Medicare Open Enrollment is an annual period during which Medicare plan enrollees can change their Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare prescription drug plan. This is also a great time to review if you are eligible for other programs that could save you money on Medicare premiums or prescription drug costs.
Medicare Open Enrollment runs until December 7, 2018 and any changes made during this time will be effective January 1, 2019.
Need to review your options? We have an opportunity to meet with State Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA) next Monday, December 3rd from 1-4 pm at our Maple Street Clinic, 3919 N Maple St.
Mornings are busy! Often times the last thing we think of before we rush out the door is breakfast. We are hurried getting the kids to school and ourselves to work on-time, maybe the kiddos are complaining they aren’t hungry, maybe they are hungry but nobody is in the mood for cold cereal, we haven’t been able to get to the grocery store and there aren’t many options…the list goes on. Yet, we know that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. So, what can we do to make sure our children get their day started with full bellies and fueled brains?
• Take advantage of the school breakfast program: Typically,
school breakfast begins serving about 30 minutes before school
starts. Not only is it a time-saver, but it is a cost effective and healthy
option. Free and reduced meal costs are available to families who
qualify (see your child’s school for an application).
• Plan ahead: Think about breakfast the night before and even have
the kids help in breakfast planning. Put together a crockpot breakfast
meal, pre-cut fruit or veggies, assemble breakfast burritos or bake a
breakfast casserole that only needs reheating in the morning.
• Keep it simple: Whole grain toast with peanut butter, fruit
smoothie with Greek yogurt and leafy greens, bagel and cream
cheese, oatmeal with fruit, hard boiled eggs with whole grain English
muffin, and yogurt parfaits with granola and fruit are nutritious and
portable options that can be made in less than 10 minutes.
• Think outside the box: Breakfast does not have to be limited to
typical breakfast food! Dinner leftovers, quick grilled cheese and
fruit, veggie wrap, reheated pizza or even a mug of chicken soup can
be a healthful morning breakfast choice!
• Make breakfast a family habit: Be a positive role model for
your child by eating breakfast yourself every day, create breakfast
meals together and try to develop a morning routine that allows you
to sit down and have a breakfast meal together.
Healthy teeth are an important part of a healthy body. Spending a few minutes each day taking care of your teeth keeps your smile beautiful and your body happy.
Did you know?
Children who visit the dentist before they are four years old are less likely to need dental procedures (crown placement, restorations, tooth removal) compared with children who start seeing the dentist at a later age.
Keep Those Pearly Whites Shining Bright
Clean teeth twice daily with a soft toothbrush
Brush for two minutes each time (sing the ABCs in your head three times!)
Start flossing once per day as soon as teeth begin to touch
Parents should supervise brushing until at least kids are able to tie their shoes
A word about fluoride:
Use fluoride-containing toothpaste for all children with teeth – For children less than three years, use an amount the size of a grain of rice. For children over three, use an amount the size of a pea!
Most of the water in the Spokane area is non-fluoridated, consider a fluoride supplement – ask your doctor!
Have fluoride painted on your teeth as often as recommended by your dentist or doctor
Watch What You Eat – Your Teeth Are Counting On It!
Frequent snacking and sugary beverages during the day may increase the risk of dental decay
If you plan on snacking on sugar-containing drink (soda/juice/sports drink), drink it within a limited time instead of slowly sipping during the day
Try to give your mouth a three hour break between sugary foods/drinks
After sugary foods and beverages try rinsing your mouth with water or chewing sugarless gum
Watch out for: hard candy, gummy candy/vitamins, cough drops, fruit leathers
A Moment for the Young Ones:
The first tooth usually appears around six months of age
Think about scheduling the first dental visit at the one year birthday
Start a training cup (sippy cup) at six months. Plan to ditch all bottles by one year
Factors that increase the risk of developing dental decay:
Bottle use beyond 12 months of age
Using a sippy cup throughout the day (especially for juice/sugary drinks)
We can’t believe that summer is nearing its close and fall and school are rapidly approaching. Back-to-school time can be an exciting and nerve racking time for both kids and parents. Time for fun. Time for learning. Time for cooler temperatures. We hope you are excited for the new school year. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your kids are healthy for back to school.
Annual checkups are an important part of everyone’s health, but especially kids. When you bring your child in for a check-up, you can expect a check of vital signs, measurements, physical examination, immunizations, and a chance to discuss concerns or to ask questions. Schedule you and your kid’s annual exam. At the same time, bring all your forms for school: sports physical, asthma, allergies, and medication administration.
First Day Worries
Many children (and parents) are worried about the first days and weeks of school. You can ease these anxieties by meeting the teacher before the first day and touring the classroom. Knowing what to expect can help kids be less nervous. Another thing you can do is to talk about the exciting things school brings (new and old friends, learning exciting new things, a new backpack).
Make Time for Healthy Choices
It is important to build time in the morning for a healthy breakfast. Studies have shown that eating breakfast helps children and teens perform better, focus better and have more energy during the school day. Encourage them to eat something with protein, to help them stay full longer. Make sure to plan out the week’s lunches to help ensure your child is eating healthy choices they will love (and while you are making their lunch, make your own too!).
Children need schedule and routine. The school year is a big transition, so be sure to start a sleep schedule now to be prepared for school. It’s also important to schedule afternoon time that includes homework. Some kids benefit from timers, planners, checklists or supervision to help them feel successful.
Questions? Your child’s pediatrician can discuss more concerns with back to school.
Measure the balsamic vinegar and pour into a saucepan. Bring it to a gentle boil over a low heat. Cook it until the balsamic vinegar has reduced to a nice thick glaze (but still pourable), about 15 minutes. Allow the reduction to cool to room temperature before you serve it.
When you are ready to assemble the salad, cut the tomatoes into thick slices. Arrange them on a platter, alternating them with the mozzarella slices. Tuck the whole basil leaves in between the tomato and cheese slices.
Drizzle on the balsamic reduction. Then drizzle olive oil in a thin stream over the top. Finally, sprinkle on salt and pepper.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories 140; Total Fat 9g; Protein 11g; Carbohydrate 5g; Fiber 1g; Sugar <1g; Sodium 200mg
3 large zucchini, trimmed (about 4 pounds), sliced lengthwise into 24 ⅛-inch-thick strips
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pound ground chicken Italian sausage
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 large egg
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, divided
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Lay zucchini slices flat in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each side with 1/4 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.
In a medium bowl, combine sausage, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, basil and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Spread 1 cup marinara sauce onto the bottom of a 1o-inch oven-proof skillet; set aside.
Spread 1 tablespoon ricotta mixture evenly along each zucchini slice; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Roll up and place in the prepared skillet; repeat with remaining zucchini slices and filling. Top with remaining 1/2 cup marinara sauce and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella.
Place into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lasagna rolls are heated through and the cheese is beginning to brown. Serve immediately.
National Health Center Week (August 12th- 18th) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.
Health centers serve 27 million patients a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. In addition to their long history as health care homes to millions, health centers produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities and reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social determinants of health affecting special patient populations.
This year, the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network invites you to celebrate the incredible health care heroes– individuals who live and breathe the health center mission and exceed the call of duty to support health centers in providing quality health care for patients in the community.
At CHAS Health, we are celebrating by hosting 2 community celebrations! Open House at Cheney Health Center and Ribbon Cutting and Reception at our BRAND NEW East Mission Dental Clinic. Join us August 15th and 16th! Both events will feature a lot of fun and FREE food!
The state of Idaho has recently reinstated Enhanced dental benefits for all Medicaid eligible adults, meaning that patients can access important preventive dental services like exams, cleanings, and fillings. Keep your smile healthy by calling CHAS for a dental appointment today!
Go outside! The warmer months are a wonderful opportunity to explore, play and learn outdoors.
Here are a few tips to stay safe in the sun:
Bright Sun and Healthy Skin
• Keep your skin protected from sun damage to prevent sunburns, skin cancers and wrinkles later in life. Remember that small amounts of sun exposure over time causes most sun damage – It is important to protect yourself every day, not just on long pool days.
• Use sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 or higher, protects from UVA and UVB rays, and is water resistant if you will be spending time in the water. Re-apply every 2 hours and after getting out of the pool!
• Fight heat exhaustion! It can start slowly but become serious quickly.
– Drink plenty of fluids on hot days, especially during time in the sun.
– Be careful about moderate to heavy exercise at midday.
– If overheating, have your child lie down in the shade and seek medical care immediately if concerned.
Hiking and Camping
• There is Poison Ivy all around in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Don’t forget: “leaves of three, let them be”.
• Check for ticks! Lyme disease, which ticks can carry, is not common in Washington. It is still important to examine for ticks and remove them quickly if they are found. Be sure to check behind the ears, scalp, under the arms and groin.
• DEET-containing insect repellent is safe for children older than 2 months old. Use 10-30% and apply one time per day. Do not apply to the face, or to the hands of young children.
• Learn about water safety. Swimming is fun and can be a lifelong healthy activity, but it is very important to know how to stay safe around the water. Nearly 1,000 kids drown each year – most in swimming pools.
• Plan to enroll in swimming lessons after the child turns four years old. Even if a child knows how to swim, all children deserve close observation when around water.
• Life vests are very important for kids to wear whenever they are near water.
• Install a fence around a pool if there is one in the home.
• If there is concern for drowning, pull the child out of the water, call for help/911, and if child is not breathing start CPR if you have been trained.
Learn more by asking your pediatrician!
by Marcus Baca, MD – Pediatrician at Valley Clinic