Health Net Offers Ways To Help Make 2013 A Year Of Good Health


Leading a healthy lifestyle tops many Americans lists of New Years resolutions. But exactly what defines good health? As calendars will soon be turning to 2013, Health Net, Inc.[1] (HNT[2]) is sharing several important questions and answers that should be reviewed before embarking on any health-improvement program.

We all want to be healthy, but what does being in good health actually mean, and how do we know what we should be doing to achieve that goal? asks Jonathan Scheff, M.D., chief medical officer for Health Net. The answers arent always that simple, he adds, and each of us may need help in finding the health formula that fits our individual needs.

Consider these Questions

To assist with navigating your way to a healthier 2013, Managed Health Network, Inc. (MHN), the behavioral health services subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., has developed the following list of important health questions and answers:

  • How much should I weigh? Theres no question that being overweight is unhealthy. In fact, obesity has long been connected with several serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, some cancers and stroke. Determining if your weight falls into the unhealthy category, however, isnt simply a matter of standing on the scale. Thats because a variety of factors figure into the equation; for example, while muscle is preferable to fat, muscle weighs more than fat. So the number that shows on a scale doesnt necessarily answer the question: How much should I weigh? To help answer that question, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidelines. Specifically, the CDC says that a waist size of more than 40 inches for a man, and 35 inches for a non-pregnant woman, is an indication of being overweight and at risk for obesity-related illnesses. Your body mass index (BMI), a ratio based on your weight and height, is a more precise measure of whether youre at a healthy weight. The CDC provides a BMI calculator at this link: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/healthyweight/assessing/index.htm[3].
  • How hard do I need to physically push myself in order to get fit? Generally speaking, a slow, steady heartbeat is associated with good health. While a physician can draw some conclusions about your health by listening to your heart, taking your pulse wont yield extensive information. If youve established an exercise routine thats designed to improve your level of fitness, however, using your target heart rate does provide a measure of whether youre doing enough to reach your goal. (It should be noted that, prior to starting any exercise program, its important to first consult a physician.) Its also important to note that, while your target heart rate is based on a percentage of your maximum heart rate, reaching that maximum is not the goal. In fact, a heart rate of 50 to 85 percent of your maximum indicates youre exerting yourself enough to become more fit. To calculate a rough estimate of your maximum heart rate, take the number 220 and subtract your age. Certain online resources offer more precise target-heart-rate ranges, such as the following: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/healthtool-target-heart-rate-calculator[4].
  • Should I switch from cigarettes to a safer tobacco? It has been medically and scientifically proven that tobacco use leaves in its wake a host of negative health consequences. Despite this longstanding fact, rationalizations, along with downright myths, abound about cigarettes and other tobacco products. People claim that there are safer ways of smoking, such as not inhaling, switching to light or low-tar brands, or hand-rolling their own cigarettes. Cigars are often touted as a healthier alternative to cigarettes, as are smokeless tobacco products. As the American Cancer Society unequivocally states, the bottom line is: All tobacco products damage your health and quitting all such products is the smartest step that any smoker can take. If you want to take that smart step, a good place to start is by visiting http://www.cancer.org/healthy/index[5] and talking to your physician.
  • Am I suffering from a mental illness? As a general rule, people tend to focus on their physical health versus their mental/emotional health. The reality, however, is that all components — physical, mental and emotional — are equally important to achieving good overall health. As a starting point in assessing your mental health, consider this definition provided by the U.S. Surgeon Generals office: Mental health is the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversity. In contrast, the U.S. Surgeon Generals office describes mental illness as all diagnosable mental disorders, which are health conditions characterized by alteration in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning. Central to both of these descriptions is ones ability to function. Specifically, if you feel that mental or emotional issues may be preventing you from successfully navigating daily life for an extended period, professional help may be warranted, and you should consult with your physician. If your employer offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), thats certainly another good resource; or visit http://www.nmha.org[6] for some additional information.

Aim for the Achievable

Looking ahead to 2013, Scheff cautions, Be reasonable in your goals and dont set the bar too high. For example, dont say youre going to run a marathon. First commit to simply exercising three times a week. You can always increase your goal.

Medical Advice Disclaimer

The information provided is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for professional medical care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other health provider for any questions you may have regarding your medical condition and follow your health care providers instructions.

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net, through its subsidiaries, provides and administers health benefits to approximately 5.4 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as Part D), Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Nets behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 4.9 million individuals, including Health Nets own health plan members. Health Nets subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Nets website at www.healthnet.com[7].

This release contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Health Net. Please be aware that Health Net is not responsible for the contents linked or referred to from this release. Links to other websites are provided for the users convenience. Health Net does not express an opinion on the content or the properties of such linked websites and disclaims any liability in connection therewith.


  1. ^ Health Net, Inc. (cts.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ HNT (finance.yahoo.com)
  3. ^ http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/healthyweight/assessing/index.htm (cts.businesswire.com)
  4. ^ http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/healthtool-target-heart-rate-calculator (cts.businesswire.com)
  5. ^ http://www.cancer.org/healthy/index (cts.businesswire.com)
  6. ^ http://www.nmha.org (cts.businesswire.com)
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    How Will You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle In The Future? Imagine yourself after college. You’re married with a few kids. You’re gaining a few pounds every now and then. How will you get yourself back on track into a healthy lifestyle?

      • HealthNut
      • December 8, 2012

      Minus the after college part, but I have 2 kids and am expecting the third one in a few weeks. We maintain healthy lifestyles by eating nutritious foods, lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and milk. We also get a lot of exercise in. Although my kids are still toddlers and I’m big as a house, everyday as a family my husband and I walk with the kids up and down the road, then when we get home my husband stays outside with the kids and plays with them while I get supper fixed. We don’t turn the TV on until after baths, forcing us to get up off the couch. Hopefully that will encourage our kids to maintain healthy lifestyles after they’re all grown up.

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    What Can Anyone Do To Promote A Healthy Lifestyle? What can institutions such as schools do and what can individuals do?
    What can the government put in place?
    What is the reason for the fact not a lot of people care about having a healthy lifestyle anymore?

      • HealthNut
      • December 8, 2012

      Schools can replace all or most of the canteen food with healthy options so they could replace chicken burger with tuna salad for example. Individuals can aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. The government can put a higher price up on junk food, therefore tempting more people to buy healthy food as it would become cheaper than it is now.

      The reason why people don’t care about a healthy lifestyle, is that junk food like burger and chips is quick and a convenience, as healthy meals takes time to prepare. Same with exercise maybe being time consuming and they have a busy schedule to be able to fit it all in.

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    What Would You Say A Healthy Lifestyle Is? Hey 🙂 I’ve got some coursework that needs doing and I need to do some primary reasearch and I was just wondering if you would leave me some answers below on what you think a healthy lifestyle is personally. And what you think you have to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I need loads of answers so I hope you dont mind helping me 🙂 Thankyouu

      • HealthNut
      • December 8, 2012

      Healthy lifestyle…involves eating right, exercing, and relationships you have with others. Also if you live in a clean environment…messy=germs=sickness…and to maintain a healthy lifestyle you need to frequenlty eat right, do some sort of physical activity, be nice to others (stress is bad for health), and keep a clean home

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    How Do You Stay Commited To Your Healthy Lifestyle? I’m trying have a healthy lifestyle and lose weight but i’m finding it hard to commit.

      • HealthNut
      • December 8, 2012

      Are you sure you want to lose weight? If this a true desire, give it two weeks, and then asses how you feel. If you are eating healthy and exercises you will feel the difference, then if you go back to living unhealthfully you will be able to tell the change in how you feel, then you should be able to make an easy desicion.

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    How Can I Pursue A More Healthy Lifestyle To Help Me Attain My Maximum Potential In Life ? I am 28, and have always had a bad health because of depression and anxiety. But I want to change it I need some tips on how to pursue a really healthy lifestyle which helps people in their mental and physical wellbeing?

      • HealthNut
      • December 8, 2012

      Two of the healthiest diets in the world are the Mediterranean diet and the Okinawa diet.

      Yoga often helps for anxiety and depression as it promotes mental and physical wellbeing.

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