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AWB's HealthChoice plan includes access to meQuilibrium, a personalized resilience-building program

Through the AWB HealthChoice plan not only does your company get exceptional medical benefits, the plan also includes benefits that can help empower employees so that they can be their best. At no extra cost, all HealthChoice plans include access to meQuilibrium, a personalized resilience building program designed to help people tap into their most powerful selves by addressing unique thinking styles — the ones that help and the ones that hold you back from feeling good and living with purpose.

The meQuilibrium program is unique in that it goes beyond just providing tips to reduce stress but concentrates on helping you:

  • Achieve balance and calm
  • Improve your sleep
  • Feel more focused and think clearly
  • Shift pessimistic thinking and feel better about what’s ahead
  • Conquer the chaos of life’s demands

The program is completely private and confidential.

meQuilibrium is designed to fit into a busy lifestyle and includes an assessment, short videos and interactive tools that can be done at your own pace—even when you have just 5 minutes!

You can access the program anytime on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Your personalized program was created on the basis of over 20 years of research in positive psychology, resilience training and integrative medicine spearheaded by psychologist Dr. Andrew Shatté, Ph. D. and Dr. Adam Perlman, M.D.

You can access meQuilibrium by going to and following the simple steps to register. If you have any questions, please call Helen Siggins at 206-397-4615, ext. 1.

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Last-Minute Legislating

Spin Control: Doing the budget the way it's always done doesn't make it the best way

By Jim Camden

Legislators are apt to defend their budget process as "this is the way it's always done." If that was a good reason, one might think we would still be hanging horse thieves, placing miscreants in the stocks and throwing debtors into prison for not paying bills, or doing any number of imperfect things we've stopped doing.

In truth, the "always done" defense is only applied by people who do it that way because it suits them.

It suits legislative leaders to hold on to the budget until the very end of the session to have some leverage over hard-to-handle lawmakers. It suits budget writers from each chamber to sequester themselves somewhere away from the madding crowd of colleagues and lobbyists to avoid being pestered for everyone's favorite six-, seven-, or eight-figure project. And then there's always that familiar refrain that negotiators can't speak freely if discussions are in the open, because they might be criticized for suggesting something that doesn't sit well with the folks back home, even if it does break a logjam that leads to the deal.

This process keeps the people and businesses who will pay for all the programs and salaries out of the loop for most of the key decision points...

Read the full column in The Spokesman-Review
Talent and Capital

The Seattle-area economy punches above its weight -- and that's a huge strength

By Jon Talton, The Seattle Times

Newcomers -- and there are many -- might think that the Puget Sound region's economy is so hot because of two Big Tech headquarters, along with the "legacy" power of Boeing.

It's understandable. Amazon and Microsoft are two of the five giants that make up America's technology royalty (Apple, Facebook and Google are in the Bay Area). We're on the cutting edge of software, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and so much more.

Boeing's operations, especially commercial airliners, anchor one of the world's top aerospace clusters (the other being Airbus in Toulouse, France). The company is not only the nation's largest manufacturing exporter, but also, especially with its defense divisions, a strategic asset.

Together, the three employ about 166,000 here in well-paid, high-skilled jobs. Boeing is Washington's largest private employer, with a workforce of 69,830 as of February.

It's hard to think of another similar-sized metropolitan area in the United States with anything close.

But this is only a start in explaining why Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue enjoys one of the strongest economies in the nation. How strong? Per capita gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation, was nearly $81,000 in 2017. That compares with $61,000 in San Diego and $63,000 in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Larger Phoenix lagged in at $45,000...

Read the full column in The Seattle Times
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