The Second Time Around

How to care for yourself while raising a grandchild

 

Getting up to mischief togetherIt’s an Act 2 you didn’t anticipate.

After your last child left home, you thought your childrearing days were over. But now you’re raising a grandchild—and are back on the job again.  As much as your love your grandson or granddaughter, watching over a child late in life can be challenging—physically, emotionally and financially.

Still, there are ways to lighten your load.

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Health Net’s Program Tools for Members

Online Safety for TeensTaking charge of your health and making informed decisions are important investments towards successful long term wellbeing. Even when you are feeling fine, it is important to take preventive measures to help manage your health and identify potential health risks.

Health Net is offering a telephone/webinar based class to individuals that will increase awareness on what wellness resources, tools and support you have available to you as a Health Net member to help you live a healthy life. This webinar is offered to all Health Net members as well as non-Health Net insured individuals.

Feel free to share this information with your friends and co-workers!

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Emergency Room Or Urgent Care?

Just in time for summer, Health Net relays helpful information

 

medical doctor bandaging patientJune 21 marked the official start of summer – a season that, while generally associated with outdoor fun, can also often bring a host of injuries and illnesses.  While it’s hoped that the summer will unfold without incident, if an accident or illness occurs, individuals are advised to educate themselves – ahead of time – regarding where to seek care.

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Supreme Court Ruling: Key Takeaways

Court Finds for the Government

 

Health care reform updateThe United States Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act subsidies in federal-exchange states was made public on June 25, as only one of two cases released on this almost-final day of the court’s term. With its 6-3 decision, the court preserved the structure of the Affordable Care Act. Here are key takeaways of the decision.

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Water Conservation Tips

conserving water iStock_000053828542SmallWhether you live in California or elsewhere, you’ve likely been hearing a lot of talk about conserving water in your community.  Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. This stretches our supplies farther, and protects our lakes. Here are some simple tips you can start utilizing right away!

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Thriving in the Workplace after a Workforce Reduction

layoff announcement iStock_000007772282SmallLosing one’s job during a workforce reduction is tough. But those who remain in the workplace also feel the effects of cutbacks. If you still have a job, you may feel guilty and wonder why your job was spared. You may also feel anxious about your continued job security or changes in your role or workload. You may feel sad, unfocused or have physical problems, such as headaches or trouble sleeping.

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Well-child Visits Are Key to a Lifetime of Health

Pediatrician VisitLooking after a child from ages 0–17 can be a hard task for parents.

 

One of the best ways to keep your child healthy is well-child visits with his or her pediatrician (children’s doctor).

Your child’s doctor may schedule a well-child visit a few days after your baby is born. It is important for your baby to have six well-child visits in their first year.  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that well-child visits include the following:

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Pay Attention to Summer Safety

little boy in life jacket on the beachSafety is no accident

When it comes to seasons, summer is the popularity shoo-in. However, summer simultaneously is high season for injuries and illnesses, many of which are voidable. Children are particularly vulnerable to summer’s potential dangers, so adults are urged to be especially mindful of water safety, bicycle safety, and sun safety.  Learn tips about summer safety during National Safety Month.

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It Can Be a Real Pain: Migraine Myths and Facts

Chronic Pain ManagementIf you’re among the 37-million Americans who suffer from migraines, you are well aware of how very real – and often debilitating – these types of headaches are. Those who fall in the fortunate category of having never experienced a migraine, however, often harbor misconceptions about this neurological condition. In an effort to better educate the public, National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is observed every June.

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Skinny Sipping

lemonade iStock_000017242667SmallWhat Are You Drinking?

Which beverages help and which ones hinder on your way to healthy eating and weight loss?  Water is the best choice for quenching your thirst. Coffee and tea, without added sweeteners, are healthy choices, too.  But sometimes you need a little flavor that water can’t provide. So what then?  Stick to natural ingredients.  Many drinks are nothing more than a blood sugar spike waiting to happen.  Some beverages should be limited or consumed in moderation, including diet drinks, fruit juice and milk. Alcohol in moderation can be healthy for some people, but not everyone. Avoid sugary drinks like soda, sports beverages, and energy drinks. Here’s a summary.

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