more information, see Ready.gov



The Junior Designer is responsible for the creation and production support of a wide range of projects including printed brochures, flyers, advertisements, promotional items, websites, digital assets and more. The Junior Designer assists with the creative direction of internal and external materials produced by Western Health Advantage’s Marketing department while maintaining the organization’s brand standards.

Primary Duties:

• Design materials, either from scratch or from existing templates, to meet the needs of internal clients.
• Ensure design is consistent with overall brand and meets company standards to maintain and promote the positive image of the organization.
• Utilize an understanding of typographies, layouts, animation and art direction to help the Marketing team produce the best work possible.
• Produce attractive and effective designs for all media platforms.
• Contribute to the entire creative process from inception to production.
• Offer input at creative meetings and share ideas and knowledge related to current trends with marketing, sales and promotion techniques.
• Support the Marketing team as well as other departments on their creative and communication needs.
• Exercise creativity within the context of established design guidelines and templates to produce a variety of brochures, advertisements, web graphics and online pages, display graphics, booklets and similar projects incorporating original and supplied images.
• Assist with internal client contact on consumer-facing print and communication efforts, ensuring all client projects accomplish goals and adhere to agreed-upon timelines and budgets.
• Collaborate with staff for copyediting, proofing, database reports and other services needed to complete projects.
• Monitor job status in regards to deadlines and provide updates to clients and the Marketing team.
• Maintain computer file systems assuring that all jobs are promptly and properly archived.
• Represent Western Health Advantage at community events, when directed.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Marketing, Communications, or a similar discipline.
• 2 years’ experience working in design, marketing, or a related field.
• Experience designing for print and digital with a strong understanding of typography, layout and art direction.
• Video production/editing and photography skills are a plus, but not required.
• Experience working with PC and Mac platforms required.
• Proficient computer skills, specifically using Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office Suite. Other beneficial experience includes the understanding of content management system (CMS), digital marketing tools, video production software and social networking channels.
• Excellent command of the English language as it pertains to grammar and spelling required. Strong ability to integrate words and images into creative templates.
• Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand the primary language(s) used in the workplace.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to hr@westernhealth.com EOE.

Western Health Advantage cannot offer employment to individuals who would require sponsorship to work in the United States.

Prepare for the 2016-2017 Flu SeasonImmunizationblog


National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccinations. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on vaccines recommended for them.

These recommendations include an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a yearly flu vaccine is advised for everyone as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. The CDC recommends you get the flu vaccine as soon as it’s available each year; the vaccine’s protection lasts throughout the flu season.

At WHA, keeping you and your family healthy is our top priority. Preventive care services such as immunizations are part of your medical plan, at no additional cost to you! (Coverage for WHA services depends on eligibility at the time of the service.)

For a complete list of 2016 recommended immunizations for children and teens, visit mywha.org/guidelines.

For more information, visit CDC

Portrait of beautiful woman buying vegetables in supermarket

What has changed?
In May 2016, the FDA reclassified medical foods as over-the-counter/non-prescription medicines. The FDA did this because they determined that medical foods can be used safely and effectively without a doctor’s supervision. This may help lower health care costs as prescription costs, doctor visits, lost time from work, insurance costs, and travel are no longer needed. Additionally, consumers can manage their own health care by buying medicines over the counter.

What is a medical food?
Medical foods are processed nutritional products formulated specifically to manage a disease or condition. They are specially formulated, defined, and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medical foods are not drugs and so patients don’t need a prescription to obtain them.

Medical foods are created for children and adults and are available in a variety of forms. They may be used for chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, inborn errors of metabolism (such as amino acid and protein metabolism disorders), mitochondrial disease, wound healing, pain management, gastrointestinal disorders, and neurological and psychological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

Insurance Coverage
Health plan coverage for medical foods varies widely. WHA, for example, covers prescription medicines, but excludes coverage for most over-the-counter medications, supplies or equipment. Members who take medical foods are therefore responsible for the cost of those foods.

What to Do if You Need Help Buying Medical Food
There are several possible sources of assistance listed on the WHA website if you cannot pay for your medical food. Click here for more information.

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