Ashley's Update 03.17.21

Agency Showcase: Discovery Riders
This week's feature partner agency is Discovery Riders. Located just off State Route 47, their beautiful, new facility helps support the needs of special needs riders to help with physical, emotional, and social skills. United Way of Logan County helps support scholarships for their therapeutic riding program. Discovery Riders will also start with riding lessons later this year! If you want to learn more, check out their website: https://www.discoveryriders.org/
Program Page: WIC
Having a baby is supposed to be one of the most joyous moments of your life. However, there are times when, while exciting, there is still a lot of stress leading up to and after birth. One local agency that tries to help with that burden is the WIC department at the Logan County Health Department. Tracy Davis and her staff help expectant mothers and mothers with children 0-5 help navigate some of the stressors, and offer things like breastfeeding support, immunization screening and referral and supplemental foods. If you or someone you know is pregnant or has babies in the home, check out WIC: https://loganhealth.org/wic/
Ways to Help: Connect with Counseling
One question I am frequently asked is how to get set up with counseling. There are several ways this could work for you, and it helps to know what is available. I have a list of local providers that I am able to give; it has providers in both Logan and Champaign counties, shows what types of insurance they accept, as well as listing any specialties or areas of focus they may have. Another thing to do is check with your insurance provider to see what they cover. Some providers even have partnerships with counseling services and can assist you in getting started. Several of the workplaces have also added a counseling service to their benefits package, check in with your HR department to see if you would qualify.
Like I have said before, this past year (and so far this year), life has been tough. There has been a lot more anxiety, depression, and manifestations of other mental health issues. Don't suffer alone. Don't try to just figure it out yourself. If you need help, there is NO SHAME in asking for it. Every human you know has needed help at one point or another; some utilize the courage to ask for help. If you would like to talk more about local options or how to get connected to a counselor, let's talk.
Mental Health: Take Care of Your Body
This week is about taking care of your body. What you put in fuels you, and healthy, fresh foods and lots of water is the best fuel you can put in. Don't get me wrong, I love cake, candy, and sugary lattes as much as the next person. But personally speaking, I feel SO MUCH BETTER when I hit my water goals and eat cleanly. I have more energy and feel less tired, and my overall mood is better as well. While those other foods taste great, they are a short term fix. If you feel like jumping into all things healthy at once is overwhelming, pick one thing, do it for a few weeks, and then add something else. For example, start trying to get your 8 8 oz servings (or more if you so choose) of water in. There are so many apps you can use to track your intake, and they remind you to drink your water throughout the day. Once you are in a good place with that, add in exercising a few times a week. You can keep building from there, and before you know it, you will start seeing and feeling the benefits. Take care of your body, you only get one.
Quest United Money Market Account
Our partners at Quest Federal Credit Union have offered a special money market account for Live United @ Work employees! Normally, to get the higher interest rate, money market accounts require a higher minimum balance. For Quest, this is typically around $500. However, for LU@W employees, this minimum has been dropped to $100. So once you have $100 sitting in your account, you earn interest at a higher rate. This account is fed the same way the savings account in the loan program is: it comes straight from your paycheck each week. You can set the amount you want direct deposited into the account, and it goes directly to Quest. Not a Quest member? No problem! They will help you get signed up. These money market accounts are a great way to save for things like vacation, a new vehicle, or your rainy day fund. If you would like to sign up, let's meet and get you set up!
While Ashley is currently not on site at Mary Rutan, you can still utilize Live United @ Work! You are able to schedule a virtual meeting through Jan Knight for 10AM-Noon on Wednesdays, or you can call or text Ashley at 937-935-9509 or email at ashley@uwlogan.org. You can also find a quick link on Mary Rutan's intranet portal. 
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