One mom went against the grain for her kids' health care. It paid off in the best way.

Remember when doctors making house calls was a thing?

I mean, it feels like every other TV doctor still does it. But in real life, we don't see it all that often.

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During the 1930s, around 40% of all interactions between doctors and patients happened during house calls. But by 1980, it had dropped to less than 1%.

That's because with the advent of more advanced (and larger) medical equipment, it just made more sense for patients to travel to their doctors instead of the other way around. Until now.

Today, house calls are coming back in a big way.  

With more mobile medical equipment being developed and new apps designed to connect patients and doctors faster than ever, in-home health care has become much more convenient.

Enter Charlie Wetmore. He's on the front line, providing his expertise to a very important part of our community: children. And he's getting kids to pay attention to their health unlike ever before.

"One of the main things you'll notice with a house call is that the child is in a very familiar and very comfortable environment," Charlie says. "You're able to do a more thorough examination."

Check out how he's making a huge impact with one family right here:

A guy who makes house calls and instills healthy habits in your kids: Meet Charlie.

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Wetmore is a do-it-all pediatric nurse practitioner with a mission to bring health care straight to the home.

That was just what Nicole Childs, a mother of three, needed for her family. "People don't make house calls, so I took a chance," she explains. "I'm glad I did. Because now I know, if at 2 o'clock in the morning, somebody wakes up with a fever, Charlie's gonna answer my phone call."

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From strep throat to diaper rash to ear infections, Charlie can treat almost anything that a young patient is going through. But for Charlie, it's ultimately all about making sure the kids stay healthy.

"Prevention is the key," he says.

That's one of the main messages Charlie preaches. "Teaching the child from a young age to pursue a healthy lifestyle," he explains, "will pay great dividends as they get older and they begin to encounter those more sophisticated elements like your BMI and your cholesterol and your blood pressure."

"It's very difficult to evoke the need to change if they didn't already have the foundation as a young child."

Granted, it can be hard to educate kids on the importance of healthy choices. That's why schools across the country are coming together to provide 54 million children with the health education they need to adopt healthy behaviors and improve their quality of life.

In fact, Charlie has the perfect medium to get that same message across with his own patients: himself.

Charlie always makes sure he's setting a great example with his own health.

"If you're healthy, it's a little easier to project that image and give those messages out," he says. "So I try to live a healthy lifestyle. I know my [health] numbers."

And for any person — young or old — that's an important way to go if you're just starting to pay attention to preventive care. Knowing your four health numbers — blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI) — can be the difference-maker you need.

Plus, if you need any additional assistance down the line, Cigna offers customers a 24-hour health information line, with nurses available to answer your health-related questions and give you information on when and where you should get treatment, as well as telehealth programs ready to connect you with a board-certified doctor via secure video chat or phone. For example, the Cigna Telehealth Connection connects customers to doctors who can help them get the care they need, including many prescriptions, for a variety of conditions day or night from wherever they are.

So whether you still go to the doctor's office or prefer a home visit, what matters is you're taking control of your health and your family's.

That's the beauty of house calls making a comeback: It's giving more people more options than ever to find the solution that works perfectly for them. But if making the trip to your doctor is still the best way for you, that's awesome too!

Learn more about how to take control of your health at Cigna.com/TakeControl.

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On an old episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in July 1992, Oprah put her audience through a social experiment that puts racism in a new light. Despite being nearly two decades old, it's as relevant today as ever.

She split the audience members into two groups based on their eye color. Those with brown eyes were given preferential treatment by getting to cut the line and given refreshments while they waited to be seated. Those with blue eyes were made to put on a green collar and wait in a crowd for two hours.

Staff were instructed to be extra polite to brown-eyed people and to discriminate against blue-eyed people. Her guest for that day's show was diversity expert Jane Elliott, who helped set up the experiment and played along, explaining that brown-eyed people were smarter than blue-eyed people.

Watch the video to see how this experiment plays out.

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Take Dr. Jackie Sanderlin, for example, who's worked in the education system for over 25 years, and as a teacher for seven. Entering the profession, she didn't anticipate how much influence a student's home life could affect her classroom, including "students who lived in foster homes" and "lacked parental support."

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Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience, says it can be difficult to create engaging course work that's applicable to the challenges students face. "I think that sometimes, teachers don't know where to begin. Teachers are always looking for ways to make learning in their classrooms more relevant."

So what resources do teachers turn to in an increasingly fractured world? "Joining a professional learning network that supports and challenges thinking is one of the most impactful things that a teacher can do to support their own learning," Anglemyer says.

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A new program for teachers that offers this network along with other resources is the WE Teachers Program, an initiative developed by Walgreens in partnership with ME to WE and Mental Health America. WE Teachers provides tools and resources, at no cost to teachers, looking for guidance around the social issues related to poverty, youth violence, mental health, bullying, and diversity and inclusion. Through online modules and trainings as well as a digital community, these resources help them address the critical issues their students face.

Jessica Mauritzen, a high school Spanish teacher, credits a network of support for providing her with new opportunities to enrich the learning experience for her students. "This past year was a year of awakening for me and through support… I realized that I was able to teach in a way that built up our community, our school, and our students, and supported them to become young leaders," she says.

With the new WE Teachers program, teachers can learn to identify the tough issues affecting their students, secure the tools needed to address them in a supportive manner, and help students become more socially-conscious, compassionate, and engaged citizens.

It's a potentially life-saving experience for students, and in turn, "a great gift for teachers," says Dr. Sanderlin.

"I wish I had the WE Teachers program when I was a teacher because it provides the online training and resources teachers need to begin to grapple with these critical social issues that plague our students every day," she adds.

In addition to the WE Teachers curriculum, the program features a WE Teachers Award to honor educators who go above and beyond in their classrooms. At least 500 teachers will be recognized and each will receive a $500 Walgreens gift card, which is the average amount teachers spend out-of-pocket on supplies annually. Teachers can be nominated or apply themselves. To learn more about the awards and how to nominate an amazing teacher, or sign up for access to the teacher resources available through WE Teachers, visit walgreens.com/metowe.

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