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.

 

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You Can Quit for Life

quit for lifeAre you ready to set a clear path to quitting? About 20 minutes after you quit tobacco, your body begins an amazing healing transformation that reduces your risk for cancer and many other health problems associated with tobacco. The Quit For Life® Program is here to help you every step of the way—beginning with a one-on-one phone conversation with a highly trained Quit Coach® staff member. Together, you’ll map out a personalized plan to help you overcome the triggers and barriers that make it hard to quit. Plus, your coach will give you tried-and-true strategies to manage cravings, handle social situations, and avoid triggers that can derail you. Continue reading

myStrength – The health club for your mind™

Decision-Power-IiStock_000017627693XSmallMental health is an integral and essential component of health. Health Net understands this and is partnering with myStrength to offer Health Net members complimentary access to myStrength.com.

 

myStrength is a dynamic and personalized website that offers clinically-proven mental health applications to help with mental health challenges utilizing tailored wellness resources.  Continue reading

April 20 Webinar: Sensible Eating with Plant-Based Foods

Pain-fighting foodsEvidence suggests that a plant-based diet can help prevent and even reverse some of the top killer diseases in the Western world, and can be even more effective than medication and surgery. Many people switch to eating a plant-based diet because they want to lose weight, improve their heart health, stay healthy as they age, improve blood pressure or manage diabetes.

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On the Trail to Safety

Desert Trail Hike

 

Now that the weather is nice, you might be tempted to take a hike. A reinvigorating hike in the great outdoors is a great way to get in touch with Mother Nature.  Hiking encompasses everything from taking a quick walk in the woods to climbing major mountains with a 40-pound pack.

Regardless of distance, the best strategy to have fun and stay safe in the woods is to plan and prepare in advance of any amble. Read on for tips on getting started and making any adventure go smoothly.

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10 Small Changes that Deliver Big Health Benefits

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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Set the Stage for Your Produce to Shine

Fresh organic vegetables in wicker basket in the gardenLet’s give a hand to fruits and vegetables! They’re the nutritional stars of your diet. But there’s nothing worse than loading up during your weekly trip to the farmers market only to find them languishing limply in your crisper drawer days later. To keep produce fresher for longer, try these four tips for coaxing the most out of produce.

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How Our Four-legged Friends Boost Our Well-being

woman and dog cropped iStock_000045940508_SmallWhether it’s Fluffy, Fido or Flicka, learn how animals enrich our lives

Research has found there are numerous human health benefits to owning a pet. Animals have been shown to improve health in several ways and can have social and psychological benefits as well. It’s clear to see that while we are taking care of our pets, our pets are taking care of us.

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Three-Bean Chili with Chunky Tomatoes

Vegan bean chili

National Nutrition Month

March marks National Nutrition Month, a great reminder for all of us to eat healthy. Not only is the following recipe from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute good for you, it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

Three-Bean Chili with Chunky Tomatoes

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Serving size: 2 cups

 

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