Visit Red Cross or AABB for where you can go to donate today!
Give back to your community and help save lives by donating blood. Every January is celebrated as National Blood Donor Month as a way to spread the importance of donations. If you are in a position to donate blood, we encourage you to participate at your local blood drive.
Visit Red Cross or AABB for where you can go to donate today!
As the new year kicks into gear, it is important that you maintain health insurance coverage. Healthcare in the US can be expensive and it is good to consider this as your safety net in case of any unforeseen medical issues.
We encourage you to maintain your health insurance coverage with ISO and if your coverage has ended, to enroll as soon as possible.
2019 is the Year of the Pig! As many prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Spring Festival), here are some interesting tidbits about this much cherished time of year.
Jiātíng| Gia đình | Keluarga | Family: This is the time when many reunite with family and loved ones. Since the celebration usually last for 15 days, many take this time to visit family to welcome the new year.
Things you should not do
Dumplings for you & dumplings for me
As part of the celebration, dumplings should be eaten everyday with every meal. It is believed that they bring you wealth.
Each year has an assigned zodiac sign which is an animal. The sign represents the whole year and not just the month. It is considered to be bad luck if your zodiac year is being celebrated and it’s recommended that you include red into your wardrobe. The positive side is that if you were born under the Year of the Pig, you are considered to be energetic, realistic and have an overall good personality.
Red envelopes & lanterns
Children receive special red envelopes with cash as gifts for the new year. It is a way of passing on blessings and good luck. Each Lunar New Year ends with the Spring Lantern Festival.
It’s the final chapter of 2018 and as we slowly bring this year to a close, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation for you, our members. We look forward to continue serving you and be the trusted experience that is always on your side.
We hope that the holidays are filled with joy and laughter and that the new year brings you happiest and success.
Thank you and Best Health for the New Year!
Every end of the year, we make promises for the new year and we cross our fingers that we will follow through. Most of the time, we stick with it for a time and if we are lucky, some of us stick through it for the entire year or longer.
So if you are the type to plan ahead or just to live in the moment, we hope that whatever you decide on, that you get through the year with a healthier mind and body.
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It’s that time of year when we loosen up our belt buckles and our “little break” from the gym gets extended. While the holidays is a perfect excuse to indulge in sweets and guilty treats, here are some tips to help with that
Thank you, sweat: Start your day off with a little exercise that will leave you feeling more energized during the day.
Eenie, Meenie, Miney, No: Now is a great time to pick, choose and refuse what you place on your plate. Self-control is now your best friend.
To eat or not to eat? That’s the question: Moderation is also your other best friend. It’s okay to have a little of your favorite dessert or foods, but the most effective part is knowing when to balance that into your diet.
Winter WATER-land: Even though it’s cold outside, your body needs to always stay hydrated. It helps with your digestion and calorie control. So whether it’s glasses of water or more water based foods, time to boost your water level.
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It’s that time of year when many of us are packing up and heading home for winter break. For some international students, this is not the case and, instead, they spend the holidays in the US. If you will be spending the holidays here, keep in mind that our plans offer nationwide coverage if you decide to travel to a different state.
If you need to find a medical provider while you are in a different state, remember to always check out our two PPO networks – FirstHealth & Multiplan for more information.
We always remember to work on our physical appearance and our diet but how often do we remember to take care of our mental health? Attending classes and keeping up with your studies and the other stresses of life can put a strain on our minds. Here are a few tips on what you can do protect or improve your mental health.
Slow down: While it is easier said than done, sometimes we need to take a step back, breathe and be in the moment. Allow your mind to be at ease and lessen tension.
‘Tis the season to be jolly: Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this time of the year is all about being grateful and being happy for every positive thing in your life. Bask in your achievements, be humbled by your opportunities, laugh in your happy moments and be grateful you have made it this far.
Disconnect: Heads bent, thumbing away on your phone checking your social media feeds has become our easy way of connecting. Too much social media can be stressful as we sometimes start comparing ourselves to others’ achievements and that is a recipe for feeling down. We question our achievements and start to self-doubt. When you find yourself doing this, put down your phone and step away from your social media. Even if it is for an hour or more, it isn’t worth the added stress.
Let’s talk about…: One of the most underappreciated resources on- campus is the wellness and counselling center. If you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, speak to someone about it. Whether it is your family, close friend or the counselling center, just speak to someone so you can feel better.
- While we technically Thanksgiving is a one day celebration, the first Thanksgiving was a three day celebration.
- Most of us grew up on the nursery rhyme “ Mary Had A Little Lamb”. Well, the woman behind this song (Sarah Josepha Hale) convinced President Lincoln to make it a holiday.
- Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade started out with zoo animals instead of the balloons
- There are 4 places in the US named after “Turkey”. Gobble gobble.