The Health of Gratitude | Virginia Employee Benefits Agency

The month of November has a central focus on the holiday, Thanksgiving. Linked with this holiday is the emotion of gratitude. We want to take a closer look at this emotion and see how it is linked to better health and give you some practical tips on how to increase the size of your gratitude … Continued

Preventive Care is as Easy as 1-2-3 | Virginia Employee Benefits Team

In a world where viruses run rampant across the globe and healthcare costs are skyrocketing, there is an easy way for you and your family to stay healthy—preventive care services. Preventive is defined as “used to stop something bad from happening.” Preventive care is care that thwarts off illness or disease thanks to regular check-ups, … Continued

Tips to Maximize Your HSA Benefits | Virginia Benefits Group

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are great ways to save tax-free money for medical expenses both in the current term, and for your retirement years. By making wise choices, you can maximize the benefit of these fantastic savings accounts. Let’s take a quick look at the basics and then explore some tips on how to make … Continued

Gamification and Open Enrollment | VA Benefits Agents

Open enrollment season is upon us and many companies are choosing to host “virtual benefits fairs” instead of the traditional “walk and talk” fairs. Open enrollment meetings have turned into live streaming events or recorded webinars. Incentivizing employee participation in these areas can come in a variety of ways but the newest trend is gamification. … Continued

Family Caregivers: 5 Tools to Avoid Burnout | VA Benefits Team

According to the National Center on Caregiving, a family caregiver (or informal caregiver) is “an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor) involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks.”  In the US, 85% of caregivers care for a relative or loved one with 42% of … Continued

How We Learn | Virginia Employee Benefits Team

“Everyone learns differently” is a phrase we have all heard at some time in our educational endeavors. It may have been overheard from your parents as they explained to your teacher why you have to get up and move all the time during class. You may have heard it said in high school as a … Continued

Effective Leadership Begins with You | VA Employee Benefits

If you search Merriam-Webster for the meaning of “leader,” you will find some interesting definitions: Something that leads: such as something that ranks first A person who leads: such as a person who has commanding authority or influence Now, think of those in leadership in your life. Do they line up with these definitions of … Continued

Mental Health Exercises for a Strong Mind | VA Benefits Team

When someone says they want to get healthy, you naturally think of physical health. However, we do have the ability to do a mind workout so that we are mentally fit. We’ve collected some exercises to help you build your mental-muscle-strength and, in turn, build a strong and healthy body. Anxiety disorders are the highest … Continued

Tools for the Remote Workplace | Virginia Benefits Advisors

The traditional workplace of physical offices and desks has changed. The new normal we are all experiencing is the remote workplace. While some are adjusting to this change without any growing pains, some may find it difficult to transition. Follow these tips to help manage your time in this new space. SET UP A PHYSICAL … Continued