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California’s Valued Trust (CVT)

CVT offers numerous support programs to eligible members by providing them with information about active and effective self-management. Members participating in the program have access to specialized nursing support available by telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and monthly newsletters with preventive tips and a Web site containing in-depth, condition-specific information with an extensive archive of health resources.

Access this site here  for information on a variety of topics that are meant to support you through life’s trials and tribulations both big and small.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is just one of the many services available from CVT. Members can access the EAP  any time using the toll-free number, (1-877-397-1032)  24 hours a day, 365 days a year for confidential, professional counseling, education, and referral services. The EAP program is intended to help participants deal with life's challenges  and offers many services and information on various topics as well as providing EAP professionals who are available to help address concerns such as stress & other emotional health topics including;
  • Stress, anxiety, and other emotional health topics
  • Child and elder care issues
  • Workplace concerns
  • Substance abuse and dependency
  • Confidential counseling sessions
  • Personal growth and development
  • Work related concerns

You can also explore and learn about the Fit for Life Wellness Program and how to implement it and find helpful links for comparing the quality of care from hospitals within a state, country, city, or zip code.  These personalized health management programs are designed to help members feel their best. They're voluntary, confidential - and best of all - it costs members nothing.

Achieve Solutions (CVT web-site)

You are the Key

Another CVT sister web-site is Achieve Solutions and you can access it at this link . Here you will find up-to-date information and interactive tools on over 200 topics that can assist you with a variety of issues including, but not limited to:
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Parenting and child-care
  • Adoption
  • K-12 Education
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Relocation and moving
  • Pet care
  • Managers tools
  • Hospice
This web-site provides you with numerous resouces. Here you can take a variety of assessments that give you personlized feedback (resources/suggested readings) based on your answers. Members can compare hospitals, look at life abroad, acknowledge disability etiquette, find resources for estate planning, or look at ways to reduce identify theft.  Your options at this web-site are extensive and worth looking in to.  


Anthem Blue Cross

Whether you're fit and want to stay that way, you're living with a chronic condition or you fall somewhere in between Anthem Blue Cross can provide you with the support, resources and tools to help you live healthier.

This web site can be accessed at  and provides you with access to your plan and benefits, account, health and wellness resources and much more including:
  • Providers
  • Check claim status
  • Newsletters
  • 360° Health
  • Health assessments
  • Personalized alerts and messages
  • Tracking your medical history
  • Download forms
  • Request an ID card
  • File an appeal
  • Refill a prescription
  • Compare facilities/cost/quality
  • One on one coaching and support
  • Set goals and track your progress
  • Start a tobacco cessation program
  • Symptom checker

Important enrollment dates for California's Valued Trust:
  • SEPTEMBER: Annual open enrollment period.
  • OCTOBER 1st:  New plan year begins.

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

National Cholesterol Education Month

“Healthy arteries allow the blood to flow like a river.”

What Is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body.

Why is High Blood Cholesterol Bad for you?

Your body makes all the cholesterol you need to keep you healthy. When you eat foods high in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol, your body can make too much cholesterol. Over time, this extra cholesterol can clog your arteries. The higher your blood cholesterol, the greater your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

What is Good and Bad Cholesterol?

HDL is "good cholesterol." It helps clean fat and cholesterol from your blood vessels. Remember the H in HDL is for Healthy—the Higher it is, the better

LDL is "bad cholesterol." It carries cholesterol to your blood vessels, clogging them like rust in a pipe. Re­member the L in LDL is for Lousy—the Lower it is, the better.

What are Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are another type of fat in the blood. When your triglycerides are high, it can raise your risk of heart disease.

What are the desirable Cholesterol levels to look for? Total cholesterol:

·      Less than 200—Ideal. Good!

·      200 to 239—Borderline. Be alert!

·      240 or more—High. Danger!

Low LDL ("bad") cholesterol:

·                   Less than 100mg/dL is ideal—Keep it low!

High HDL ("good") cholesterol:

·                   Keep it 40 mg/dL or higher—The higher the better!


·         Less than 150 mg/dL—Healthy level!

How often should I have my Blood Cholesterol checked—also called a Lipid Profile?

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that adults aged 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every 5 years.


Read the Nutrition Facts label for saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol content:

Saturated fat: Choose foods that have 5 percent or less of the Daily Value for saturated fat and cholesterol. Saturated fat is found in food such as high-fat meat, cheese, milk, and butter

Trans fat: Limit foods with 20 percent or more of the Daily Value for saturated fat and sodium. Trans fat is found in foods such as vegetable shortening, stick margarine, fried foods, and baked products (cookies, crackers, pies, and pastries).

Steps you can take to help control your triglyceride level:

·      Quit smoking.

·      Limit foods and beverages that are high in sugar.

·      Limit alcohol.

·         Aim for a healthy weight and lose weight if over­weight.

·      Be physically active.

Steps you can take to lower your blood Cholesterol levels and keep it low:

·         Get your cholesterol level checked.

·         Talk to your doctor about what your cholesterol num­bers mean.

·         Read the Nutrition Facts labels to choose healthier foods.

·         Bake, boil, or broil foods instead of frying.

·         Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

·         Choose water or sugar-free beverages instead of soda and juice.

·         Aim for a healthy weight. Lose weight if overweight.

·         Do 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days.

Your Choice for Change! H oring therrx'ft of Heart Health for American  Indians, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Insti­tutes of Health, NIH Publication No. 08-6340, July 2008, p. 28 - 37

Please contact Mikey or one of the CHR's to have your Cholesterol levels tested, also blood sugar and blood pressure at 233-4591.

Information provided by Strong Family Health Center



Important enrollment dates for California's Valued Trust:
  • JUNE: PPO and HMO rates are released.
  • AUGUST 10: Deadline to withdraw from the Trust.
  • AUGUST 15: Deadline to notify CVT of any modifications for the new plan year (October 1).
  • SEPTEMBER: Annual open enrollment period.
  • OCTOBER 1st:  New plan year begins.


June is Men's Health Month

Men are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than women. According to Kenneth A. Goldberg, MD, men don't take care of themselves as well as women do. They are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior, and less likely than women to seek out preventative health measures. They're also less likely to have health insurance, more likely to work in dangerous occupations and they often put off going to see the doctor; as a result, men die younger and in greater numbers of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and many other diseases. Women, on the other hand, outlive men by an average of five years.

More than half of premature deaths among men are preventable. Knowing a health problem exists is a key factor in prevention. Everyone, man or woman, should educate themselves about the risk factors; learn to recognize symptoms, and incorporate practi­cal prevention and treatment strategies. If married, your spouse can help by encouraging their mates to exercise, eat a high-fiber/low­-fat diet, quit smoking, and do monthly self exams. The most important step is to get them into the habit of regular medical checkups. For more information go to

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