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Bulivian Founder Hosts Free Weight Loss Webinar With Comedian & Actress Kim Coles

--Set to take the mystery out of weight loss, Bulivian founder, Dr. Tabatha Carr ND will host a free webinar on April 9th at 5 p.m. PDT and 8 p.m. EDT. With a personalized touch, the live event will include a special guest appearance by actress, comedian, and author, Kim Coles. –

Oklahoma City, OK (BlackNews.com) -- Could it be that hormones have a direct affect on weight loss? So says naturopathic doctor and owner of Bulivian.com, Dr. Tabatha Carr ND. Set to bring her insightful take on the five key factors that inhibit weight loss, the good doctor will address hormones, sugar, toxins, and the emotions that hinder good health. Making the message lively, comedian and actress Kim Coles will bring her love of empowering people via her transformational program entitled G.I.F.T.S.

Dr. Carr said of the event, “When I uncovered the strategy to reverse some of the most common health problems, I knew I was on to something. I knew I could bring many back to vibrant health so they could be proud of their body and be confident enough to go get their dreams.”

The live Bulivian weight loss webinar will address:

* Weight challenges

* Hormone issues

* Blood sugar issues

* Circulation issues

* Low energy levels

For more information, visit www.bulivian.com. To register, visit www.bulivian.com/gethealthy

About Bulivian:

Bulivian is based in Oklahoma City, OK and is founded by Dr. Tabatha Carr.

Information About Kim Coles:

www.kim-coles.com

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Covered California Special Enrollment Period

Covered California’s annual open-enrollment period may be over, but if you are still uninsured, you may be able to get financial assistance to help you purchase health care coverage.

Between now and Oct. 31, those who are eligible can sign up for coverage through Covered California’s special-enrollment period, as long as they do so within 60 days of a qualifying life event. The following circumstances are among the more common reasons individuals become eligible for special enrollment:

· They lose their health coverage because they have lost or changed jobs.

· They get married or enter a domestic partnership.

· They have a baby, adopt a child or place a child for adoption or in foster care.

· They move and gain access to new Covered California health insurance plans that were not available where they previously lived.

· They become a citizen, a U.S. national or a lawfully present individual.

If you qualify under any of these conditions, you are eligible to get health insurance coverage and join your fellow Californians in having one less thing to worry about.

Make sure you take advantage of the financial assistance available to you and your family. An analysis by Covered California shows that its households received an average of $5,300 per year in tax credits to help pay for the cost of their coverage in 2016. Additionally, 12 percent of Covered California households receive more than $10,000 per year, and 16 percent of individuals receive more than $6,000 per year to help bring health coverage within reach.

Nearly half of all Covered California consumers, 49 percent, can get a Silver plan costing less than $100 per month. All of these consumers would benefit from financial assistance to lower their out-of-pocket expenses at various levels. In fact, 195,000 people, or 17 percent of current Covered California enrollees, can visit their doctor for only a $5 copay and will have an annual deductible of only $75 for an individual and $150 for a family. (The deductible only applies to hospital care.)

Those enrolled in “Enhanced Silver” plans, get the the additional benefit of cost-sharing reductions that reduce their out-of-pocket expenses by an average of $1,500 per year. More than half of all Covered California consumers receiving a tax credit, 59 percent, can get a Bronze plan for less than $10 per month. Bronze plans offer three visits to a primary care physician or specialist that are not subject to a deductible.

Californians have taken advantage of those savings. A new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that California’s uninsured rate has fallen to a new record low of 7.1 percent, which is significantly lower than the 17 percent the CDC found in 2013.

Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said the exchange, which added 412,000 enrollees during the open-enrollment period that concluded on Jan. 31, is proud to be part of the effort that is helping millions of people get the coverage and care they need. Lee credited the expansion of Medi-Cal and the launch of a competitive state-based marketplace as the keys to empowering consumers and providing quality and value.

Prior to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, California’s uninsured rate for all ages was higher than the national average: 17 percent compared to 14.4 percent. Since that time, California has fallen below the national average and is dropping at a significantly faster pace. The CDC says the difference between the two rates was one percentage point at the end of 2015. The difference between the two rates has now increased to 1.7 percentage points: 7.1 percent of California residents are uninsured compared to 8.8 percent nationally.

For more information on special-enrollment rules, visit: http://www.CoveredCA.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment.

Those who qualify for Medi-Cal may enroll through Covered California year round.

For more information, visit CoveredCA.com, where you can enroll online or get information about obtaining free, confidential in-person assistance in a variety of languages. You can find a certified enroller at a storefront in your area or have a certified enroller contact you through the “Help on Demand” feature. You can also enroll over the phone by calling Covered California at (800) 300-1506.

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Your Local Public Health Departments Can Play a Vital Part in Building Community, Building Hope

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month—

Washington, DC, April 3, 2017 – Millions of children and adolescents are exposed to violence and experience child abuse and neglect early in life. Exposure to violence, abuse and neglect is a significant problem, as it can cause serious physical, mental, and emotional health problems and lead to injuries and death.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing nearly 3,000 local health departments across the nation, supports leadership and capacity-building in local communities to prevent and reduce children’s abuse and neglect. Local health departments play an important role in local systems that serve children to reduce rates of abuse and neglect, both as direct service providers and as coordinating agencies.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, NACCHO encourages local health departments to observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month by implementing policies, programs, and strategies that help prevent child maltreatment and exposure to violence, and provide for children’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs. Every young person deserves the right to grow up safe, healthy, and free from violence.

“Local health departments provide critical services and programs that support families and promote safe, stable, and nurturing environments for children,” said William M. Barnes, PhD, MBA, NACCHO’s Acting Executive Director and Chief Program Officer.

“Children can be safeguarded through home visitation programs such as Nurse Family Partnership and Healthy Families America; therapeutic interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy and strengthening families; and evidenced-based parenting education programs such as the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program. Creating an environment that supports children and families is effective in reducing child abuse and neglect.”

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

Nurturing and attachment

Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development

Parental resilience

Social connections

Concrete supports for parents

Social and emotional competence of children

In support of these efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities (2016). This resource presents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help prevent child abuse and neglect.

For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April and throughout the year, visit NACCHO’s website www.naccho.org, and on Twitter and Facebook.

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