Do You See What I See? Cataract Awareness Month Tips

Senior Couple Relaxing In Summer Garden Wearing Hats

Age 40 is a momentous age for many people. It’s a time when there are some distinctive mind and body changes – differences that have much to do with metabolism, skin and hair. Thankfully, resiliency is also known to surface around this time!

 

Age, in fact, affects the eyes, too. There are currently 24-million Americans age 40 and older who have cataracts, according to a report put out by Prevent Blindness America. Continue reading

It’s Men’s Health Month, so Three Cheers for Dad!

Father And Son Hiking In Countryside Wearing Backpacks

There’s no doubt a father wears many hats to help his children succeed in the world. Provider, teacher, disciplinarian, listener, spiritual leader, friend – these are all attributes any good father possesses. Which is why, on Father’s Day, it’s important to say “thank you” to the dad who helped shape the person you are today, and/or to the dad who is doing a great job helping raise your children.

 

And while you can buy the dad in your life a father’s day gift, there really is no replacement for simply spending time with him. At Health Net, we’ve rounded up some good mental and physical ways to enjoy Father’s Day – whether you’re seven, 17 or 70 – with a deserving dad. Continue reading

Arthritis Awareness Month Topic: Growing Pains or Something Else?

You might think you know what the word arthritis encompasses: pain in the joints of an older person. But the reality is that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, and they don’t discriminate by race, sex or age.

 

Unfortunately, about 300,000 children and teens live with the swelling, joint pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion that comes with childhood arthritis, otherwise known as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). In fact, there are nine different types of JIA, and only about 10 percent of children have the kind of arthritis that mirrors rheumatoid arthritis in adults.

 

What was often brushed off as mere “growing pains” is now taken more seriously as we know so much more about the onset of this disease. Continue reading

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

sad business personGetting On When You’re Laid Off

 

Companies conduct layoffs in different ways. Some decide it’s best for morale and productivity if layoffs happen swiftly; others give a couple weeks to several months’ notice so employees have ample time to transition their workload.

 

Either way, layoffs can be tremendously difficult for those leaving and, oftentimes, hard for the associates staying aboard. If you find yourself blind-sided and enjoy your job, then feelings of frustration, bitterness and betrayal will likely surface.

 

In honor of Mental Health Month, Health Net talks layoffs — what to do if you’re affected by a transition and how to keep your mental health in good order. Continue reading

It’s North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH)

building workerWorkplace safety ranks high with workers when it comes to labor standards. In fact, a study by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago states that 85 percent of employees ranked workplace safety above family and maternity leave, minimum wage, paid sick days, the right to join a union and overtime.

 

That’s saying a lot. Employers who put workplace safety at the top of their lists end up thankful in the long run.

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Health Care Coverage Coming to Undocumented Children in CA

All children – regardless of immigration status – will now be eligible for Medi-Cal health benefits.

For the first time, health care coverage is on its way to approximately 170,000 low-income children in California whose immigration status is undocumented.

As of May 1, 2016, children under 19 years old will be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal health benefits regardless of their immigration status. Continue reading

Every Kid Healthy Week

Katie LongoWhat started as a school project ended up changing the outlook of this SoCal runner.

 

The morning of February 14, 16-year-old Katie Longo laced up her running shoes and grabbed hold of her confidence. In just a few hours, she’d be joining the other 25,000 participants running from stadium to sea in the 26.2-mile 2016 Sketchers Performance L.A. Marathon.

 

Katie, running in the youngest division, had trained for 15 weeks prior to the big day. Never mind that experts agree starting in smaller races, like 5Ks and 10ks, is a good way to go or that training for a marathon – especially your first one – could take up to a year. Katie knew what she wanted to do and nothing was going to break her focus. Continue reading

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

15865-a-teen-girl-texting-while-driving-pvDying to get that text from someone? You just might.

 

Take a look at the eyes in the cars around you the next time you’re at a stoplight. Where are they looking? One would hope the windshield, but the reality is that more and more people are distracted while driving.

 

The on-demand world we live in today has us wired to be in the know with what’s happening around us at all times. Many of us experience the fear of missing out (#FOMO) on everything from national breaking news to knowing the second a child arrives safely at a friend’s house. Continue reading

The Most Compassionate Gift You’ll Ever Give: Organ Donation

2016_BlueGreen_Instagram_WebIt was 25 years ago when my grandmother got the good news from University of California Irvine. “We have a cornea for you!” the young man on the other end of the phone announced. My grandmother was 80 years old and blind in her left eye. The hospital was about three hours away, and she needed to get down there as soon as possible. Continue reading

Help Your Children Steer Clear of Underage Drinking

Ask someone without kids what kind of parent he or she would be and you’ll hear everything from “dependable” to “understanding” to “the kind my parent wasn’t!”

 

When kids enter the picture, however, those parenting proclamations don’t always hold up. Because, really, just how understanding will you be when you discover your 14 year old drinking with her friends behind the stadium bleachers? Continue reading