My Perspective: Why I Walk a Mile in High Heels for WEAVE

Every May, I join other WHA colleagues who slip on high heels and walk a mile to help end violence against women. The thousand-man Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event supports programs for WEAVE in Sacramento – Women Escaping a Violent Environment – and has changed how our entire region works collectively to build…

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…

May is Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month was started 69 years ago as a national health observance by Mental Health America.  Their goal was to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Doctors now look at the whole person and not just the physical health, known as 360 degree health, because…

May is Stroke Awareness Month

You Don’t Need Super Powers to Be A Stroke Hero Start By Controlling Your High Blood Pressure Nearly 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, the leading-controllable risk factor for stroke, but you don’t have to! During American Stroke Month teach and take the following steps to manage your blood pressure and protect your health:…

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Western Health Advantage has a program to help those living with asthma. The program helps individuals manage their condition and supports their physician’s treatment plan. Learn more about this and other programs at mywha.org/dm.   Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) marks May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. As it’s…

World Immunization Week Brings Attention to Vaccines

World Immunization Week is held each year at the end 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, 2018. Immunization prevents an estimated…

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…