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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

American Health Value recently had the opportunity to support and attend an annual event that had a great impact on our local community.  The event was a charity auction put on by the Treasure Valley Association of Health Underwriters with the proceeds going to benefit an organization called City Light.

City Light Home for Women

City Light Home for Women and Children was opened in 2000 to serve the needs of Boise's most vulnerable homeless.  They offer free meals and emergency shelter to women and their children, as well as counseling and other assistance as needed.

City Light Home for Women Thank You

For our contribution to the auction, we decided to put together a basket full of items from Williams-Sonoma.  We went out to their store, mentioned what we were doing, and they were more than helpful. 

They informed us that for every $100 gift card purchased, they donate $10 to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!  Needless to say, we bought a couple of those and then used them to purchase the items for our auction basket.  Williams-Sonoma even threw in a cutting board for free!
 
Williams-Sonoma Gift Basket for City Light
 
The event was a huge success with several thousand dollars being raised to benefit City Light, and our basket went for a great price!  We had a wonderful time attending, and were more than honored to be able to do what we could to benefit such a worthy cause.
 
Director of Operations Fran Florez at City Light

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Posted by HSA Admin at 12/21/2011 6:48:00 PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Given that it's Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to write about a few things that all of us at American Health Value are thankful for.   We wanted to take a broad approach to our list and mention things that people don't necessarily think of on a daily basis, but nearly everyone can relate to.

We hope you enjoy our list, and feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below!

 

Always Something to be Thankful For


 
Freedom:

This is something none of us should take for granted, as the price we have paid for it is steep.  Countless people have taken the oath to protect our freedoms at home and abroad.  We think it's important to recognize their sacrifice not only during Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, and Memorial Day, but everyday throughout the year.  If you meet a veteran, shake their hand and say, "Thank You".
 
Here is one of the wonderful organizations dedicated to helping our brave veterans:
 
Wounded Warrior Project
 
 
The Wounded Warrior Project exists to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after September 11, 2001.  On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers.
 
WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs.   Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury - from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
 
Make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project
 
Get involved with the Wounded Warrior Project
 
 
*** A Special "Thank You" ***

Wounded Warriors
LCpl N. Vandeventer, USMC Retired


 
Shelter:

 Shelter is one of the 5 Basic Human Needs, and the luxury it provides can sometimes slip under the radar on a daily basis.  For most of us, what comes to mind when we think of shelter are examples of extremes:  We can all relate to how nice it feels to make it to your car when it's raining in the parking lot, walking into your air-conditioned house on a hot summer day, or sitting next to the fireplace in the lodge after a long day on the slopes.
 
What about the day-to-day?  What about all those people who have nowhere to go, no roof over there head to provide protection from the elements, sanctity, and a sense of security?  Take a moment every once in awhile to stop and think about how lucky you are to have shelter, and if you can, please see what you can do to help those less fortunate.  We all can't house everyone in need, but we all can do a little that would go a very long way.
 
Homeless Man with Dog Homeless Woman
 
Click here to find a local homeless shelter and/or soup kitchen in your area.

 
People Who Work Holidays:

People Who Work on Holidays
 
 
Most of us (hopefully) have the "big" holidays off from work.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, July 4th, New Years...but for a significant number of employees across the country, these days are no different than any other.  Most of the people who work on  holidays are in the service industry in one form or another.  Restaurants and bars, hospitals, military, firefighters, police, senior centers, etc.  
 
Crime, emergencies, war & illness don't take the day off, and unfortunately neither can many of the employees and military personnel who specialize in these fields.  These people are the glue that hold our cities and towns together.  They're typically the people you call when you need help the most.  Someone broke into your house; a loved one had a stroke.  They are always there when we need them, day or night, holiday or not.  
 
So while we all sit down with our friends and families this Thanksgiving, if you are afforded the opportunity to do so, please take a moment and be thankful that you have that time to spend with each other.  Know that all those people are away from their friends and families, waiting to help yours at a moment's notice if they are in need.

 
Our Health:

Health Infographic

Have you ever taken a moment to stop and be thankful that you're healthy? For many of us, we think about how nice it was to be healthy when we've caught a bug and are lying in bed wishing we could instantly feel better. Sound familiar?  

One particular example comes to mind for me...  A few years back, I broke my thumb.  Although it is relatively obvious how vital our opposable thumbs are to our everyday existence, you rarely stop to appreciate the ability to use them.  Without thumbs, you can't do much.  Good luck tying your shoes, eating with utensils, or picking up anything at all.  All I remember thinking about was how much I truly appreciated having the ability to use both of them, and that I would never take them for granted again.  
 
Though my examples may sound trivial, we all should be more grateful and in tune with our overall health, and virtually everyone could stand to be a little bit more accountable.  Health is a blessing, and is something that cannot be understated.  We only have so many sunrises - start adding to the total instead of subtracting from it.  Treat your body well.  Try to eat a little better.  Exercise.  The end result is more time with the people you love, and nothing is more important than that.

 
Family:

Thankful for Family

Family is a funny thing, and it means many different things to many different people.  Regardless of what family means to you, there is one unequivocal truth:  Sometimes we can't live with them, but we could never live without them.   

Who would you be, or better yet,  where would you be without your family?  As none of us can be sure in our answer to these questions, we call can be sure that nobody on earth cares more for us than our families.  Family is around in good times and bad, when the chips are up and when they're down.  Our families know how to push us to succeed in life, how to motivate us to do what's right, regardless of whether or not we may agree at the time.  
 
Families as a unit always seem to have the bigger picture in mind, and the unit's collective vision is rarely blinded by incidental details or fallacies.  They are the people we credit in times of triumph, and they are the crutch we lean on when times are tough.  
 
This Thanksgiving, take a moment to reflect on your family and everything you have been through together.  Thank those who have helped you along the way, and reach out to those you haven't spoken to in awhile.  Relationships and bonds such as the ones we share with our families - flawed or flawless - are powerful and real, and we should all be thankful to have them.
 

All of us here at American Health Value wish you and your family a safe, healthy, & happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving


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Posted by HSA Admin at 11/23/2011 4:05:00 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

American Health Value recently had the opportunity to sponsor a local event whose proceeds went to benefit a very deserving charity.  When we heard what it was for, it didn't take long to decide we wanted to contribute to the cause any way we could. 

Live to Bfit 5k

The event was the "Live to Bfit 5k Run/Walk" and the 3+ mile course ran along the scenic Boise River.  Several of our employees even "took the plunge" and signed up to participate in the race!  One of our employees actually finished 4th overall in the women's division!

All of us had a blast, and it was so much fun to get outside on such a beautiful day and have the opportunity to help out a local charity in the process.

Here's a picture of some of us at the finish line:
 
AHV Crew at Live to Bfit 5k
 
The benefiting charity for the race was Camp River Run.  Camp River Run is a 4 day summer camp in Cascade, ID designed for kids ages 7-14.  It offers children who battle life-threatening or disabling medical conditions an outdoor camp experience to rejuvenate their youth and strengthen their spirits.
Camp River Run
If you would like to help out, you can & help support their wonderful cause.  Or, you can register for next year's 5k & join all of us out on the course!

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Posted by HSA Admin at 11/16/2011 9:43:00 PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

CAHU Healthcare Summit 2011

For our first blog post, we wanted to take the opportunity to share what an exciting time we had at the CAHU 2011 Health Care Summit in Burbank, CA!  We actually sponsored this event, and had the pleasure of spending time with two close friends and partners:  Jay Fettig, co-founder of the BATTLE System, and Harry Thal, the unofficial Medicare expert of California! 

It didn't take long for both Harry and Jay to get the hang of things and were helping us hand out information on our Health Savings Accounts, Free Healthcare Discount Card Program, and our Agent-Driven Medicare Lead Development System!

 

Rebecca with Harry Thal at CAHU 2011

 During the conference, we actually reached out to a man named Michael Reynolds who had tweeted that he was speaking at the show about the impact of social media!  We told him to stop by our booth and say "Hello" after his speech and sure enough, there he was! 

 
He shot this short video promo for us as a "Thank You" for using social media the way he was discussing in his speech!  Check out the video below with our National Marketing Director Rebecca Messreni and Jay Fettig, co-founder of the B.A.T.T.L.E. System!

 

 

When it was all said and done, we made a lot of new friends and reconnected with a lot of old friends as well.  It was a really positive show, and we are really looking forward to working with all the agents we met in every aspect of their business.  It is always an honor and a pleasure to meet face to face with the people who are truly on the front lines of today's health care landscape!


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Posted by HSA Admin at 11/8/2011 9:21:00 PM
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