Test your cholesterol smarts

Across the country, September is Cholesterol Teaching Month. Do you know what you should about cholesterol—how to keep it at a healthy level to help stop heart disease? “These FIVE MUST-KNOW facts about cholesterol can help you get started,” says HPSJ Health Education Specialist Jessica Nila. 1. Your body needs cholesterol. This waxy substance is […]

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Summer Safety Sense – Avoiding Deadly Heat Sicknesses

It’s getting hot in the Central Valley. With summer heat comes heat-linked sicknesses and they can be deadly. High temperatures cause more than 600 deaths each year1. Causes include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash. But these deaths can be prevented. For starters, observe the Summer HEAT SAFETY Rule of Five: Drink […]

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With Measles Cases Rising, Advice from Health Plan of San Joaquin

Health Plan of San Joaquin’s Chief Medical Officer, Lakshmi Dhanvanthari, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician. Dr. Lakshmi has an important message for all parents, whether or not they are members of HPSJ, the largest local, non-profit public health plan – “Measles is making a comeback because people are traveling to and returning from countries that […]

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Adult Vaccines: 7 reasons to roll up your sleeve

ADULT VACCINES: 7 REASONS TO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE (French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin wants San Joaquin and Stanislaus county adults to know that shots are not just for kids. “Check out this list of reasons why you shouldn’t skimp on adult vaccinations,” said HPSJ Health Education Manager Matthew Boga, MPH. […]

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June is Men’s Health Month

Health Plan of San Joaquin celebrates National Men’s Health Month in June! The aim of Men’s Health Month is for men to know that they need to get their health exams and screenings, and to stay healthy while living longer. The month also coincides with Men’s Health Week (June 12–18), a special awareness period created […]

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3 Key Things to Know About Asthma

By Health Plan of San Joaquin Breathing is a breeze for most people. But asthma can undermine this simple act. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with asthma, learning about the disease and its treatments can help you stay in control. Start here with these three key facts: Asthma doesn’t go away. Asthma is a chronic […]

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Mosquitoes and Buzzing, Oh My! Avoid Bites This Summer and Stay Healthy

Avoid Bites This Summer and Stay Healthy “Most mosquito bites are just an itchy annoyance, but they can be dangerous, too,” said Health Plan of San Joaquin Health Promotions Manager Jenny Dominquez. Dominguez says that “some mosquitoes carry viruses or parasites. These include West Nile virus, Zika virus, malaria, dengue and yellow fever. These can […]

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