The Importance of Sports Safety with Aflac & Heisman

Any mom with boys will tell you that it’s hard to get through a week without injuries. Since Alex started walked almost 4 years ago, we have been on a never ending journey of boo-boos, band-aids and  ice packs. When he started hockey this year, I was worried. He had never been ice skating before and in my head I saw him get on the ice, fall flat on his face and quit.

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Before he even started, we got an email from his coach with mandatory gear and optional gear. Even though it cost us a little bit more, we opted to buy everything that was recommended. When we got to the first day of hockey, we were a little overdressed. Some of the other kids came in bike helmets, and here was my little guy in full hockey gear with his helmet and cage. The minute that he got on the ice, I knew that the money we spent on his gear was worth it. My worst fear came true..he got on the ice, fell on his face, but thanks to all of his gear he was fine. He got up and kept going, but if he didn’t have all of his gear, we probably would have been on the way to the ER. And you better bet that the following week, all the kids in his class showed up with the proper gear.

Even though we avoided an accident, accidents do happen and it is better to be covered.  That’s where Aflac comes in … if someone with an Aflac supplemental insurance plan experiences a serious illness or injury, Aflac helps ease the financial stress and provides cash benefits to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses. Aflac supplemental insurance could help cover these and other expenses that may not be fully covered by your major medical insurance:

  • Broken teeth
  • Concussions
  • Ambulance, ground and air
  • Emergency room visits
  • Lacerations

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The best way to make sure that you have no out of pocket costs, is to stay safe in the first place. Aflac put together a very good list of Sport Safety tips. These are geared toward football, but I feel that they apply to any sport.

  1. Some equipment may look “optional,” but it is important to wear all necessary pads and safety gear each time you play.
  2. Follow the rules. In the heat of the moment it’s easy to forget, but there is a reason why things like tripping, pushing and unnecessary contact ate not allowed: they can be very dangerous to both you and your opponents.
  3. Listen to your body.If at any point you feel pain or discomfort while playing, notify your coach and get out of the game. While sitting on the sidelines is one of the most difficult situations a player can face, pushing through injuries increases the severity and keeps you out of action longer.
  4. Take the doctor’s orders, After experiencing a sports injury, the first question a player often asks is, “When can I play again?” The answer depends on the injury. Always listen to your doctor. Even if you can’t return right away, a doctor or physical therapist might have suggestions and advice on what you can do to stay fit and rehab the injury. It is important to always check with a doctor before attempting any activity following an injury.
  5. Make sure you’re covered. Accidents happen. When unexpected injuries happen on the football field, make sure you’re prepared with supplemental insurance to help cover out-of-pocket expenses. According to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report, 66 percent of U.S. workers could not afford the costs associated with a serious illness or injury. That’s why voluntary insurance plans are so important.

As part of their Heisman Sports Safety campaign, Aflac is hosting the Ultimate College Football Experience Sweepstakes. If you are an ultimate college football fan this #AflacSweeps is for you! Three lucky fans will win a trip for two, a pair of tickets to one of three college football games in November, a chance to meet Desmond Howard and more.

Entry Form & Official Rules URL: http://clvr.li/1xiJoTo

Three prize packages will be awarded; winners will be announced Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11.

  • CONSUMER NOTICE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Open to legal permanent residents of 50 U.S. states and DC, 21 or older, who have Internet access and valid email address prior to 08/28/14. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, click here: https://www.facebook.com/aflacduck/app_143103275748075. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. For a winner’s list (after 11/10/14), visit the Ultimate College Football Experience tab of this page or mail request to Aflac “Ultimate College Football Experience” (Specify Winner List), Media Relations, 1932 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31999. Sponsor: American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.

Find out more about Aflac on their social media: twitter and facebook.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet: #FitBlogNYC 2014

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet, better known as #FitBlogNYC.

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#FitBlogNYC is a conference hosted by Fitness Magazine that brings together bloggers, awesome brands and inspirational and influential speakers for a great day filled with fitness, learning and fun. The event was held at the Mercedes Club in Manhattan, just like last year.

We started off our rainy morning with checking in and grabbing breakfast before getting started with the seminars. Breakfast was fruit salad, vegan scones and muffins and juice from The Squeeze.

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The seminars began with a welcome from Fitness Magazine’s Editor-in-chief, Betty Wong. The first speaker was Holly Rilinger, former WNBA player and fitness trainer.

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She shared some tips for fitness success:

  • Work out smarter – not longer. Maximize the time you have and it is possible to get a good workout in 20-30 minutes if you work hard, especially using HIIT.
  • When you plan out your weekly schedule, plan your workouts like important events. You wouldn’t just skip a work meeting or interview, so why do you just skip workouts?
  • Make a dreamboard. Put the things you want to achieve in front of your face to remember what you really want.
  • Sleep is as important as your workout. If you are working out and not getting enough sleep, you might just be wasting your time.

Next up was Dr. Marci Goolsby, from the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. She spoke about how to stay healthy in the hardcore world of marathons, mus runs and crossfit.

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  • Don’t go to fast. Ease into new workout and don’t ignore aches and pains.
  • Learn the different between good pain and bad pain. Soreness and DOMS are normal, but if the pain you are feeling is causing you to limp, impairing your workouts and lingers it might be an injury.
  • Working out during pregnancy is great – it helps mommy and baby during delivery and recovery. If you already workout then continue, if you’re just starting, ease into the new exercises.

The final speaker before lunch was Carla Hall, host of the TV show The Chew. She was the speaker that I was most excited about hearing and she kept us all laughing and shared some great tips for following your dreams.

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  • You know you have found your passion when you have your ‘Aha moment’ – you are working so hard but you don’t care because you are doing what you love.
  • When trying to turn your passion into your career, work with people who are already doing it. See if you actually want to do it, don’t just quit your day job and hope for the best.
  • When it comes to cooking, don’t over think technique. Use spices to add variety to your meals. You can make chicken 15 different ways by using different blends of spices.
  • Her cooking philosophy is to cook with love. If you’re not in a good mood, the only thing you should be making is a reservation.

After hearing all the amazing speakers, we had some time to grab lunch and meet with all the different sponsors. The sponsors included Balance Bar, Dermalogica, Eddie Bauer, Hoka One OneLuna, Oster Versa, Pure Protein, Tonalin and Tria. We got to try some delicious green smoothies and protein shakes, practice our planks with Tonalin, get awesome shoes and tops from Hoka One One and Eddie Bauer and get some skincare advice from Dermologica and Tria.

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Next, we headed for lunch, which consisted of two delicious salads, a huge spread on roasted veggies, grilled chicken and apple crisp cups. It was all soo good!

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After lunch, we headed back for the last panel – My Digital Brand is My Business by Laura Sykora, Anne Mauney and Bianca Jade.

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Their biggest message was to be authentic. Very often, bloggers lose their voice when trying to monetize and make money off their blog. Be yourself, work with other bloggers, not against them.

After the panels were over, there was a run with Hoke One One, but I had to leave early because I had to pick up the little man. Instead I headed to the exit and picked up my goodie bag. All of the sponsors were ridiculously generous and we all left with bags filled to the brim with goodies. A huge, huge thank you to all the sponsors!

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I had an amazing time catching up with blogger friends and learning from some amazing women. I can’t wait until next year!

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Apple Picking in the Poconos

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For someone who loves fall, I am almost ashamed to say that this weekend I went apple picking for the first time ever. Early Sunday afternoon, we headed out to Heckman Orchards in the Poconos to pick some apples. Heckamn Orchards has a great farm stand that we visit regularly when in the Poconos, but […]

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Monday Coffee Date

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If we were to have a coffee date today, it for sure would not be at my house because it currently looks like this! Yikes! Our bathroom and kitchen are currently under construction and I cannot wait for them to be done. The bathroom is already usable, but still needs to be painted and the […]

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This Is Wholesome

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Honey Maid through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Honey Maid, all opinions are my own. If you walk down the aisles of a supermarket, I can almost guarantee that many of the foods on the shelves that is there […]

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Three Days, Three States, One Quick Vacation

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Since starting our wedding planning, we came to the conclusion that a real vacation wasn’t going to happen this year. Instead of going away somewhere for a week like we usually do, we planned a quick trip that spanned three states in three days. It was a little tiring, but we got to visit a […]

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Reebok FitHub USQ Workout

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.   If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I love myself an obstacle race. When I was given a chance to take a workout class with J2Fit at the new Reebok FitHub USQ I was ecstatic and even woke […]

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Our First Family Camping Trip

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Since Alex was born, I have wanted to make him love being outdoors and in nature. Since his first summer, I have wanted to take him camping, but being at home is hard enough with a baby, let alone in the middle of the woods. At the beginning of this summer, Alex and I were […]

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Back in the Kitchen #WIAW

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Surprise! I am actually cooking these days. Before I finished working for summer, it was almost impossible to find the time to cook anything that didn’t involve a microwave. Now that I am home, it’s a lot easier to get some good food on the table and still manage to get all of my studying […]

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Celebrating the Fourth of July

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Even though this year’s 4th of July didn’t allow for our annual pool party tradition, we still managed to have a really good time. It was great to just spend the evening drinking beers, making s’mores by the campfire and setting off fireworks without thinking about studying. How did you celebrate the 4th of July? […]

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