March 27, 2018

Snow Shoveling Safety


Other areas of the country may be experiencing spring like weather, but here in the Upper Peninsula, we still have snow on the ground and the potential for more snow fall is very likely. We live in an area that is used to getting mass amounts of snow every winter. That being said, we are experienced when it comes to shoveling snow. However, it’s good to keep in mind your safety while shoveling to protect your body from harm. Here are a few tips to follow: Take it slow. Stretch before you begin. Push the snow rather than lifting. Lift … Continue reading

March 16, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day, the holiday where everyone is Irish for the day and the green beer flows. Being Irish myself, I look forward to this day every year to celebrate my heritage that I am so very proud of! Many people participate in the joyous festivities every year. If you are planning on partaking be sure that you are prepared to have a safe celebration. First things first, arrange to have a designated driver. Simply put, do not drink and drive. No amount of fun is worth the trouble this can get you in and the harm it can place … Continue reading

March 6, 2018

Workplace Eye Wellness Month


Did you know that March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month? If you’re like me, you more than likely had no idea there was a health awareness month for such a thing. I quickly browsed over this topic, but found myself coming back to it when I began to think about what it meant. Most think that the only way to damage your eyes would be working in a hazardous work environment, such as construction. However, believe it or not, there are many risks for individuals who also work in an office. Did you know that the most common eye problem … Continue reading

January 29, 2018

Understanding Health Insurance Terminology


The majority, if not most, of our population is covered by a health insurance policy. Whether you have an individual health policy or coverage through your employer, we are all required to have health insurance. Having insurance isn’t as simple as just being covered whenever you seek medical attention. It is very important to understand the design of your insurance policy to know what your out of pocket expenses are going to be. Health insurance policies have terminology such as deductible, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket maximums that many people think of as a foreign language. In my post today I’m hoping … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

Is Sitting the New Smoking?


In this day and age, many professions are commonly desk based; meaning your work tasks are completed while sitting all day working on your computer and phone. With this come risks that many people may not be aware of.  Many professionals say that “sitting is the new smoking” and that sitting for long periods of time has been linked to numerous health concerns. Research by James A Levine M.D, Ph.D. from The Mayo Clinic supports that some of these health concerns include; increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels.  A quite … Continue reading

October 30, 2017

How to Enroll in your Group Health Coverage Outside of Open Enrollment


You chose not to participate in your employer’s open enrollment period for enrollment into their group health coverage because you were under your spouse’s policy. Unfortunately, your spouse has lost his job and therefore your family’s health insurance coverage and now you find yourself without medical insurance.  This is the moment when panic starts to set in, but don’t fret! If you’re a full time employee and otherwise meet all the eligibility requirements to be enrolled under your employers’ plan, you’re in luck. The above situation is an example of a loss of health coverage that is considered a qualifying … Continue reading

October 24, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is recognized all over the world to bring awareness to the disease and raise funds. This campaign is close to my heart, as I’ve had loved ones who have been affected by this horrible disease. It’s likely that you also know someone that may have been affected. According to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, “one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and on average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer”.   Some additional facts on breast cancer from the National … Continue reading

October 16, 2017

Open Enrollment Part 1: What it Means for Your Group Health Coverage


Health insurance, those are two words that are usually followed with a sigh these days. However, if you are enrolled in your employer’s group medical insurance, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of your medical policy and when you are able to take advantage of open enrollment. Open enrollment is a very important period of time because it’s one of the few opportunities to enroll or make changes to your medical, dental, or vision policies without requiring a qualifying event. This period in time typically takes place a month before your policy is scheduled to become effective. For … Continue reading

May 22, 2017

Volunteer Committee


VAST promotes a variety of committees for employees to participate in. From the Nerd Herd to the Zen committee, there’s something for everyone.  Here at VAST, giving back is something that is very important to us. One of the newest committees, The Volunteer Committee, was created to provide opportunities for VAST team members to give back to our amazing community by volunteering for different causes and organizations. Our goal is to provide easy access to these opportunities by having a list of options to choose from right at our fingertips.  A few of these opportunities include JJ Packs, UPAWS, The … Continue reading

March 13, 2017

Travel Insurance


It’s that time of year again where we ditch the snow boots and frigid temps for flip flops and sunny skies. For those that are lucky enough to take respite from the Upper Peninsula’s infamous winters, it’s important to know how to cover yourself and loved ones while you travel abroad to your spring break destinations. Who wants their relaxing vacation to be interrupted by an unexpected sickness or injury? If you’re like me when planning a trip, I like to be extremely organized and plan for any situation. Unfortunately, you can’t always plan for the unexpected. Take the stress … Continue reading

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