As we spring forward into the new year, it is exciting to see the opportunities all around us as Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs.  AWA is proud to support its members in their business endeavors and ensure that you have the tools and resources to be successful.  

In this issue of Insights, learn about Workplace Wellness and implementing this in your organization, as well as what the Small Business Administration site has to offer.

Staying healthy during the seasonal changes is important to us as well.  Is Cold & Flu season finally over or should you still be protecting yourself while you are out and about? Find out more in the Health section.  And if you have been looking for Dental or Vision coverage to add to your AWA membership, check out AWA Benefits to see what options might be the right fit for you.

We've also reviewed some of the best Apps available to help keep members on their health journey in 2017. Don't let those resolutions fade yet!

Be sure to follow AWA on social media for the latest news and information on small business, health and consumer topics.

We hope you continue to find value in AWA membership and be sure to contact Member Services at (855) 351-7536 or at info@affiliatedworkersassociation.org for any questions.

Neil Peterson 
AWA President

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Membership Plan or Benefits Questions?

Be sure to check the Member Portal - members.affiliatedworkersassociation.org as membership materials have been updated with new contact information.

Contact our new benefits administrator - Premier Health Solutions - at (855) 351-7536 or via email at info@affiliatedworkersassociation.org.


 

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AWA Dental Plans

Dental coverage just got easier with AWA Dental 1000, AWA Dental 1500 and AWA Dental Plus.  Created to provide flexibility at a great price point, each plan is designed to meet a specific lifestyle need.  

AWA Dental 1000 & 1500 are fixed indemnity plans that pay for services and procedures based on a schedule of benefits, so you can know exactly what the plan will pay before you visit the dentist.  

AWA Dental Plus is a fully insured plan that uses a graduating scale of benefit percentages that increase over a period of three years.  AWA Dental Plus also includes an orthodontic benefit for dependent children to age 19.

If you are interested in adding a membership plan that features AWA Dental, please call (855) 351-7536.

 

AWA Focus First EyeCare

The AWA Focus First EyeCare vision plan provides benefits for an eye exam and lenses once every 12 months, and frames once every 24 months.  In addition, members receive benefits for contact lenses, as well as discounts on vision items not covered by the plan. Members receive higher benefits when they utilize one of the 65,000 network providers nationwide.

EyeMed's integrated provider network is included in the Focus First EyeCare plan. Members can choose from private practice optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians and optical retailers and enjoy in-network savings.  When visiting an EyeMed Select Network provider, members may choose from any frame available at the provider locations.

If you are interested in adding a membership plan featuring AWA Focus First EyeCare, please call (855) 351-7536.

Small Business Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness provides value to your employees and your organization.  With even small changes, overall wellness and health can provide a lasting impact.  The goal of creating a program is to help your employees improve their health and reduce healthcare costs.  

Workplace Wellness has shifted from just physical health to "whole person" health, including:

  • Physical Health
  • Mental/Emotional Health
  • Financial Health
  • Spiritual Health

By providing simple opportunities for your employees like discounts to fitness centers and vitamins, encouraging exercise during the day, mental screening tools, mindfulness resources, and access to financial counseling tools, your small business can provide an integrated approach to overall well-being for your employees.

For more information - AWA's partner Small Business Majority recently released a comprehensive toolkit to help make it easier for small businesses to learn about and implement workplace wellness programs.  


 

Small Business Resource

The U.S. Small Business Administration website provides numerous tools that can help anyone looking to start or grow a small business.  With webinars, in-person seminars, tools and templates, an entrepreneur can research taking an idea and growing it into a successful business venture.

Upcoming webinars include:

  • April 4th - Financing Your Small Business
  • April 11th - How to Build Your Brand and Reach Your Target Market
  • April 25th - Business Start-Up 101

Check out the SBA.gov Tools/Events page for registration on these events, plus check out their online training topics for information at any time.

 

Is Cold & Flu Season Over?  Can I Relax?

Although the peak of the flu season is typically in February, the flu will remain active through May.  A close relative to the flu virus is the common cold, also spreading around the same timeframe as the flu.  Most of us frequent busy, well-populated areas and chances are someone in the crowd is carrying the germs and possibly spreading them too.  We all have our methods to try and avoid catching a cold or flu, but some are more helpful than others. Let's review:

Using Hand Sanitizer

Some hand sanitizers are more effective than others.  Look for one that contains 60% alcohol - that's the amount needed to actually kill germs.  But don't overdo it - once or twice a day, especially after using public transportation or upon arrival home if you can't wash your hands.

Washing Your Hands Constantly

Don't skip it - especially after using the restroom or before you eat.  But there is a large room for error on this one - only 5% of people wash their hands long enough to effectively get rid of the germs and only one out of three people even use soap!

Turning Restroom Faucets/Opening Door with Paper Towel

In a public restroom, the faucet handles are the most contaminated surface with the restroom door a close second.  Using a paper towel to turn off the faucet and then pull the restroom door open to exit is a good idea.

Skipping the Hand Dryer

Studies show that a jet air dryer spreads 1,300 times more germs than paper towels.  Use a paper towel instead or air dry your hands.

Touching Elevator Buttons with a Knuckle or Sleeve

Yes - these are pretty grimy, especially the ground floor button, which everyone touches.

Avoid Shaking Hands with People Who Appear Ill

Try not to be rude, but explain that you are protecting your health.

Keep Your Hands Off Your Face

Your hands have germs.  Touching your eyes, nose or mouth is a surefire way to get sick.

Protecting Yourself at the Gym

Bringing your own yoga mat and wiping down gym equipment before using it can help prevent germs from spreading as well.  One study found the cold virus present on 63% of gym machines.

Source: Webmd.com


 

Apps to Help Jumpstart New Health Habits

Lose It - Combines a workout journal and a food diary into one tool.  The food library is extensive and has accurate calorie, carb, fiber, fat, sodium and protein values.  Add in your daily exercise with intensity and hours spent and it calculates calories eaten, how many burned and how much more you can eat. 

Available for IOS and Android.

Couch to 5K – For anyone who has wanted to try running but couldn’t figure out where to start, this app will help you on your journey.  A free eight-week program gives users three workouts per week to get you ready for an upcoming race.

Available for IOS and Android.

RunKeeper – Goes beyond the basics to offer interval workouts with audio cues,split times and target pacing.  Manually input workout stats for other exercises as well, like treadmill or elliptical workouts.  Manage your music for your workout without ever leaving the app.  The Runkeeper app is supported by the tracking, sharing and mapping upload service at runkeeper.com.

Available for IOS and Android.

MyFitnessPal – Tracks your calories and activity so you can reach your fitness goals. With its online community, you can interact with other users, set goals based on personal fitness information and choose from a library of over 3 million food items for your daily tracking needs.

Available for IOS and Android.

google-play-app-storeAvailable to download to your PC or mobile.

 

AWA makes no endorsement, representation or warranties regarding any services offered by the above mentioned.