Give Kids a Healthy Start to the School Year

Dr w child and mom copyKids across the country are heading back to school, which is an ideal time for parents to make sure that their children are up to date on their vaccines. With that goal in mind, August is National Immunization Awareness Month – an annual educational initiative designed to increase awareness regarding the crucial role that immunizations play in disease prevention ― from infancy through the senior years. Continue reading

Four Facts Every Parent Should Know About Bullies

Talk to your child about bullyingIf you’re a parent, it pays to know as much as you can about bullying. The more you know, the better you can keep your child safe from bullies.

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

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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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Three Ways to Outsmart Diabetes

Eating healthier meals to combat diabetesDiabetes is a common disease, and it’s important to  learn as much as possible about the latest medical therapies and approaches, as well as healthy lifestyle choices. Do you worry about getting type 2 diabetes? Maybe it runs in your family or you already have prediabetes. Millions of Americans do.

The good news: You can change the future.

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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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