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Temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling all around, so it is easy to tell that the seasons are changing and the holidays are quickly approaching.  As our AWA members begin to plan for the family gatherings and holiday shopping, we want to remind you of the benefits you have access to in the AWA Benefits section.

Our AWA members can start their travel planning and holiday shopping early with Retail Benefits. As the weather brings on more illnesses, learn about ScriptSave, a prescription discount benefit on many AWA membership plans.  And make sure your road trips to visit family members are protected through our Affinity Partner discount program – Liberty Mutual. 

As entrepreneurs and small business owners, October and November are great months to advertise your business and support other Small Businesses during the holiday season – October is Women’s Small Business Month and November 26 is Small Business Saturday.  Learn more in the Business section.

Our Health & Lifestyle section in this edition showcases some heart healthy holiday recipes and shopping apps designed to help your holiday go a little more smoothly. 

And with the season change, we are mindful of other changes, including a change in benefits administration.  Premier Health Solutions is working on behalf of all AWA members, researching the best benefits and supporting our members with any questions or concerns they might have regarding their membership.  Please note the best way to contact Premier Health Solutions is by phone at (855) 351-7536 or at info@affiliatedworkersassociation.org.

Finally, we invite you to join us for our AWA Annual Member Meeting on December 6th at 5:30pm CST via teleconference.  Click here to RSVP for more details.

Hoping that this season gives you time with your loved ones and a healthy holiday season!

Neil Peterson 
AWA President

Join us for the AWA Annual Member Meeting

Our Annual Member Meeting will be held on December 2, 2016 at 5:30pm CST via teleconference.  To attend the meeting, simply RSVP by November 25, 2016. Upon RSVP, we will forward you the call in details.

RSVP TO ATTEND

If you can't attend the meeting, you can still submit your vote by proxy. Click below to download the proxy form. Return the completed form to AWA (address included on the form) by November 25, 2016.

PROXY FORM

Have a question for the AWA Board? You can submit questions for the AWA Board of Directors to address at the meeting. Simply email your questions to info@affiliatedworkersassociation.org.


Membership Plan or Benefit Questions?

Be sure to check the Member Portal - members.affiliatedworkersassociation.org to view your membership materials with updated contact information for questions.  Contact our new benefits administrator Premier Health Solutions by phone at (855) 351-7536 or email at info@affiliatedworkersassociation.org.

ScriptSave

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Some of our membership plans have included a discount prescription program TrueRx. Plans with TrueRx are transitioning to a new discount prescription program called ScriptSave Prescription Savings Card.  This program provides an average savings of 44 - 75% on prescription medications and is honored at more than 62,000 pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Walmart, Kroger, Target, Walgreens and Rite Aid.  For more information on ScriptSave, consult your membership association materials on members.affiliatedworkersassociation.org.

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


Retail Benefits

As you are making plans to visit loved ones this holiday season, save money on your holiday travel. Through the AWA Retail Benefits shopping site, you can book your airfare and hotel through your favorite travel sites like Expedia, Hotels.com and Travelocity. You can also book your rental car through the same travel websites or from the rental car sites, like Avis and Hertz. Best of all, you will earn cash back on your bookings.

The AWA Retail Benefits site frequently features special discount offers at some of your favorite merchants to save you even more money. Even better, you can shop on the site for more than just your travel.   Work on your holiday shopping for family and friends, and you will earn cash back on your purchases.  Signing up for Retail Benefits is free. Visit https://shop.retailbenefits.com to get started.  The savings will add up fast!


New AWA Savings -- Auto & Home Insurance through Liberty Mutual

LibertyMutualAs part of our ongoing efforts to offer valuable benefits to our members, we're always looking for additional savings opportunities to pass along. That's why AWA has partnered with Liberty Mutual to provide AWA members preferred savings on auto and home insurance through an affinity savings program.

Here's How:

  • Get discounts based on your driving experience, car and home safety features and more
  • Save on your home insurance when you insure both your car and home with Liberty Mutual
  • Take advantage of Liberty Mutual valuable features and benefits, such as Accident Forgiveness and New Car Replacement

Service and Support When and Where You Need It

Whether you have an accident, need to file a claim, or have routine business, Liberty Mutual offers flexible, convenient service and support:

  • 24/7 claims assistance, fast appraisals, and after-hours policy services
  • Convenient support by phone, online, or one-on-one with a local sales representative
  • Your choice of payment options, including electronic withdrawal or direct billing

Need additional coverage?

In addition to auto and home insurance, Liberty Mutual offers life, motorcycle, condo, renters and personal liability insurance. Liberty Mutual sales representatives will explain your options in clear terms and recommend the coverage that best suits your needs.

To learn more about Liberty Mutual insurance or get a free, no-obligation quote, visit www.LibertyMutual.com/awa. Please refer to the Member Portal to find the AWA discount code.

Instructions: Once you login on the Member Portal, go to My Products and click on View and Print. The Liberty Mutual Savings Program flyer will be listed under Member Materials.

This partnership was created as an affiliate marketing opportunity. This partnership was created as a way for AWA members to contact Liberty Mutual for a discount on home and auto insurance.

Coverage underwritten and provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliates, 175 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116. ©2015 Liberty Mutual Group. All rights reserved. Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. Accident Forgiveness is available to qualifying customers. In TX, home insurance underwritten by Liberty Insurance Corporation and auto insurance underwritten by Liberty County Mutual Insurance Company, 2100 Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX.


Apps to Help You Get Ready for Black Friday/Holiday Shopping Season:

Flipp is an all-in-one flyer, coupon, and savings tracker for your smartphone. Whether it’s for the coming Black Friday madness or just another weekly visit to the supermarket, Flipp helps guide you through every step of the way. Flipp has added new features that enable you to easily add coupons from various store circulars and print them via email. That way, you can plan your entire Black Friday invasion right from your smartphone.

Available for IOS and Android.

Shopkick works by awarding points — aka “kicks” — every time you walk into a retailer. It will make offers and suggestions based on your interests, and let you know what deals are going on at the store you’re visiting. You’ll also get important contact and store details as you walk in. The kicks you earn can later be redeemed for gift cards at all sorts of stores, including Target and Starbucks.

Available for IOS and Android.

Cartwheel is Target’s mobile savings app that allows you to search, browse or even scan items in store to find offers, then add the offers to your personalized Cartwheel barcode to use at checkout in the store.

Available for IOS and Android.

When it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Amazon has consistently presented consumers with some amazing deals. From deeply discounted electronics to grocery items, you'll kick yourself if you miss that huge TV that sold for 60% off. With free Super Saver Shipping and Amazon Prime, be sure to keep a close eye on the deals that Amazon churns out this holiday season.

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.

Creating a Colorful Table for the Holidays

Making a festive and elegant table for your holiday feast is a given, but consider using a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits to brighten up your spread as well.  By adding sautéed red peppers, onions and mushrooms to bowls of green vegetables, you can introduce a splash of color and additional nutrients for your guests.

Involve your young guests in helping to choose vegetables in a variety of colors at the store.  By involving the children in these important decisions, they will feel a sense of pride and be more willing to try these new vegetables.

“Half of a meal should comprise fruits and vegetables that consist of a variety of colors,” said Vilma Andari, president and founder of NutraHealthFood and a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. “The other two quarters should be whole grains and healthy proteins.”

Heart-healthy colorful veggies include sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts and acorn squash.  Apples and nuts are also healthful and provide texture and variety to any holiday spread.

Enjoy creating a vibrant holiday feast for your loved ones this holiday season with a challenge to add as many colors as possible!


Heart Healthy Recipes

As you look for seasonal, colorful recipes to brighten up your table, here are some heart healthy ones to consider:

Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 lb. Brussels sprouts, brown ends trimmed off and cut in half
  • 1/2 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced (1/4 inch rounds)
  • 1/2 lb. turnips, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 small sweet potato cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh, chopped rosemary
  • 2 clove fresh, minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Thoroughly wash all vegetables, cut and toss together in large bowl.
  4. In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, rosemary, garlic, onion powder, pepper and salt.  Pour over vegetable mixture and toss well.
  5. Pour vegetable mixture into prepared 9 x 13 baking dish.  Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, stirring once, until all vegetables pierce easily with a fork.

Apple Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cloves or allspice
  • 6 slices light, whole-grain or multgrain bread, cubed
  • 3 medium apples, cored, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Optional:  1/2 cup of any one of the following:  raisins, dried cranberries, fresh or dried blueberries, chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Spray 9 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together egg, egg white, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves.
  4. Add bread and apple cubes.  Add fruit or nuts if desired.  Mix well.
  5. Pour mixture in to prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes

Festive Turkey Rice Salad

Great for using up holiday leftovers!

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked wild or brown rice (Or quick-cooking couscous)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, boneless, skinless, cooked turkey breast
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 bunch chopped green onions ( 1/2 cup)
  • Optional:  use up leftover peas or veggies of your choice in the salad.

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lime juice, oil, honey and ginger; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rice, turkey, cranberries and green onion.  Toss with ginger dressing.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.

Look for other Fall recipe ideas on Pinterest.