Immunizations Improve the Health of Children

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 21-28, 2018 and highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s also an important reminder to parents that infectious diseases are preventable. Milestones Reached Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States. Several important milestones have been reached…

WHA Sponsors Free Admission to the Crocker Art Museum

On the third Sunday of each month you can visit the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento for free, thanks to Western Health Advantage! We’re proud to support this program and our region’s overall well-being and health. WHA is the lead sponsor of the Crocker’s “Pay What You Wish Sunday” program, which gives visitors free general…

April is National Autism Awareness Month

Join Western Health Advantage in observing April as National Autism Awareness Month, which promotes autism awareness, autism acceptance and draws attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. Did you know? Every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with autism. Autistic individuals use a variety of unique ways to communicate. Many individuals…

My Perspective: Ways to Protect Yourself Online

Most of us have personal computers that connect to networks, so we’re vulnerable to someone accessing our information. I want to share some advice from Western Health Advantage’s Information Services Department department about practices which can help you manage your privacy. Lock your computer screen when you are away Use passwords and encrypt sensitive files…

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

March 27, 2018 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Western Health Advantage and the American Diabetes Association promote this day to bring awareness about the risks for developing type 2 diabetes – and what can be done to prevent it. In the U.S., 86 million people have pre-diabetes, putting them at high risk for developing…

National Poison Prevention Week is March 18-24, 2018

Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the U.S. The third week in March each year is designated by Congress as National Poison Prevention Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the burden of poisoning in the U.S. and highlighting specific ways to prevent it. All Californians are reminded to be prepared…

Kick Butts Day is March 21, 2018!

  Kick Butts Day, organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, occurs on March 21, 2018. This is a great day to get involved in helping smokers you know give up smoking. If you or someone you know smokes cigarettes, know that quitting is far and away the best step you can take toward improving…

WHA Starts a Community Fitness Program

Western Health Advantage’s mission includes affecting positive change through outreach and giving back to our community. That’s why we’ve recently created CommunityFit, a neighborhood program open to everyone, not just WHA members. The program takes place in Sacramento and runs from March 13 to May 4, 2018. CommunityFit is a free community-based fitness program offering classes…

Colorectal Cancer Screening is Very Important

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Western Health Advantage is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March. In California, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed (excluding skin cancers), with over 15,000 Californians diagnosed annually. Thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection, and treatment, more than a…

Join WHA at the 2018 Sacramento Undy Run/Walk! 

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 Western Health Advantage (WHA) will be raising awareness about colon cancer by participating as a sponsor and as a team – WHAtch Your Tushie – in the 2018 Sacramento Undy Run/Walk put on by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. Sacramento is one of over 20 cities nationwide that holds an Undy Run/Walk, and this…

WHA and Covered California Share Similar Aims

  Covered California’s open enrollment period, which is for individual plans, just ended. Thinking about that reminds me of some of the differences between how our state implements the Affordable Care Act compared to how it’s done at the federal level. The differences stem from competing beliefs as to whether the ACA should be an…