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Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

It’s Brain Injury Awareness Month, and every 9 seconds, someone sustains a brain injury. Learn more about brain injuries.

Brain Injuries


Acquired brain injuries (ABIs) are ones that aren’t hereditary or from a degenerative disease. These can be caused by infection, electric shocks, nearly drowning, stroke, seizures, tumors, substance abuse, and overdose. 

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are from a trauma to the brain, and every day, 137 people die of TBI-related injuries. At least 5.3 million Americans live with a TBI-related disability.

Traumatic Brain Injuries


Opioid addictions and overdoses can cause permanent brain injuries and disabilities.

Opioids and Brain Injuries


Strokes are brain injuries that can permanently alter your life. Learn more about preventing strokes.

Preventing Strokes


Concussions are brain injuries, and without treatment, they can cause serious problems. But a better way to detect them might be on the way.

Concussions' Effects on the Brain


More than 13,000 service members and veterans are diagnosed with TBIs, and knowing the signs is key to getting help.

Military and Vet Brain Injuries

Healthy Chocolate Recipes

Healthy Chocolate Recipes

It’s American Chocolate Week, and you don’t have to break your healthy diet to enjoy it with these healthy chocolate recipes.

Whip up a simple and indulgent Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse that will impress anyone.

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse


These tasty No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars are the perfect kid-friendly treat.

Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)


This Chocolate Banana Frozen Yogurt Bark is a cool, refreshing treat when you’re craving ice cream.

Chocolate Banana Frozen Yogurt Bark


Chocolate Quinoa Cake is a great replacement for your sugary boxed-cake mix.

Chocolate Quinoa Cake


Treat yourself with these beautiful Raw Chocolate Raspberry Slices.

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Slices
Image and Recipe via Frankie’s Feast


Skip the candy bar with these healthy and easy Chocolate Coconut Balls.

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls


Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are a great way to start your morning if you have a sweet tooth.

Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Healthy Radicchio Recipes

Healthy Radicchio Recipes

This week, we’re helping you get ready for spring by featuring in-season, healthy radicchio recipes.

First up is an easy Radicchio, Avocado, Chicken, Grape, and Hazelnut Salad.

Raddichio, Avocado, Chicken, Grape and Hazelnut Salad with Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette


­Whip up these simple Quesadillas with Apple, Radicchio & Pomegranate for a healthy app.

Fall Quesadillas with Apple, Radicchio & Pomegranate


Grilled Radicchio, Summer Squashes, and Scallions go great with fish or chicken for a healthy dinner.

Grilled Radicchio, Summer Squashes, and Scallions
Image and Recipe via Martha Stewart


These Tuna and White Bean Radicchio Lettuce Wraps make the perfect light lunch.

Tuna and White Bean Radicchio Lettuce Wraps
Image and Recipe via Brook Lark


Fig, Green Bean, and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts is a surprisingly delicious combination.

Fig, Green Bean, and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts
Image and Recipe via Gourmande in the Kitchen


Radicchio, Pear, Gorgonzola, Pomegranate, and Walnut Salad is a tasty lunch or pre-dinner salad.

Radicchio, Pear, Gorgonzola, Pomegranate, and Walnut Salad


This beautiful Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi with Pancetta and Seared Radicchio will impress guests.

Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi with Pancetta and Seared Radicchio
Image and Recipe via Yummly

Healthy Meal Prep Recipes

Healthy Meal Prep Recipes

To help you better manage your time this month, we’re featuring fast and healthy meal prep recipes for easy lunches and dinners when you need them most.

First up is Sausage with Summer Squash, which will make you think of summer cookouts.

Sausage with Summer Squash
Image and Recipe via Meal Prep Mondays


These Quick & Easy Chicken Spring Roll Jars are the perfect grab-and-go lunches.

Quick & Easy Chicken Spring Roll Jars


Make these Salsa Verde Taco Meal Prep Bowls ahead and skip the takeout.

Salsa Verde Taco Meal Prep Bowls Easy


These delicious Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs are probably way better for you than those wings you’ve been craving.

Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs


This beautiful One-Pan Baked Cod & Veggies is the perfect weeknight dinner.

One Pan Baked Cod & Veggies


Vietnamese Beef and Riced Veggies will sneak in the veggies for your family.

Vietnamese Beef and Riced Veggies
Image and Recipe via Aimee Mars


Comfort food is on the menu with this Sun-Dried Tomato Chickpea One-Pot Pasta.

Sun Dried Tomato Chickpea One Pot Pasta (Meal Prep)

International Boost Self-Esteem Month

International Boost Self-Esteem Month

February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month, and boosting your self-esteem is great for fighting depression and anxiety and is good for your overall mental wellness.

Boost your self-esteem by avoiding negative self-talk. How do you label yourself? Stupid, intelligent, ugly, beautiful? Avoid being too critical of yourself and fight negative thinking.

Avoid Negative Self-Talk


When you’re feeling like you’ve failed, celebrate what you’re good at. Are you a great friend, partner, co-worker, parent, pet-lover? Remind yourself of your accomplishments.

Humans have flaws, and that’s okay. Knowing what you’re not good at can help you improve, communicate, and avoid unnecessary struggle.

Overcoming Your Flaws


Don’t forget self-care to boost your self-esteem. Does taking the time to choose your outfits the night before help you feel more put together and confident? Does reading the news help you feel more informed? Put aside time for these kinds of things.

Self-Care for Confidence


Set goals that are achievable, and then, celebrate your accomplishments. Incremental, little goals help you reach big goals one step at a time. And when you make progress, reward yourself! 

Setting Smart Goals


Compliment others. Just like giving gifts, giving genuine compliments to others will make you feel good and look for the best in the world.

Compliment Others


Go work out to boost your self-esteem. Not only will you feel and become less out of shape, but exercise also releases endorphins that make you happier and more energetic.

Working Out for Self-Esteem

Healthy Date Recipes for Date Week

It’s Date Week, which makes it the perfect time to make the most of this versatile fruit. These healthy date recipes are a great way to lighten your favorite sweet treats.

First up are easy, flavorful Orange Walnut Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates, which are the perfect party bite.

Orange Walnut Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates
Image and Recipe via The Well Floured Kitchen


Looking for a healthy breakfast perfect for your family’s sweet tooth? Try these No-Sugar Apple Cinnamon Healthy Muffins.

No-Sugar Apple Cinnamon Healthy Muffins

No Sugar Apple Cinnamon Healthy Muffins


This Easy Grain-Free Cinnamon Date Granola is perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Easy Grain Free Cinnamon Date Granola


Vegan Mini Powdered Donuts are some of the healthiest donuts you’ve ever had.

Vegan Mini Powdered Donuts


These Hemp & Pumpkin Seed Oat Bars are great for busy afternoons.

Hemp & Pumpkin Seed Oat Bars
Image and Recipe via Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen


Make Spiced Pumpkin Loaf with Dates and Pecans for a warm winter treat.

Spiced pumpkin loaf with dates and pecans


Cookie Dough Brownies you don’t have to feel guilty about are less than an hour away.

Cookie Dough Brownies Vegan, Gluten-free & Sweetened With Dates

Spring Break with Assist America

Enjoy Spring Break with Peace of Mind Thanks to Assist America

The spring break travel season has arrived! Each year, more than 65 million Americans travel for spring break, and this number continues to grow year after year.

When planning our next trip, the last thing we want to think about is the risk of getting sick or injured and whether good medical care will be available at our destination. We bask in the sun on white-sand beaches, zipline in the jungle, ski in the mountains, camp in the woods, and explore new countries. But the truth is that when getting away from it all, we are usually also away from quality health care.

This is why we offer Emergency Travel Assistance Services, provided by our partner, Assist America. The Assist America program is designed to get you to the best possible care provider in the shortest possible time.

Let’s take a look at how this program works:

A college student from North Carolina was driving to meet his friends for spring break. While jet-skiing, he got into an accident with a sailboat and suffered multiple fractures and a severe concussion. The local hospital he was admitted to at the time of the incident was not capable of appropriately treating such serious injuries. Assist America was notified and evacuated the student via private jet ambulance to an excellent facility capable of treating his injuries. Once he was in stable condition and released from the facility, Assist America arranged and paid for a first class return trip home with a medical escort.

What happened to his car? Assist America looks at all the elements involved in any case. The travel assistance company arranged and paid for an agent to drive the vehicle to the student’s home, so that it would be available to him upon his return and recovery.

As a general rule, remember that Assist America provides the following services:

  • Medical referrals
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Hospital admission assistance
  • Medical monitoring
  • Medical or non-medical escorts
  • Compassionate visit
  • Care of minor children
  • Repatriation
  • Return of mortal remains
  • Prescription assistance
  • Lost luggage assistance
  • Language assistance
  • Return of vehicle
  • Legal referrals
  • Pre-trip planning

Travel Assistance plans are not all the same, and here are the reasons why we partner with Assist America to offer the right plan that works for our members:

  • With Assist America, members will not be charged for the services provided. Assist America pays for all of the services it arranges.
  • Members can travel anywhere in the world, from the most remote places to areas at risk, Assist America has no geographical exclusions.
  • While some plans have strict exclusions for pre-existing conditions, Assist America will not exclude a member because of past or existing health issues.
  • Members can be adventurous with peace-of-mind, knowing that Assist America will be there if needed, no matter what sport or activity members do.
  • Many plans have dollar limits on how much they will pay for a service, such as a medical evacuation – Assist America does not.

Make this year’s spring break memorable by having fun and helping yourself and your family stay safe and healthy. When leaving for your spring break vacation, remember to download the free Assist America Mobile App for Android and iPhone for immediate connection with Assist America’s 24/7 Operation Center and access to a wide range of services.

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