Healthy Lifestyles – August 2021

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August 2021

No matter your age, family history, lifestyle habits or stage of life, regular physician visits are essential to good ongoing health. For the most appropriate care, be an active participant in your health by considering the recommendations below:

  1. Be prepared- If you are visiting your doctor for a set of specific issues, document them. Keep handwritten notes or use your phone’s ‘memo’ section to reference during your appointment. Also, create a list of your medications.  Write down their names, doses and how often you take them. This includes your prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, vitamins and supplements.
  2. Ask questions- Curiosity may kill the cat, but it helps humans get the most appropriate and effective care and treatment. Don’t understand the treatment plan? What time to take your medication? What are the possible side effects? Ask! Ask your doctor, nurse and/or pharmacist. Write down their answers. Our recollection may not always be accurate if we are relying on what we ‘think’ we heard, especially if we feel rushed or anxious about a new diagnosis or treatment plan.
  3. Power through the awkward- As embarrassing as it may be to talk to a stranger about your bowel movements, rest assured, they’ve heard it all before…plus some! Put your pride aside as sharing ‘embarrassing bathroom stories’ may be the clue your doctor needs to make the most appropriate diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan.
  4. Be honest- If the medical intake paperwork asks how many alcoholic beverages per week you consume, note the truth. Doctors are not here to judge. Their role is to help determine the best course of care and/or prevention of chronic conditions. The only way a physician can give you the best advice and/or treatment is if he or she has all the facts.

Check out these online resources and smartphone app!

Keeping track of symptoms, meds and your health numbers are one of the best ways to help your doctor make an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan. Luckily, we live in an age where we can record these things with a click of a mouse or a tap of a finger on a smartphone. Flaredown is a free web and mobile app (Android & iOS) that helps patients track and visualize their illness, treatments and symptom triggers to understand how choices affect their health.

To access the CDC’s Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for ages 19 years or older, United States, 202, click here; For up to date information about the Covid vaccine, click here.

Family Health

Back To School

Help Kids’ Safe Return to School – Get Caught Up on Recommended Vaccines

COVID-19 disrupted both in-person learning and routine well-child visits for many children over the last year.  As a result, too many children have fallen behind on receiving recommended vaccines. Please see CDC’s Call to Action which highlights ways healthcare systems, health care providers, schools, state and local governments, and families can help get children caught up on vaccinations.Click here for more information 

Free Resources for parents

Return to School(ing) free webinar- (Villyge)

Empowering Caregivers in the Workforce free webinar (Helpr) 

The Exceptional Parenting Podcast  (Torchlight)

Parenting Resources  (Vivvi)

Re-Entry Anxiety

Feeling anxious about ‘getting back out there”? You’re not alone, read the article from  the ADDA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) linked below for tips on how to manage re-entry anxiety.  10 Tips to Manage Re-entry anxiety

Financial Wellbeing

Welcome to Principal, Covenant Care’s new financial wellbeing and 401K partner 

Free Webinar Series – Webinars are held the third Wednesday of every month, 9 a.m. PST
Financial education in under 30 minutes

Your financial goals are unique and so is your path to get there. Our award-winning* webinar series is here to help along the way. In less than 30 minutes, you can learn more about a financial topic that matters to you.

Register for an upcoming webinar or catch up on your time with a library of replays.

This month’s Webinar

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 9:00 a.m. PST

Nearing retirement checklist

If retirement is finally approaching for you, or will be in the next few years, congratulations! You’ve worked hard to save for your future, and your golden years are becoming reality. Before you take the big leap into this next phase of your life, make sure you haven’t overlooked anything. Do you know how much you’ll need saved for retirement? What about making sure you don’t outlive your savings? Join us for the August webinar and learn seven important items to check off your “nearing retirement checklist” that will help you enter retirement in confidence.

Register for this webinar

Can’t make an upcoming webinar? View a replay anytime at LearnNowOnDemand

Winner of the 2020 IMEA Star Awards, Participant Webinars, Experiential Education category, large asset level.

Topics and dates are subject to change.

Insurance products and plan administrative services are provided through Principal Life Insurance Company, a member of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, Iowa 50392.

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Healthy Eating

Gluten Free Hummus Poppers with Whipped Avocado Hummus


  • 1/2 cup Sabra hummus (i.e. Roasted Red Pepper)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup Sabra hummus
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Optional garnish: thin sliced red bell pepper and fresh parsley


  1. Preheat a large nonstick skillet or griddle to medium-high heat (350 degrees).
  2. Heat olive oil in skillet or brush on griddle.
  3. Using a fork, stir together the hummus and egg until combined.
  4. Add in the tapioca starch and stir carefully (it’s a very fine powder) until thoroughly combined.
  5. Stir in baking powder (you’ll quickly see the baking powder react and the mixture get a “fluffier” texture).
  6. Immediately place tablespoons of batter on the hot skillet or griddle. Flip after 1-2 minutes, or when the top of the batter is starting to bubble.
  7. Remove and transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  8. To prepare the whipped avocado hummus: use a mini chopper or food processor to puree the avocado, hummus and lemon juice for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  9. Place a small dollop of whipped avocado hummus on the popper, garnish with parsley leaves and thin slices of red bell pepper and serve.


Carrier News & Views

Resource Spotlights

For Kaiser Members
All Kaiser Members have access to CALM.

Conscious Parenting Master Class

Parenting can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life, but it’s not always easy. Join renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Shefali and learn how to create a mindful environment for your children, so they can ease their anxieties and authentically connect with who they are.

CALM Kids 

Ages 3-4

Ages 5-6 

Ages 7-10

Ages 11-13 

Ages 14-17

August Focus from Kaiser – Weight Management

click here for some tips on a diet do-over.

For Anthem Members

Sydney Mobile App

Anthem’s mobile app is simple, smart — and all about you 

With Sydney, you can find everything you need to know about your Anthem benefits — personalized and all in one place. Sydney makes it easier to get things done, so you can spend more time focused on your health.

With just one click, you can: 

  • Find care and check costs
  • Check all benefits 
  • See claims 

Already using one of our apps? It’s easy to make the switch. Simply download the Sydney app and log in with your Anthem username and password. Get answers even faster with our chatbot } View and use digital ID cards


Ready for you to use quickly, easily, seamlessly — with one-click access to benefits info, Member Services, wellness resources and more.


Sydney acts like a personal health guide, answering your questions and connecting you to the right resources at the right time. And you can use the chatbot to get answers quickly.


Get alerts, reminders and tips directly from Sydney. Get doctor suggestions based on your needs. The more you use it, the more Sydney can help you stay healthy and save money.

Anthem Sydney Care mobile app. Download the Sydney Care mobile app from the App Store ® or Google Play click here to learn more

Asking the right questions –  Be ready for your doctor’s visit

click here for tips from Anthem

Need a doctor? Use the Sydney mobile app to find care from the palm of your hand. Or log in to to use the Find a Doctor tool and search for nearby doctors who are in your plan.

Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Association. Anthem is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc.

Quick Links

All Employees

  • Calm Meditation App
    Free section for all, to access, click here
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)- from UNUM & Health Advocate. We are here for you 24/7 – 1-800-854-1446; – The EAP can help provide COVID-19 support, grief counseling, stress/anxiety relief, and more, and is available to all employees
  • Medical Bill Saver Advantage via your EAP –  1-800-854-1446; and is available to all employees
  • For the latest on COVID 19– CDC website at

Kaiser Members

  • is a valuable resource for information and member communications, as well as a link to any telehealth services. If you have already done so, please register on    
  • Calm Meditation App
    Full access free for Kaiser Members click here
  • MyStrength
    Free to Kaiser Permanente members
    to help support their emotional well-being.
    Members can simply go to and click ‘Get Started’ to register and use myStrength on their desktop, tablet or smartphone. 
  • Class Pass –  Learn More  
  • Kaiser Coronavirus Hotline (available 24/7) – (877) 813-7297. After speaking with a Kaiser Permanente representative, you will be directed to the appropriate care options.
  • Kaiser Members- Getting Care:  It’s important to contact KP before coming in. Members should call the Appointment and Advice Call Center if they are feeling sick. They will be guided through a specific screening protocol over the phone. Depending on the answers provided, the member will be directed to the most appropriate care, while protecting other members, patients and employees.
  • Kaiser Virtual Care – Manage your care with
    No matter what life throws your way, you can connect to care where and when you want it. E-visits, telephone, and video appointments are simple and secure ways to get care and save yourself an office visit. They even be tracked in your electronic health record. All you need is a computer, smartphone, or mobile device. Click here to get access to care.
  • Kaiser Members- access to E-visits- Log in at or go to Get Care on the KP mobile app

Anthem Members

  • Anthem/Aunt Bertha social support services
    Our partnership with Aunt Bertha provides you with a solution to help connect you and your family to social services in your communities if you need it. You can find services such as help with food, housing, job training, and transportation by visiting Aunt Bertha and entering your ZIP code.
  • Anthem Skill – Ask Alexa for your health plan info.
    Get quick, hands-free help with the Anthem Skill. Whether you need a new ID card or get curious if you’re about to reach your deductible, just say the words, “Alexa, ask Anthem…” to get quick answers about your health plan. The Anthem Skill works through Alexa-ready devices, like an Amazon Echo or on your mobile device using the Amazon Alexa app.

Enable the Anthem Skill today!

Live your best life!

Karen Martin
Senior Director, Human Resources and Benefits
Covenant Care California, LLC