Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

Make the back-to-school transition smooth for your familyWith children nationwide either already back in school or soon to be, parents are busily charting carpool schedules and bracing for homework wars. While this can be a stressful time of year for moms and dads, it can be even more so for students. That’s why Health Net, Inc. is sharing tips to help ensure a smooth back-to-school transition for the whole family.

Recognizing the challenges that the start of a new school year can bring, MHN’s health educators developed the following tips to make this annual passage a positive one.


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Strategies to Defeat Morning Madness

Fast asleep togetherFor many of us, mornings – particularly weekday mornings – are a stressful blur of snooze alarms, semi-conscious showers, and mad dashes out the door accompanied by a sinking feeling of already being hopelessly behind.

If you’ve had your fill of morning madness, sample the suggestions below. While there are no magic morning bullets, even small tweaks can reframe the way you start your day.

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10 Small Changes that Deliver Big Health Benefits

Enjoy your H20!Staying healthy can sometimes feel like a herculean task. But don’t despair, because – the reality is – small changes can deliver big health benefits.

What’s the best thing you can do to preserve good health and guard against future ailments and diseases?

Here are 10 things you can do that will help move the needle in the direction of good health.

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Simple Tips for Healthy Aging

Make healthy aging possible

Tips for healthy agingHave you noticed that the numbers in the phone book seem to be getting smaller? Do you find it harder to get down on your knees to look under the bed—and to get up again?

There’s no question that age brings changes to our lives. And yes, some of them we’d prefer to avoid.

Physically, for example, stiffening joints can make it harder to get around. And many people find that their short-term memory just isn’t what it used to be.

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Know Your Sun Safety

Sun safety tipsNow that summer is officially in full swing, it’s a good time to sound the sun-safety alarm.

While the threat of skin cancer has been well publicized, many Americans are largely unaware of the serious medical problems that can result from being in the heat. Learn about the warning signs of heat stroke, and keep yourself and your family safe.

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Hospital Safety Score

How safe is your hospital?

The Leapfrog Groups publishes a Hospital Safety Score, which assigns each hospital a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) to indicate how safe the hospital is for patients. Grades are based on how well hospitals prevent medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. This is especially important because according to a study released last September in the Journal of Patient Safety, as many as 440,000 people die a year from preventable medical errors in hospitals.

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Help Your Kids to Stress Less

Help your child to stress less.

Stress is a part of life—even for kids. From home life to homework, from making friends to making the grade, the pressure is on.

As much as you want to protect your kids from all life’s problems, that just isn’t possible. But you can help them learn to handle what life brings – from ways to build their confidence, to guiding them to making good decisions, to showing them useful coping tools and tips they can use even when you’re not there to help.

These ideas can help your children to feel safe, secure and loved.

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Tips for Grade A Grilling

Grilling tipsSummer is prime time for grilling up memorable meals.  Some would argue that food tastes best when cooked outdoors. Whether you’re a grill master or a barbecue newbie, break out the tongs and fire up the fun!

Following is smorgasbord of grilling tips and tricks. This article is mainly for meat-eaters, but you can apply many of these same tips to grilling vegetables or tofu, too.

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Safety Checklist: Keeping Baby Safe at Home

 Keeping your baby safe at homeYou might think you’re all set for your new baby. The crib you bought and carefully set up meets the current safety standards. You know that little ones should sleep on their back, not their tummy. Your car seat is installed the right way. But is your home-safety checklist complete? Here are some tips to help keep your baby safe.

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