The holiday season is approaching, so let’s get Ready…Set…to CELEBRATE! Comprehensive Community Health Centers (CCHC) is kicking off this holiday season by hosting its 3rd Annual Toy Giveaway and Health Fair on December 8th, 2018 at the health centers Glendale clinic site. At the event, FREE brand new toys will be distributed, offering free health screenings, fun games and activities hoping encourage active play and enhance the holiday celebration!
This year CCHC is collaborating with community partners and organizations alike to provide over 1000 new toys to children ages 0-12. In addition to distributing toys, event attendees have the opportunity to receive FREE health screenings, including dental and BMI screenings, as well as flu shots sponsored by Walgreens. Preventative care screenings are critical to maintaining one’s health and this event is a great way for many to start the new year. Community organizations and social service agencies attending the event will provide event attendees with resources and helpful educational materials.
No celebration is complete without music, fun games and activities, such as soccer shootout and carnival games. All these and more will be available at no cost to all attendees. Food and refreshments will be made available throughout the day.
The free event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at CCHC’s Glendale Clinic site, located at 801 S. Chevy Chase Dr., Glendale, CA 91205.
For more information about the event and how to register, call 818-630-2286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 3 years in a row, CCHC has successfully hosted a community Back to School Health & Wellness Event! This year’s event took place on Saturday, August 18th at the Pacific Park & Community Center in Glendale, California. The event was hosted to celebrate National Health Center Week (NHCW), with August 18th being NHCW’s Children’s Health Day. And what other day than this could have been more perfect for providing children with an opportunity to get preventative health screenings and school supplies before heading back to school for a new school year.
To host this great event, CCHC partnered with LA Care Health Plan and the City of Glendale, along with several partners to provide FREE fully stocked backpacks and essential school supplies to almost 700 kindergarten, elementary and high school students.Over 1100 children and adults attended the event. Various community partners worked with CCHC to make this event a huge success, by providing essential health resources and educational materials to all who attended.
On behalf of CCHC, thank you to our community partners, sponsors and volunteers. We greatly appreciate your support!
At CCHC, our mission is to ensure the health and wellness of each individual we serve. Thanks to the support of our nursing volunteers from Community Enhancement Services (CES) College – Nursing Program, we were able to provide over 230 children and adults with free dental and vision screenings during the event.
Fun is in the Air
At the event, plenty of entertainment was provided such as free carnival games, rock climbing, face painting, food, music, and a photo booth. Children were also able to engage with games sponsored by Blue Shield Health Plan such as hula-hoops, soccer shootout, and beanbag tosses. And to beat the summer heat, refreshments, popsicles and snacks were offered at the event for free. In addition, KBUE – Que Buena 105.5FM radio station gave away awesome prizes and gifts and raffled off prizes throughout the event. Participants received resources and information from over 20 social service and non-for profit organizations serving Glendale and surrounding communities.
What’s the Fuss About?
Here’s a few things event participants had to say about this year’s event.
What was most valuable about the event?
“Well organized, lots of information”
“Learning new things about community resources”
“The activities for the kids and getting together with other kids”
“Self-breast exam information and vision screenings”
“The backpacks and school supplies”
“The environment was great”
For more pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page: Click Here!
We Hope You Join Us Next Year!
Want more information on how you can collaborate, partner, have a booth or attend our event, send an email to email@example.com.
CCHC is a comprehensive medical home serving various communities within the greater Los Angeles area. In addition to offering a variety of services to the community, CCHC is also committed to providing families in the community with essential resources that benefit the overall wellness of individuals.
On Friday, July 27th, 2018, CCHC hosted its Community Health and Wellness Event in collaboration with LA Care Health Plan Regional Community Advisory Committee (RCAC) 10 and The Wall Las Memorias Project. This event was created with the hopes to increase awareness surrounding women’s health issues.
The event offered the residents of Highland Park, Eagle Rock and East LA communities the opportunity to receive health screenings, and educational materials related to women’s health, including but not limited to mental health, chronic pain management and self-breast exams. CCHC’s Health Education department provided additional health and wellness information to those who attended.
Sponsors and Partnering Organizations!
We want to extend a huge thank you to LA Care Health Plan for their great contribution, and The Wall Las Memorias Project for their partnership. With their support, as well as the support of community members and participating organizations, we were able to host a successful event. We are extremely grateful for your support and continued partnership.
In alignment with CCHC’s mission of ensuring the health and wellness of each individual served, participants received free health screenings at the event. We are glad to continue serving our communities and we hope everyone had a great experience.
We hope to see you at our future events!
Comprehensive Community Health Centers (CCHC) is pleased to announce it has received a $5000 sponsorship from the LA Care Health Plan Regional Community Advisory Communities (RCAC) Region 4. CCHC received this support through LA Care Health Plan’s RCAC Community Partnership Work Plan with this year’s focus on improving women’s health.
In collaboration with L.A. Care Health Plan and City of Glendale Community Services and Parks, CCHC is celebrating National Health Center Week by hosting its 3rd Annual Back to School Health & Wellness Event. At the event, which will take place August 18th, 2018 in Glendale, CA, CCHC will be providing children of the community and their entire family with free health screenings, fun games, activities, and much more. Community organizations will be in attendance providing the community with helpful resources and educational materials.
This year CCHC’s goal is to provide 1000 new backpacks equipped with school supplies to children entering Kindergarten to 12th grade. This will help ensure that children are ready and well prepared for the upcoming school year. It is also a great opportunity to make sure families are receiving their preventative care screenings, including dental and vision.
Additionally, with the support of L.A. Care Health Plan, CCHC is pleased to have the opportunity to provide education and resources surrounding Women’s Health. Chronic pain management, reproductive health, mental health, and family planning resources will be available to the participants at the event. Additionally, our providers will be onsite facilitating dental and vision screenings and our staff is available to schedule immediate appointments to see one of our providers at any of our 5 clinics.
The free event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pacific Park Community Center located at 501 S. Pacific Ave. Glendale, CA 91204.
For more information about LA Care Health Plan visit www.lacare.org.
We live in a world where it is perfectly normal to have a laptop on your desk, a tablet in your bag and a smartphone in your pocket. Technology is advancing quickly and children are getting a lot better at it too! In recent years, we see children on their tablet for hours – in fact, children spend at least five to six hours a day staring at screens- namely, television, iPads and smartphones. Because technology moves so fast, and children have embraced it so quickly, it has become difficult for many parents to control.
Parents are encouraged to limit their children from spending too much time on these devices as it can lead to negative factors such as sleep disorders, obesity/malnutrition, aggression, poor social skills and poor academic performance. To avoid these effects, children should be encouraged to play outdoors, engage in a sport they like, and spend time playing with other children. This will allow them to develop initiative, problem- solving skills, social skills, and emotional resilience.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offer some great strategies on how to limit use of these devices with kids:
- Setting hours per day: Limiting the time spent on the device will allow the parent to take control of their child’s play time.
- Find apps with built-in timers: Video streamers like Cakey and Huvi have internal timers so the app stops on its own. However, it is up to the parent to make sure the child is not jumping into another app.
- Control devices: Keep computers and game consoles in a shared space such as a family room.
- Provide alternatives: Have another activity lined up such as coloring, sports, board game.
- Tell kids to stop at a natural break: Before your kid gets on a device, talk about what they want to do or play.
- Discuss consequences and follow through when kids test the limits: When all else fails, it’s important to have discussed consequences for when your kid won’t give it up.
For more information on how much time your child should be on a device, please watch video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=98&v=KAIVRZ6pkoo
Birth control options have increased dramatically in the past 50 years and with more choices, choosing the right one can be quite a task. Finding a contraceptive you trust will allow you to relax and have a fulfilling intimate relationship. The most important step is talking to your gynecologist and learning how your choice of birth control will affect your health. It is extremely important and critical to speak to your gynecologist or doctor to discuss these options and work with them to select the best method. We’ve put a list together of the common types of birth control available so check them out!
Terms to know:
- Progestin- a natural or synthetic hormone that prevents further ovulation.
- Estrogen- primary female sex hormone as well as medication.
- Spermicide- a substance that kills sperm.
Condoms come in two forms—male and female. The male condom is a sheath of latex, polyurethane that is worn over the male penis during sex. The female condom is a wider sheath of polyurethane that is placed inside the vagina before sex. Condoms are the only birth control method that work both against sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.
This option is best for women who can not use hormonal birth control. A diaphragm is a dome shaped cup made of silicone. The diaphragm is inserted into the vagina along with spermicide to cover the cervix. You can put your diaphragm in up to 2 hours before sex—any longer and the spermicide will not work as well. Always leave your diaphragm in for 6 to 8 hours after sex. Your health care provider will find the right fit for you and show you how to put it in and take it out. The diaphragm is pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it— practice makes perfect!
Hormonal contraceptives stop the ovaries from releasing eggs, without an egg there is nothing for the sperm to fertilize. Additionally, it makes cervical mucus thicker, which can also block sperm from reaching the egg.
– The Pill
The pill is a tablet you take once a day—there are a few different types of pills.
- The Combination Pill: The combination pills contains both estrogen and progestin. Combination pills work in two ways—they prevent your body from ovulating which prevents the release of eggs each month. Second, they cause the cervcial mucus to become thicker; the thickened mucus helps prevent sperm from reaching the uterus.
- Progestin Only Pills (The Mini Pill): The mini pill works by thickening the cervical mucus and by thinning the endometrium. The endometrium is the lining of your uterus where an egg implants after it is fertilized. When the linning is thinner, it is harder for an egg to implant it, which will prevent pregnancy.
– The Patch
The patch is a thin strip of plastic that contains estrogen and progestin. It is placed on the skin of the abdomen, buttocks, or upper body once per week for 3 weeks; on the 4th week you do not wear one. This method is best for women who have trouble remembering to take the pill each day. The patch contains 60% more estrogen than combination pills, so women who smoke, have high risks of blood clots, stroke or migraines should not use the patch.
– The Ring
The ring is a two inch flexible ring containing a combination of estrogen and progestin that is insterted into the vagina for 3 weeks and removed on the 4th.
– Progestin Shot
The shot is a progestin injection given every 3 months. It is one of the most effective forms of hormonal birth control and gives you 12 weeks of protection. This is best suited for women who want long term protection.
The implant is a tiny piece of plastic, containing progestin that is inserted under the skin of your inner arm—it last for three years. This option is best for women who do not want to become pregnant for a long period of time.
The IUD is a T shaped plastic inserted into your uterus by your doctor. The hormonal IUD releases a small amount of progestin hormones. The copper IUD uses a small amount of copper. The progestin IUD is effective for 5 years and the copper IUD is effective for 12 years.
Sources: https://www.bedsider.org/features/89-which-birth-control-pill-is-right-for-me https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/birth-control-pregnancy/birth-control-options http://americanpregnancy.org/preventing-pregnancy/types-of-birth-control/ https://studybreaks.com/2017/06/22/contraceptives/
Life isn’t always guaranteed to be an easy, smooth sailing adventure. This world we live in can throw unexpected situations powerful enough to throw people off, and leave them vulnerable to nearly everything around them. If you think this life journey is just a bit much and you may feel sad or are simply getting fed-up of the daily grind, well guess what – you are not alone! Remember: there are hundreds of reasons that could cause these feelings, but remember, there will always be hundred more reasons to smile! Here are a few tips to help you stay in control of your life.
1. Don’t Isolate Yourself
It’s natural to protect your energy when you’re feeling sad, and distressed; however, isolating yourself could actually make matters worse. Too much time alone gives your mind the opportunity to wander off and overthink. Rather than spending time by yourself, spend it with your friends and family! Even surrounding yourself with random people in a public area helps. It’s as simple as that!
You’d be surprised how helpful exercising makes one feel! Implementing physical activity into your life, regardless of how little or how much, will boost up endorphins – chemicals in your brain that help you feel so good.
3. Do Something!
Try to occupy yourself with hobbies. The possibilities of things to do are endless. Enjoy eating? Learn to cook! Love traveling? Go out and explore the world! Want to learn how to speak a different language? Take a class! Movie fanatic? Watch comedies! It may be difficult at first, but having fun and enjoying yourself is a major stepping stone towards living the life you deserve.
4. Write It Down
It’s inevitable to feel gloomy when you’re unhappy, but don’t let it take control of your life. Dedicate 30 minutes to an hour of your day to write down what you’re feeling and think about possible solutions to your thoughts. Writing helps organize and structure the mental and emotional battle you are facing at the moment. Once this designated time is up, carry on with your day, clear minded and feeling uplifted.
So, why not take control of your happiness to enjoy life? Throw yourself a “feel good” party and smile, smile, SMILE!
There you go again. You’re having an amazing conversation with somebody until suddenly, you realize you don’t know what to say next. The other person continues to speak, but at this point, you have zoned out, focused on how to keep the conversation going. Soon enough, it’s your turn to talk but your mind has gone blank and you’ve got nothing to say. Cue the awkward silence.
Mastering the art of conversation isn’t an easy task, but fear not! Here are some tips to help you develop more refined communication skills.
- Condition to Listen!
Instead of thinking what to say next, focus all your attention to what the other person is saying. Being present and actively listening will increase your chances of having better ideas of how to respond.
- Question For Progression
Questions act as the lubricant to conversation. Asking open ended questions not only shows that you’re interested in what the other person has to say, but also builds a bridge to deeper and more meaningful discussions. If you‘re having trouble thinking of what open ended questions to ask, refer to the five W’s: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.
- Don’t Be Stale, Tell A Tale
Your life is full of stories, so speak about them! Recalling relatable events give life to the conversation and could lead to other interesting topics for you and the other party to talk about.
In order to get your point across properly, mumbling and stuttering just won’t do! Sit up straight and speak clearly. Mumbling and stuttering are results of your mouth talking faster than your tongue can follow, so take your time when you talk. It also doesn’t hurt to show your teeth when you speak. It helps make enunciating a lot easier!
Communicating is an important skill to have, but if you think you’re not good at it– don’t worry! Practice using these tips every time you chat with people, and before you know it you’ll be great a conversationalist!
CCHC’s goal is to provide every individual that walks through our doors with high quality service. We want people to thrive and live life to their fullest potential! Here at CCHC, we understand the importance of children’s well-being and we are pleased to announce the opening of a new Pediatric Department at our Glendale location on April 2nd, 2018!
The new pediatric suite will provide the following services, including but not limited to:
- School and Sports Physicals
- Regular Check-ups
- Sick Visits
- Dental Services
- Eye care to kids ages 4 & up, including General Exams, prescription of Glasses/Dilation
- Forms for WIC & Head Start Registration
- and much more.
Let’s keep our children happy and healthy! Call us at (818) 265-2264 to schedule an appointment or stop by to say hello!
Do you have a smoke alarm in YOUR home?
Smoke alarms in YOUR home can help save YOUR life and the lives of your loved ones. Smoke alarms allow you to get out of your home or building in time, in case of a fire.
- It is important that your smoke alarm is located inside of your room and outside, too. You want to be able to hear the alarms in case of an emergency.
- If you live in a big home, be sure to install more than one alarm. You want to be sure that everyone in your home is able to hear it, so that they can get to safety in case of an emergency. Make sure to perform the home safety check prior to moving in!
- Be sure to replace your home’s smoke alarms every ten years to ensure they work properly.
- If you or anyone in your family is hard of hearing you can install special smoke alarms that have strobe lights and bed shakers.
- If you are unsure if your smoke alarm is properly installed, you can always call your local fire station and they can inspect your fire alarm to ensure it is working properly
(National Fire Protection Association, 2016)
Your Safety Matters!
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CCHC is a comprehensive medical home serving various communities within the greater Los Angeles area. We offer a variety of services to the community; however CCHC is also committed to providing families in our community with essential resources that benefit the overall wellness of individuals.
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, CCHC Hosted its 2nd Annual Back to School Wellness Event. To ensure students are going back to school with the tools and resources required, we provided 635 backpacks filled with school supplies to the children in attendance. We were pleased to have enjoyed the day with over 900 members from the community.
Thanks to our community partners, sponsors and the communities we serve. We are extremely grateful for your support.
Aligned with our mission of ensuring the health and wellness of each individual we serve, over 300 children and adults in attendance received free health screenings at the event. With the support of our partners from the Glendale Community College Nursing program we were able to provide vision and dental screenings to the participants.
FUN, FUN, FUN!!!
Families also had an opportunity to receive health education materials and community resources, engage in fun games and activities, and enjoying the free food and music. Children in attendance were able to participate in various activities such as: rock climbing, face painting, and arts and crafts. Participants were also able to enjoy a soccer shoot out activity provided by our partners at Blue Shield of California. By collaborating with various organizations, our events continue to grow and support the needs of the children, adults, and families in our community. We aim to provide a fun, informative, and resourceful event for everyone and we look forward to doing so every year.
What’s the Buzz?
This is what the community had to say about this event.
What was most valuable about the event?
“Screenings and backpacks”
“Good info, backpacks with supplies”
“The dental screenings and rock climbing wall”
“Everything! Thank you for your effort to help the community”
Would you consider attending this event again or a similar Back to School Fair in the future? Why or why not?
“Absolutely, my kids loved their backpacks”
“Yes! We all had a good time”
“Yes, because the games were so much fun”
“Yes, because of the medical services”
We hope to see you next year!
For more information on how you can collaborate in our annual events, please contact our Outreach department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get lean in 2018
Let’s be real. Many of us set a “weight loss” goal every year. But, how many of us truly accomplish it? Losing weight is not an easy task. If you’re ready to get started, we have a guide to help you achieve this goal in 2018. Here are some useful tips:
Making the decision to lose weight is a big step. We recommend you write down how much weight you want to lose, why you want to lose weight and what you really want to accomplish by losing the weight. Some reasons may include, to feel better about yourself, family history of heart health diseases, or because you simply want to live a healthier life style. All these choices are reflected upon your decision to take the next step. It will be a constant reminder of why you want to lose the weight and will surely keep you motivated.
2. Healthy Choices
For many of us, this may be the most difficult to achieve. Our choices are reflected upon our attitudes and beliefs. Rewarding ourselves with a doughnut or maybe a slice of cake, puts you at a higher risk of developing unhealthy eating behaviors such as binge eating. The choices we make of what we put in our bodies have the biggest impact on our health. To get this process started, , we recommend you purchase and cook healthier choices of the foods you eat by having well-balanced diets and snacking on healthier foods. This involves, eating more fruits and vegetables and reducing the amount of red meat and sugars. Another good tip is to avoid sugary drinks and sodas and replace them with a glass of water.
We know many of us have busy lives and simply don’t have ‘time’ to go to the gym, but a little goes along way. Even if it’s as little as 10 minutes a day in your own home, it is better than nothing at all. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the best way to lose weight is by setting short-term goals. It is important to be specific and realistic with your goals. For example “I will start exercising 2 times a week for 30 minutes.” This puts more value into doing the work and increases your motivation.
We understand it may be frustrating to put in the work and not see immediate results. Remember to be patient and stay focused. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s body is different. Results are not instant and you may not notice it in the beginning. We recommend reflecting back to the reasons “why” you want to lose weight and use that as your motivation to keep going. You can also take pictures at intervals of your plan to see the impact of your weight loss.
Getting support from family members, coworkers, or friends is encouraged to keep you motivated throughout your journey. Setting a schedule and motivating one another will increase the chances of healthy behaviors and result in losing weight. Stay away from influences that will encourage unhealthy behaviors. For example, when someone offers you a doughnut or ice cream, remember to stay committed and think about all your hard work. This will encourage you to say “No!”
Remember, with the right tools, you can start the new year on a healthy note!
Do you practice food safety? If you are cooking for you or your family be sure that you handle the food safely.
The steps below are great to follow when handling food:
Constantly wash hands and surfaces!
- It is important that you wash your hands and surfaces because bacteria can contaminate food you prepare, and harm you or your family.
- Remember to wash hands properly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
- Be sure that all utensils are properly washed to prevent cross contamination.
Do Not Cross Contaminate!
- Raw meats, chicken, fish, and eggs can spread different illnesses because of the bacteria they naturally carry. It is really important that you don’t handle these food items near vegetables and remember to separate cooking meats and veggies.
- Have a plate for raw and cooked meats and remember not to place them on the same plate.
- Replace your cutting board once it starts to look worn out to avoid bacteria from hiding in small cuts.
- Store raw meat separately from other food items in the fridge.
Cook at the right temperatures!
- To avoid bacteria from growing, be sure to always freeze your food below 40· and when cooking a hot meal be sure to keep the temperature above 140· Fahrenheit.
- 40·-140· is a DANGER ZONE for food safety.
Put your food in the refrigerator
- Bacteria will begin to grow in your food if you do not put the food away in the refrigerator on time.
- Refrigerate your food promptly. Don’t leave food out for more than two hours. In the summer, food should be put away within an hour after consumption.
(Food Safety, 2017)
Comprehensive Community Health Centers (CCHC) is pleased to announce it has been granted funding from LA Care Health Plan to support efforts in serving vulnerable and underserved populations.
Funding will be utilized to purchase adaptive equipment to support patients with disabilities. It will allow CCHC to provide and improve population and individual-level reporting capacity, improve provider retention rates, and increase access to care for hearing impaired patients over the next 2 years.
To address the needs of our patients with mobility limitations, adjustable exam tables will allow providers to properly assess their patients and address their concerns. Hearing devices will help our hearing impaired patients improve their hearing and speech comprehension when they are in our care. Patients will be able to more effectively communicate with their providers and reduce any misunderstandings that may occur as a result of their hearing impairment.
CCHC received this grant through the Robert E. Tranquada Safety Net Awards aimed at improving the infrastructure for community clinics. CCHC is proud to be a recipient of the grant in support of our core values to provide everyone with accessible, culturally-appropriate, high quality health and wellness services.
For more information about LA Care Health Plan visit www.lacare.org.
On December 16th, 2017, we hosted our 2nd Annual Toy Giveaway and Health Fair event to kick off the holiday season by distributing toys and providing fun games and activities to families living in Sunland-Tujunga and neighboring cities. The event was a great success in that it brought community spirit alive, with children and families enjoying a fun filled and a memorable day.
With the support of our community partners and organizations alike, over 1000 unwrapped toys were donated to children (ages 0-12). The Fire Department added some excitement by attending the event and donating hundreds of toys in support of the event. . We raffled off huge teddy bears, skate boards and other toys in addition to the 10 bikes donated by the Los Angeles Police Department Foothill Division.
In line with our mission of ensuring the health and wellness of each individual, over 200 children and adults in attendance received free dental and vision screenings at the event. With collaboration with West Coast University, we offered a smooth and easy screening experience for all attendees.
Event attendees enjoyed free lunch sponsored by El Pollo Loco, in addition to healthy fruits and healthy snacks, in line with the event theme of ‘working towards a healthy 2018”.
In addition to face painting, photo booth and other fun activities, holiday treats and great music added a great touch to the event.
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all our partners who supported us in hosting toy drives and/or sponsoring the event. With their collaboration, we were able to pull off this awesome event to empower those in our community.
You can find a complete collection of photos from the event on our Facebook page. Click Here!
Happy Holidays and we hope to see you next year!
Comprehensive Community Health Centers (CCHC) is pleased to announce it has received a $122,000 grant from Health Net Health Plan to support staff development and training opportunities at our organization.
The grant will be utilized to strengthen CCHC’s healthcare safety net through development and implementation of strategies that prepare new employees for success, foster an environment of professional growth, and improve staff engagement and retention.
To ensure our staff receive appropriate trainings in a timely and efficient manner, staff will have the opportunity to use and complete required trainings utilizing CCHC’s new learning management system. Funding will also allow CCHC staff to receive cultural competency training, which will support the organization in effectively delivering health care services that meet the needs of our communities.
The funding will also enable Medical Assistants to receive medical interpretation certification. By gaining the skills necessary to understand, communicate, and effectively engage with patients, our care teams will be better positioned to meet the needs of the diverse population we serve.
CCHC received the grant through Health Net’s Community and Infrastructure Investment Program. Health Net awarded $4.2 million to 22 healthcare organizations to support workforce development activities and improve the quality of health data collection. CCHC is proud to be one of the 22 recipients of this grant in support of our mission to improve the quality of health care provided to our patients.
People always talk about how we should respect our partners, and that it is important that we look out for warning signs of when our partner/s is being abusive. But, what if it is us that is being abusive toward our partner/s?
Would you be able to identify your own abusive behavior? It could be challenging, but not impossible. It is extremely important that we offer our partner/s respect and that they feel safe when they are with us.
Communication is Key! If you have a difficult time communicating with your partner, we’ve shared some tips below that can help improve that communication:
- Find the right time: it is important to always speak openly to your partner, if you are bothered about something, it is important that you talk about it. Be sure that you and your partner are both calm and not distracted.
- Talk face to face: avoid talking about important things via text, or on the phone. Face to face interaction is important!
- Do Not Attack: communicate with your partner how you feel by using “I” statements such as “I feel hurt” etc. Do not use “You” statements such as “You always do…..”. These statements provide the platform for your partner to misunderstand your point of view.
- Check Your Body Language: If you have good body language, your partner will feel that you truly do care and that you are listening to them. Have good eye contact and eliminate all possible distractions. Focus is golden!
- Use the 48 Hour Rule: If you are upset over something your partner did, you need to communicate it to them. Give yourself some time so that when you talk, you do not attack your partner verbally.
It could be hard to communicate with your partner, but if you are able to communicate effectively, many problems can be avoided in your relationship. This will help establish a healthy relationship.
Are you struggling with finding time to exercise? Many of us can relate! It is difficult to find the time to exercise, especially when you’re balancing a full time job with other responsibilities.
To help keep you more active, we’re sharing a few tips to keep you active throughout your day.
- On your way to work!
If you live near your job site, try walking or riding a bike to work. If you drive to work, you can increase your physical activity by parking as far as possible from the parking lot to the building entrance to increase your daily steps.
- Stay standing!
- If possible, try to stand while you are working. Standing desks are a great option.
- Do you work on multiple floors? Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Go for a walk around the block during your breaks to increase your daily step count and get some fresh air.
- Use a fitness ball instead of a chair!
This will help you improve your balance and tone your core muscles.
- Be ready to move!
You could always workout minimally while working by keep resistance bands and small hand weights at your desk and use them when you get a chance. If you don’t have weights, look for a heavy binder or book.
It might not be a full hour cardio session, but these small changes can help you stay more active and moving in the office! Good luck!
Southern Californian’s are used to earthquakes. Unfortunately, earthquake drills are a common activity in schools and the workplace. In Southern California, we are always talking about “The Big One” – presumably, we have a higher possibility of experiencing another big quake in the coming years. It sounds scary, right? Don’t be frightened, there are many things you can do to prepare yourself and your loved ones for an unexpected earthquake big or small.
Be prepared! Don’t let Mother Nature catch you by surprise.
|1. Secure your space! Identify the hazards in your home and secure any items that could fall during an earthquake.
|2. Create a Plan! It is important that you and your family create a disaster plan in case of an emergency. Be sure that your family members understand the plan and how to communicate in case of an emergency.
|3. Have a disaster toolbox!
a. Prepare a disaster supply box.
b. Store flashlights, blankets, water, food, and a first aid kit. You can also store anything you might find necessary for your family.
|4. Financial Hardships! Be sure to always keep your important documents together and in a safe place. Make sure to protect your home! You may even want to consider home insurance in case there is damage during an earthquake.
Now that you know how to better prepare for an earthquake, here are steps on what to do during the shake out.
- Drop, cover, and hold!
a. Drop low to the ground.
b. Take cover under a sturdy table or desk.
c. Hold onto until the shaking stops.
- Take safety measures!
a. If necessary, evacuate your home.
b. Help those who are hurt.
c. If possible, prevent further injuries.
| 3. Reconnect and restore your daily life. Natural disasters happen and we can be prepared if and when they do.
Source: Southern California Earthquake Center, 2017
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H80CS10607 Health Center Program, total award amount of $2,493,062 with 88.9% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.