by no means is this any sort of political post, but i would like to praise my company for a minute for providing excellent health insurance. it seems like all we hear are people complaining about how terribly expensive healthcare is and no one is grateful. even the millions of people in our country who get free health insurance are not grateful (okay i really promise this is not going to be a political post, but james' experiences as an emt and at the hospital are sometimes frustrating to hear). anyway, today i salute you, hr of our company, for doing a fine job helping our employees have affordable insurance.
even though our deductible is fairly high, our work sets aside a geneourous HRA fund every year. this money rolls over if not used in its entirety and is funded solely by our employer. james and i used this money to pay for most of parker's birth expenses and it was a huge blessing.
also, our work rewards people for making healthy lifestyle choices. this is something i am very adamant about and am thankful for as well. in two weeks, our office will undergo a voluntary "screening" that tests cholesterol, blood sugar, bmi/waistline, blood pressure and asks if we are tobacco-users. depending on the scores, we receive a monthly discount for living a healthly lifestyle. it does not hurt the people who are unhealthy, but rewards those who are not as likely to be a big financial health expense to the company. granted there are factors and situations that make it more difficult than others to achieve certain bmi levels or whatnot, but overall, i think there is such a lack of personal responsibility for being healthy and it is encouraging to see rewards for valuing health.
i weigh more than i want to right now. my bmi is probably higher than i want it to be (i haven't had it tested for a while). yet there is no one but myself to blame for my current situation. sometimes i tell myself that if i didn't have a kid i would still be in the same shape i was 3 years ago (and i more than likely would as i love to workout), but at the same time, several of my neighbors go running every morning at 6am and if i was really motivated to lose the 13 pounds i've added since we got married, i would get up early to run. here's to hoping the screening still goes well... :). love yall.