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Free Video Resources and Podcast

Did you know that Kaiser Permanente offers a wealth of free resources through their website? From podcasts dealing with pregnancy and childbirth to videos about high blood pressure, there is something for everyone. Read more »

Kaiser Northwest Billing System Upgrade

What is changing?

Kaiser Permanente Northwest (Oregon and Washington) is updating their billing system, for Individuals and Family (KPIF) plan members who enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace. As part of the new system:

  • Your premium bills, payment stubs, and online payment portal will have a new look.
  • We will have new contact information.

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Healthy Study Habits

By Thomas Cazneau

Being a student could mean that test scores are a crucial part of your world and that you are constantly working hard to boost them. At a junior college, for example, test scores drive your grades and affect your ability to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.

Study habits are related to mental health and wellness. Implementing some simple steps before you study could make for a very productive study session, as well as promote your mental health and wellness during it. I like to think of them as “healthy study habits”.

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Health Benefits of Yoga

By Thomas Cazneau

When I first learned about Yoga, I was a bit skeptical. As an aspiring actor, many of the acting classes that I’ve taken have included Yoga exercises, some of them not complete without animal names. For the most part, I couldn’t understand the point of using animal-like charades as a warm-up.

Well, recently I found out that Yoga can actually offer several health and wellness benefits. Below are some of those benefits that I personally found to be more motivating to do Yoga on a more regular basis.

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Healthy BBQ Recipes

By Thomas Cazneau

Barbecue much? You may be interested to know that there are ways to make your barbecue meats and sides a bit healthier. Below are some easy healthy bbq recipes and methods to consider when attempting to do so.
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Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Night Owls

By Thomas Cazneau

I’m such a night owl. My perfect normal day would probably consist of waking up at 10am, going to work around 1pm, clocking out around 8pm and then spending the wee hours catching up on my favorite TV series. However, this version of lifestyle can prove to be very challenging, so much so that my health around the clock can occasionally take a toll. When I add more to it, my health can also at times reach record lows if I’m not careful.
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How to Choose a Doctor

By Thomas Cazneau

Choosing the right doctor can be risky business. When you entrust your life and well-being into someone else’s hands, it’s important that you have enough assurance that they have the expertise and ability to take care of you or the people you love. Below are some helpful tips on how to choose a doctor.

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How to Increase Your IQ Naturally

The IQ Test

I recently took an online test that gave me a free snapshot of my current IQ. The test was based on how fast I could answer each of the 35 questions given, as well as if those answers were correct. I scored 101, which I’ve heard is pretty good. But it got me thinking… How can I increase my IQ in healthy ways? Would it help to improve my mental health?

From my research, I found some simple activities and nutritional ways that one can use to help increase their IQ by improving their mental health. Review some of the helpful tips below to see if they might help you as well:

Take Mental Risks
There are several mind games, for lack of a better term, that can increase your IQ by increasing your ability to solve hard intellectual equations when played. Playing Sudoku or crossword puzzles, for example, is a simple, fun way to practice mental reasoning and problem solving. Similarly, playing a game of chess or checkers can increase your level of objective reasoning, in that there can be multiple ways to win or lose a game. In some ways, these and other similar mind games can act as calisthenics for your mind.

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Healthy Salad Tips

By Thomas Cazneau

On my journey to eating healthier, I’ve been ordering more salads when I eat out at restaurants. Lately, though, I’ve had to wonder about what constitutes a healthy salad?

Below are some suggestions I found helpful during recent research.

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Thyroid Problems? Get Your Energy Back Naturally

By Thomas Cazneau

I recently found out that I have hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid problems like this translate into low energy levels.

For most of my life, I’ve taken a generic medicine called Levothroid that helps raise and
regulate my thyroid levels, thus giving me more energy. However, I was curious about natural ways to combat hypothyroidism, especially during times when it’s difficult to pay for a prescription refill. Below are some helpful tips I found during my research.

How to Handle Thyroid Problems Naturally
Making dietary changes is the first step in helping thyroid problems and not being tired all the time.

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