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October: Surviving and Enjoying the Six Stages of Parenthood
In this session we will examine, not child, but parental development from the prenatal phase through the empty nest, or departure phase, combining the human development theories of Freud and Erikson with concrete, contemporary insights from the book, “The Six Stages of Parenting”. Join us on Tuesday, October 17th
To register, please click here.
November: Elder Law Basics
Estate and long-term care planning are imperative to ensure a smooth transition into the later part of your life. We will discuss what Elder Law encompasses and how an Elder Law attorney can help you as you age. The discussion will focus on estate documents such as powers of attorney, healthcare directives, living wills, wills and trusts and will discuss long-term care planning including the different programs and planning available to help with the costs of long-term care and protecting your assets for your loved ones. Join us and take an active role in planning your future on Tuesday, November 21st
To register, please click here.
December: Emotional Composure – Remaining Unruffled & Dynamic Under Stress
Emotions are a healthy part of the human experience. Acknowledging emotions and understanding your personal stress style is the first step in beginning to control them. In this session, we will discuss a selection of customary stressors as well as techniques for exercising control over them. Join us on Tuesday, December 19th
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Delta Health Systems now has the option for you to receive electronic Explanation of Benefits (EOBs). By following the simple instructions in the flyers provided below, you can choose to opt-in to receive electronic copies only. Once this change is made, you will receive an email every 21 days if you or a family member has received care. You will still be able to view and print EOBs via the Delta Health Systems website once a claim is processed.
NOTE: Dependents over the age of 18 must log in and select their option separately.
If you do not login and select this option, you will continue to receive episodic EOBs paper copies in the mail every 21 days. Please download and review the appropriate flyer below for more information.
Avante Health is a locally owned mental health and substance abuse insurance provider. Avante Health has been providing the Mental Health and Substance Abuse coverage for Fresno Unified School District members since 2009.
Avante Health exists to assist our members in obtaining the highest quality mental health treatment services available in the Central Valley.
We provide authorization for services which include mental health evaluations, counseling/psychotherapy, medication evaluations and treatment by psychiatrists, inpatient hospitalizations, and treatment services for chemical dependency.
Avante Health contracts with professionals in the local community who must meet rigorous standards of providing treatment which is effective and consistent with identified standards of care.
If you need to seek mental health or substance abuse treatment, we are here to assist you. The first step in this process is to call and speak with one of our clinical staff. They will evaluate your needs and make the appropriate referrals. The number to call is (559) 261-9050.
Our website – www.AvanteHealth.com – also contains many useful articles and videos pertaining to the services we offer, including links/videos about:
Knowing where to go if you get sick or hurt can save you lots of time and money, and help you get the best medical care. How do you choose where to go when the unexpected happens? The emergency room (ER) shouldn’t be your first stop — unless there’s a true emergency. Go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 if:
If you need help but it isn’t an emergency, follow these steps:
Learn more about choosing where to go for services, as well as information about choosing a doctor, by checking out the following downloads from Anthem Blue Cross:
By Paola Rodriguez, MD, dermatologist, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center
With so many sunscreen options, picking the right one can become a daunting task. My recommendation? Choose the one you’ll wear! Pick something you’re comfortable using on a regular basis. After all, any sun protection is better than none.
So why so much emphasis on regular sunscreen use? Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than five million skin cancer cases are diagnosed annually. While some people are at an increased risk for skin cancer, individuals of all ethnicities and skin tones can develop it.
The cause? The most significant risk is overexposure to ultraviolet light. The sun’s ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays (UVA and UVB), as well as the lights used in tanning beds, damage our skin, causing early wrinkles, skin cancer and other skin problems even when we don’t burn. That golden tan that people yearn for is the body’s attempt to protect itself from the sun’s harmful rays.
Now let’s talk about sunscreen and how it protects our skin. There are two types of sunscreen: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens, also called mineral or natural sunscreens, use UV filters to reflect and bounce light right off the skin. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, use active ingredients to absorb UV radiation, preventing them from penetrating the skin cells and causing damage to their DNA. Most physical sunscreens naturally have a broader spectrum of activity, blocking both UVA and UVB rays. Chemical sunscreens, however, combine multiple active ingredients to provide broad-spectrum coverage.
Patients often ask, “what sunscreen should I use?” and I explain that it depends on their individual skincare needs. For example, physical sunscreens made with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide tend to be better for patients with sensitive skin, since it doesn’t get absorbed into the skin. Chemical sunscreens, which are absorbed into the skin, are made with chemical UV filters – most commonly oxybenzone, homosalate and octinoxate – and some people have higher rates of allergic reaction to them. People with sensitive skin should also opt for products that are fragrance free and dye free, with as few extra ingredients and preservatives as possible.
One key difference between physical sunscreens and chemical sunscreens is the texture. Physical sunscreens tend to be thicker and can leave a chalky cast on the skin. Chemical sunscreens appear white upon application, but are quickly absorbed into the skin. If you have any concerns about skin sensitivity or the risk of absorbing small amounts of chemical filters, opt for a physical sunscreen. But if you’re concerned with the texture or appearance of a physical sunscreen, opt for a chemical sunscreen instead. Either way, the benefit of blocking UV rays far outweighs any risks of using sunscreen – no matter the type.
If a person’s skin type falls into the normal category, I recommend choosing a sunscreen that best meets their personal preference and lifestyle needs. The various sunscreen applications – cream, lotion, stick, spray and gel – are all practically equally efficient at protecting the skin from UV rays.
If you or your child is prone to breakout, however, I recommend that you opt for an oil-free formula that’s non-comedogenic. These are water-based instead of oil-based, so they’re lightweight and won’t clog skin pores. They’re also less likely to aggravate acne. Additionally, because many acne medications and acne treatments can cause sun sensitivity, making the skin more vulnerable to burns, it’s especially important that acne patients adequately protect their skin. Another great option for acne patients are sunscreen powders.
For people with dry skin, I recommend a hydrating lotion or cream-based formula.
Finally, no matter what sunscreen you use, keep these points in mind:
Your day doesn’t end when the bell rings. You’re so busy helping others, you end up postponing your own life and important goals. Like financial planning. Making a will. Or even taking care of your health. Here’s an easy way to check off key tasks without spending a lot of time or money. Check out the Life Services Toolkit, a service available with your Group Life insurance from Standard Insurance Company.
You’ll find valuable tools and links to key resources. You can use them to cross more off your list. Then move on to your next big day with less on your mind. Life services you can access anytime:
The Life Services Toolkit is provided through an arrangement with Bensinger, DuPont & Associates (BDA) and is not affiliated with The Standard. BDA is solely responsible for providing and administering the included service. This service is not an insurance product.
The Standard is a marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and subsidiaries. Insurance products are offered by Standard Insurance Company of 1100 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon in all states except New York. Product features and availability vary by state and are solely the responsibility of Standard Insurance Company.
Personal concerns can impact your work performance and overall functioning. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) helps you resolve personal issues before they become more serious and difficult to manage. You and your family members can receive professional, confidential counseling at no cost. The EAP also provides access to resources that can help you address virtually any personal concern or question, including monthly webinars.
Anyone who has flown commercially is familiar with the safety speech at the beginning of the flight. You are advised in the event of a loss of cabin pressure to put on your own oxygen mask first and then help others. Why?
If you are unconscious, you are not much good to anyone else. The same is true in life. If you don’t take care of yourself first, then you will have less to share with anyone else. Let me be very clear here, taking care of yourself first is not acting selfishly. When we exhaust ourselves trying to meet others’ needs, we finally collapse under the load and are useless to everyone.
If you have a tendency to put others’ needs ahead of your own, you probably feel guilty and selfish every time you do something for yourself.
The problem is that you will not be able to live a full and meaningful life, learning and growing stronger from adversity, if you don’t take care of yourself.
Download Claremont EAP’s Self-Care Guide (PDF) for more details about:
Much of the research on happiness can be boiled down to one main prescription: give thanks. Practicing gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, reduce the risk of depression, heighten relationship satisfaction, and increase resilience in the face of stressful life events.
The challenge is, gratitude doesn’t always come easily. The negatives in our lives sometimes occupy more of our attention than the positives.
Download Claremont EAP’s Gratitude Tip Sheet (PDF) for details about these 4 great strategies for gratitude:
Of all of the human senses, vision is typically regarded as the one that has the most ‘value’ to quality of life and is labeled as the “Precious Gift of Sight”. Loss of sight would have a devastating effect on all of us and would most definitely be an impact that would affect us for our entire lives.
Most people that visit an eyecare specialist do so when their vision is blurry, or our eyes are reddened, or we seem to be having difficulty reading that small print. Many people regard a vision plan as something that is only needed for those that need glasses.
The reality is that everyone needs to have regular eye examinations as a key part of an overall wellness program.
More than half of vision problems may be prevented by regular vision care examinations.
Routine eye examinations may also detect other illnesses, such as glaucoma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, brain tumors, or multiple sclerosis.
One of every four children has a vision problem. Early detection can enhance a child’s growth and development.
Good vision is an essential component of a safe work environment.
Proper eyewear on the job can mean much less time lost/employee absenteeism due to injuries and chronic eye-related problems such as headaches, neck and back strain, and eyestrain.
Today’s workforce spends more time using computers. As a result, ninety (90%) percent of employees suffer from eyestrain, giving rise to productivity concerns.
Vision insurance is a wellness benefit. Meaning, you do not have to be sick to use it. In fact, regular eye routine examinations can help you guard against becoming ill.
Download a more detailed PDF with the facts about Glaucoma, its risks, and tips living with the condition.
– Health Tip: Understanding The Food Label
– Recipe of the Month: Sweet Potato Carbonara with Spinach & Mushrooms
Healthy Kids, Healthy Teeth
This February, brush up on your dental know-how in time for Children’s Dental Health Month. At what age should a baby first see the dentist? What can you do to prevent baby bottle tooth decay? How much toothpaste should a toddler use?
Grin! for Kids
Packed with games and activities, this printable children’s coloring book is a fun way to learn about dental health.
Cheesy zucchini rounds
Quick to prepare, this tasty snack features slices of baked zucchini with crispy Parmesan cheese.
Got a teething baby? Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.
Here’s what teens and parents need to know about life with braces.
7 great sources of calcium
Help your kids build strong teeth with these nutritional sources.
Pinnacle Training Systems is a locally owned company formed in 2009 by Dr. Felicia Gomez to help individuals and companies reach their health, fitness and athletic goals. Pinnacle Training Systems applies scientific principles to each and every program and service offered, giving individuals and companies of all shapes, sizes and abilities a clear way to identify and achieve their goals.
Dr. Felicia Gomez has a Ph.D. in Exercise, Metabolism, and Nutrition. With over 20 years of experience in the fitness and wellness field, Dr. Gomez has unparalleled expertise in transforming personal health. Her passion for fitness developed from her successful career in elite sports as a professional cyclist and duathlete. Her favorite saying: “If you love something, with all your heart do it,” captures how she lives her life – dedicating herself to excellence in every endeavor.
Pinnacle Training Systems is unique from other wellness vendors in that their entire team is comprised of individuals who are specifically trained in Preventative Care. All staff members at a minimum hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and other health-related fields, many are in the process, or have completed their Master’s Degree. Because of their education and background, they understand how to apply scientific principles to the services they provide.
In support of the WellPATH program, Pinnacle offers fitness classes at District worksites providing a convenient and fun avenue to participate in physical activity to all District employees, spouses, partners, dependents age 18+, retirees, and early retirees.
Pinnacle Training Systems has served the employees of FUSD for the past 3 years, providing health screenings, group fitness classes, wellness challenges and a variety of other health and wellness services. It has been immensely rewarding to see the life changing behavior modifications that some people have made. We truly love working with such a great group of people!
January is always the time when many people make New Year’s Resolutions. Most of these are filled with good intentions and determination for success. However, as many of us know, a high percentage of New Year Resolutions fail. In this webinar we will discuss specific steps that can lead to success!
Pinnacle Training Systems offers personal training services, nutrition and weight loss consultation, and athletic and fitness training programs. Pinnacle also offer the following key webinars/programs:
In addition, Claremont EAP is the District’s comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offering counseling, work/life services, wellness and organizational assistance.
– Healthy Tip: Need a New Resolution? Try Being Positive in 2017!
– Recipe of the Month: Cauliflower “Rice” Salad
The holidays are upon us. This is a wonderful time of year to spend quality time with friends and family. However, the season can be stressful and wear us down emotionally and physically. Take time to Discover Acupuncture. You will experience first-hand the benefits of this ancient medicine.
Acupuncture is considered evidence-based medicine. It is a conservative, non-invasive pain-free therapy that can be performed in conjunction with another therapy or by itself.
Acupuncture is well-known to lower stress. People often use acupuncture for stress reduction and notice a greater sense of lightness and evenness to their moods. Regular acupuncture treatments are a great way to stay healthy and mentally balanced during high-stress times.
Acupuncture has become a mainstream therapy due to the high patient demand. Not all employers offer acupuncture. Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) recognizes the importance of keeping their employees healthy and happy by offering this benefit. There is no physician referral necessary.
To locate a network provider please visit www.FUSDAcupuncture.com.
This holiday season, Chirometrics wants you to remember to care of your own health and wellness. Make time for YOU! You will be better able to manage the shopping, meal planning, parties and celebrations if you are on top of your game. Make this holiday season as enjoyable as possible by making sure you feel your best!
Top 5 Self-Care Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress:
ChiroMetrics is a full-service complementary health management company providing chiropractic and acupuncture services to District benefit-eligible employees.
– Healthy Tip: A Guide to Holiday Survival
– Recipe of the Month: Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
Each month the WellPATH program offers healthful webinars from our partners at Claremont EAP and Pinnacle Training Systems. If you’ve missed a webinar or would like to share one with a friend, check out the archive below. You’ll also find links to other video resources on key health topics.
After you review the Pinnacle Training Systems monthly webinar, complete the Monthly Quiz and enter for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. You must complete the quiz to qualify for the prize drawing. The winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card.
All employees are encouraged to view our monthly webinars. Active employees, spouses, domestic partners, dependent children age 18 and over, early retirees (defined as a retired individual under age 65 and not eligible for Medicare), and retirees covered under the District’s health benefit plan are eligible to enter the monthly raffle drawing.
Please scan/email your completed quiz to the WellPATH Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it via District Mail to:
Attn: WellPATH | JHMB Employee Wellness Program
7110 Fresno St, Suite 350
Fresno, CA 93720
All quizzes must be received prior to the posting of the next month’s webinar (generally 30 days). The drawing will occur after the new webinar is posted and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.
Visit the Fresno Adult School Community Education website for more information: http://fas.asapconnected.com
Oct 2 – Dec 1
Oct 20: McLane
Oct 19: Ericson
Oct 19: Rutherford Gaston
Oct 20: Birney
Oct 10 @ 6 PM
By Pinnacle Training Systems
$50 Gift Card Raffle
Oct 17 @ 12 PM
By Claremont EAP
$25 Gift Card Prize
Classes Weekly Until Oct 27