Exercising at Work? Ways to Stay Active and Healthy

by Terri Mooney-Hooker, Administrative Coordinator

Our Wellness Committee at MAX hosted a fantastic lunch and learn event where team members discovered we could perform stretching and strengthening exercises in the office.  While most of us do not feel like we have time to “workout” at work, we actually can take a few moments throughout the day to stretch and renew. It’s so important to stay active in order to stay healthy.

What if you could get a little strength workout and stretching at your desk while you work? If you stare at a computer screen, as most of us do these days, try keeping your head straight, your neck still, shoulders relaxed, and with just your eyes – look left, look right, look down, look up. Do this several times. Believe it or not, your eyes need to “stretch” too.

If you do a lot of typing, and feel your wrists get stiff – try bending your wrist down, then apply a light tension to the top of your hand. You can also stretch your arms out in front of you with your palms facing up. Apply slight tension downward on your fingers; slowly and very slightly until you feel a tug.

There are other ways you can work in movement to your day by just parking your car a little further away or taking the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Try walking over to someone, rather than calling their extension if you need to talk with them. And if you can get a quick walk in during your break or lunch – just do it!

Source:  Exercises provided by Stretch and Strengthen at Work by Cigna.

HeadshotAbout Terri

Terri is the Administrative Coordinator at MAX. She performs all administrative duties, and helps out in other areas of the company when needed. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, two cats, her extended family and friends. She is huge movie goer and an avid animal lover.

Why Should You Choose to Receive Your Insurance Policy Documents Electronically?

by Deana Richardson, Regional Sales Manager

It’s 2017 and going paperless is everywhere.  Why not choose electronic policy delivery for your insurance policy too?  Here are some reasons why you can opt in for electronic policy delivery at MAX:

  • Lessen the clutter of paper in your home.
  • Print only what you need.
  • Log in any time of day, 24/7, to the MAX Member Care Center for access to all of your policy information.
  • Access your new policy immediately vs. waiting for the paper policy to arrive via snail mail.

Have we convinced you yet to opt-in for electronic policy delivery?  Reducing not only paper use, but also printing costs, is a win-win for MAX and our carbon footprint.  Create your account today.  Thanks for being a member of MAX!

About DeanaDeana

Deana Richardson is the Sales Manager for Virginia, West Virginia and the state of Montana. She has been with MAX over 4 years and has 24 years of experience in the Insurance Industry.

She is also the Music Director / Praise and Worship Leader where she attends church and is very active in her community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, fishing and traveling. She feels that her greatest success in life has been raising two wonderful sons. Deana is looking very forward to Summer and the excitement of pulling that camper out of the driveway.

MAX Mindfulness: Personality is Not Heart

by Dave Wine, President & CEO

Instead of a mindful practice today, let me share something you might want to be ‘more mindful of’ in your life with others.  Here it is:  Personality is not Heart!  Or you could, instead of heart, insert the words soul, inner being, spirit and get the same sense of what I’m writing about today.

Each of us has a very distinct and unique personality.  Some of us are warm and others cool. Some outgoing, others reserved.  Some smiling and outwardly happy, others more reflective.   And our personality, being what it is, is attracted (and sometimes repelled) by other personalities.  Without mindful attention, it can be pretty easy at times to dismiss or judge others based on their personalities (which again our own personality aligns with or not) and not on who they really are as persons.  If we are naturally upbeat, happy, enthusiastic, etc. we will likely be attracted to personalities that feed those aspects of ourselves.  And when other personalities don’t match or feed our own personality, we can judge them harshly as persons without even taking the time to understand what it is that is causing us to react the way we are. “That person is too flippant.”  “That person is not a deep thinker.”  “That person should be happier.”  “That person needs to loosen up.” “I don’t like that person because…”.  And on and on it goes.

Personality is only one aspect of us.  More important than personality is who we are authentically as persons.  That is a heart or inner issue.  We might be all happy, bubbly and a person people like to be around, but our heart condition may not match our outward condition.  Or we might be quiet, reserved and even come across to others as ‘a bit cool’ but our heart might be warm, affectionate, and supportive.  Again, the key is to be mindful enough, and take the time, to appreciate each personality for who it is and its uniqueness, and remind ourselves that personality is not necessarily reflective of a person’s heart and soul.  Heart and soul are discovered in getting to know a person, not in quick judgments.  Yet far too many relationships are formed with those quick judgments in our world and in our workplaces today.

From one unique personality,


Dave WineDavid Wine

David is the President and CEO of the MAX enterprise, having served in that capacity since its formation in 2001.   He has forty plus years of  leadership experience in the business and faith-based worlds, being an ordained minister, having been elected to the highest position in his denomination,  and receiving numerous awards and recognition for his leadership in the insurance industry. He currently serves on numerous boards in the church and insurance sectors.  His hobbies include hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing as well as being an avid reader.  David and his wife, Sharon, have three daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.