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Celebrating No-Shave November

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Ditch the Razors in Honor of No-Shave November

It’s that hair-raising time of year again – and we’re not talking about Halloween!

If you’re interested in participating in No-Shave November, here’s to do:

  • Let your facial hair grow out – that means no shaving, trimming, or grooming for 30 days. Ladies, you can get involved by growing out your leg hair!
  • The idea here is cancer patients lose their hair during treatment, so growing hair brings attention to their challenges.
  • Get friends, family, and co-workers involved in the cause.
  • Make an effort to speak to others about your facial hair and raise even more awareness.
  • Donate the money that you would have spent on shaving and grooming this month to cancer charities.
  • Need more info? Head on over to the No-Shave November website!

Are you getting involved? Let us know! For all of your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact the team at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers today.

 

Tips to Get Your Business Ready for Small Business Saturday

Tips to Get Your Business Ready for Small Business SaturdayYour Checklist for Small Business Saturday 

Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is dedicated to supporting small and local businesses across the nation. American Express first launched this event to inspire consumers to shop small, helping their local community to thrive. Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is an ideal time for people to get their holiday gifts! If you’re going to be opening your small business on Small Business Saturday, check out these ways to prepare it.

Prepare your storefront. Get your customers excited about coming into your store by decorating it for the holidays. Create a festive window display and list some appealing deals on the door. Furthermore, you’ll need to ensure that the walkways are clear of debris and objects, and that there is plenty of room to move in the store. You don’t want any accidents to happen on this day!

Get the word out. Start spreading the word that you’ll be open for business on this day. Communicate often to customers and your community through social media, email newsletters, and your website. Ask your customers to tag their location while shopping in your store or asking them to share your business to their online network.

Talk to your team. While you may relish in the thought of hundreds of customers coming into your store, your employees may not share the same enthusiasm. Such a busy event will mean they will need to work hard to stay calm, polite, and knowledgeable in order to create a memorable shopping experience for guests. Talk to your team now to get them excited (offer a reward or incentive), and ensure they know plenty about the products/services.

While this is a big event to prepare for, ensure you have adequate insurance that will protect you through it all. When you need help finding the right business insurance coverage for your needs, visit Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers today to get started!

Healthy Habits to Adopt This Year

Healthy Habits to Adopt This Year

Improve Your Health and Happiness with These Tips 

With the New Year in full swing, many of us have made the commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Fulfilling this commitment doesn’t have to be stressful or boring. In fact, little healthy habits can go a long way when it comes to our mental and physical health. So that you make this year the best yet, check out these healthy habits to adopt.

Get Moving

If it’s not on your list already, be sure to add it! We all know the benefits of regular exercise, but our routines outside of the gym can have just as much benefit. Simply find ways to move more in your daily lifestyle. Walk to your colleague’s desk instead of sending an email, park your car further away from the store, and take the stairs instead of the elevator. Just a few minutes of movement each day can have a lasting effect on your health.

Pay Attention to Your Posture

This one is especially important for those of us who have spent a majority of our lives sitting behind our desks. It’s important that we focus on having better posture if we want to avoid chronic pain. Be mindful when you’re sitting or standing that you’re not slouched, your shoulders are back, and your back is straight.

Drink More Water

The human body is made up of around 60 percent fluid – playing a huge role in the body’s daily functions, such as digestion, circulation, and the regulation of body temperature. We should all consistently drink enough water throughout the day to ensure our body doesn’t get dehydrated.

Eat Right

Instead of loading up on processed meats, cheeses, junk food, sugar, and salt, switch to fresh fruit and vegetables. Once you are in a habit of eating more plants, your taste buds won’t be craving sugary and salty foods!

Take Time for Yourself

We spend the majority of the time in our busy lives focusing on our jobs, bills, spouses, children, and more. Challenge yourself to take some time each week for just yourself. Whether you go for a drive, read a new book, or get a massage, you’ll be surprised at how uplifted and recharged you feel!

How are you making changes for the better this year?  To fully protect your financial future with the right insurance policies, contact the team at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers.

Easy Ways to Combat Sitting All Day

Easy Ways to Combat Sitting All Day

Avoid Sitting Down All Day

If you work at a desk, you may find that sitting down all day can wreak havoc on your body. Whether it’s lower back pain, wrist pain, a really tight neck, or a lack of mobility, when we spend all day at a desk to pay the bills, our bodies often get stuck picking up the tab. With the dangers of sitting down all day hitting the news, it’s important that you take a stand for your health – a few times a day!

Set Up Your Workplace to Succeed

If you work at a desk job, you probably spend more time at your desk than you do at anything else. While desk jobs may not seem physically taxing, they can certainly cause physical problems. Ensure that your chair is at the proper height, your computer is at eye level, and your back is straight.

Sit on a Stability Ball

Sitting on a stability ball, instead of an office chair, can be an easy way to increase activity. To sit balanced on the ball, you must engage your core muscles.

Stretch Often

Sitting down can wear on your hips and spine. Set a reminder for a couple of times a day to get up and stretch. Reach up and then bend at the hips to touch the floor. Lunges and shoulder rolls are also good stretches to perform to open up tight tips and tense shoulders.

Take a Stand

Standing desks keep employees on their feet, instead of planted in their chairs. Even if your office doesn’t have a standing desk, all you need is a stable box placed on top of the desk in order to stand and work. Take a phone call standing and walk around the office. If possible, opt for a treadmill desk that will keep you moving while working!

Walk More

An easy way to include more activity in the workday is by walking. Suggest walking meetings instead of sitting in the conference room. Instead of sending a colleague an email, get up and walk over to their desk. Take the stairs instead of the escalator. Getting active doesn’t have to be big – but it should happen often.

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Protecting Your Thanksgiving Holiday with These Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Home Safety Tips

Have a safe holiday with these Thanksgiving home safety tips.

Thanksgiving is almost here (a week away!) and, if you’re hosting, then you may already have some food in stock and the fine china pulled out. Thanksgiving Day is a time to give thanks for all of the blessings in your life, as well as spending quality time with family. However, as you prepare for the big meal, ensure that your holiday runs smoothly without any home mishaps.

Check out these Thanksgiving home safety tips so that you can enjoy the day!

Keep Pets and Children Out of the Kitchen

Both kids and pets are curious creatures. However, with so many kitchen dangers, it’s best that they say out of this area on Thanksgiving. From hot liquids to sharp tools, there is a lot of possibility for serious injury. As an extra safety precaution, keep dangerous items out of reach, just in case prying hands or paws make it into the kitchen.

Practice Fire Safety

With hot stoves and ovens, there’s an increased risk of fire. Ensure that you take the necessary precautions to reduce your risk for a kitchen blaze, such as not wearing loose clothing while cooking, never leaving the oven and stovetop unattended, and keeping candles out of reach of children. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand for added safety.

Leave Your Home Safe

If you’re heading out of town for the weekend, remember to lock all of the doors and windows before you go and leave lights on a timer to make it look like you’re home. Avoid leaving messages on your phone answering machine that lets callers know you’ll be away, and remove the key that’s hiding under the plant pot – you’re not fooling anyone with that hiding place.

Ensure that your holiday runs smoothly. Take extra safety precautions, and invest in the right homeowners insurance. Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers has you covered. Contact us for all your personal and commercial insurance needs.

It’s American Diabetes Month! Here’s What You Should Know

It’s American Diabetes Month! Here’s What You Should Know

November is American Diabetes Month. How are you getting involved? 

Currently, in the United States, 29.1 million people have diabetes, with a further 86 million being pre-diabetic. As one of the nation’s top killers, diabetes is a serious disease that can affect anyone. As November is American Diabetes Month, this gives you the opportunity to read up on the facts of this disease, how you can prevent it, and how you can support those suffering from it.

Type 1 diabetes means that the body is failing to produce insulin. Five to ten percent of diabetes patient have this type, and it is usually diagnosed during childhood, but it can develop at any age. There is no known way to prevent it.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type, and it occurs when insulin is being produced, but the body isn’t using it naturally. This, again, can develop at any age and most cases can be prevented.

There are certain risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including:

  • Being overweight
  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)

Diabetes prevention is as basic as eating a healthy diet and becoming more physically active. Remember that it’s never too late to start! Here are some ways to get started:

  • Get more physical activity
  • Get plenty of fiber
  • Opt for whole grains
  • Lose extra weight
  • Reduce your consumption of meat, dairy, and processed foods.
  • Aim to eat wholesome foods complete with fruits and vegetables.

If you have diabetes or know someone who does, you can help to manage the condition by working with a health professional, eating healthy, and staying active.

We can use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risks factors and encourage people to make healthy changes! Get involved by:

  • Tweeting about American Diabetes Month
  • Hosting a community event where families can be active while learning about local health resources.
  • Joining the American Diabetes Association in celebrating American Diabetes Month!

Most people equate November with Thanksgiving – and that usually means spending time with loved ones over a feast of food. If you or a loved one has diabetes or is at a high risk for the disease, this should be a reminder to eat slowly, don’t pile up on the pumpkin pie, and get some exercise in over the long weekend.

Most people equate November with Thanksgiving – and that usually means spending time with loved ones over a feast of food. If you or a loved one has diabetes or is at a high risk for the disease, this should be a reminder to eat slowly, don’t pile up on the pumpkin pie, and get some exercise in over the long weekend.

 

So that you can focus on your family and health, let the professionals take care of your insurance policies. Contact Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers to learn about suitable coverage for your needs.

Natural Ways to Boost Energy

Natural Ways to Boost Energy

Skip the extra caffeine and try these natural ways to boost energy instead.

Do you find yourself feeling sluggish mid-afternoon? Perhaps you struggle to stay alert throughout the day? You may just be plain exhausted. If so, it’s time for a change. Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee or downing a chemical-filled energy drink, try these natural ways to boost energy!

Drink 2 liters of water every day. Our bodies are mostly water, and we need to replenish them with clean, fresh water. Drinking enough H20 is important to flush out toxins and stimulate our brain to function properly.

Avoid processed sugars and sweeteners. Both of these take a lot of processing by our system, which in turn takes away our energy. Bear in mind that it’s impossible to cut out all sugars. Fruits and vegetables contain naturally occurring sugars, and we don’t need to limit our intake there. However, choose to avoid processed and artificial sugar.

Exercise daily. There’s little that exercise can’t help us do! Simply walking more often and engaging in gentle exercise can help us to instantly feel more awake!

Increase your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Today, we’re constantly being told what not to eat. However, this is not the case when it comes to fruits and vegetables. We are biologically designed to eat fruits and vegetables, and we need the enzymes and fiber to keep our systems working well. Increasing the amount of raw food also makes a big difference to your energy.

Get better quality sleep. Spending your nights tossing and turning can make you feel tired the next day. Be sure that you’re getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night, as an adult. If you struggle to sleep, limit your caffeine after 3:00 p.m., and write down what is on your mind before you go to sleep.

Look after your mind. The mind is a major player in how we feel and our energy levels. Try meditating for 10 minutes every day, or do yoga once a week. Be sure to do one thing every day that you enjoy doing!

Before you reach for coffee, try these natural solutions first! While you focus on bettering your health, let the insurance professionals handle your insurance policies. Contact Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers to learn about suitable coverage for your needs!

Grilling Season is Here: Barbecue Safety Tips

Barbecue Safety Tips

General do’s and don’ts for barbecue safety tips.

The summer season is almost here, and that means making the most of the fine weather. The longer nights, brighter days, and warmer weather brings everyone out into the sun, particularly when there’s a feast! Before you get your grill out for the season, be sure to review these barbecue safety tips!

General:

  • Don’t ever cook if you’re affected by alcohol or prescription drugs.
  • Never leave barbecues unattended.
  • Set it up on level ground, away from bushes, fences, tents, and other structures. Do not set it up underneath hanging tree branches or right by the home itself.
  • Leave plenty of room around your barbecue, so you don’t have to squeeze past it.
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby in case of emergencies.
  • Never take a barbecue of any kind into a tent or awning. The carbon monoxide it gives off could kill you.
  • Be aware that cooking fatty foods can cause the barbecue to flare up.
  • Keep pets and children away from the grill at all times.
  • Dispose of the ashes once they have cooled completely!

For gas barbecues:

  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder. Do so in the open air or a well-ventilated place.
  • When you’ve finished cooking, turn off the gas cylinders before you turn off the barbecue controls. This will use up any gas in the pipeline.
  • If you suspect a leak to the gas cylinder or pipe work, brush soapy water around all joints and watch for bubbles. If you find a leaking joint, tighten it gently.
  • Store gas cylinders outside, away from frost and direct sunlight.

Part of what keeps your home safe through barbecue season is securing reliable home insurance. Talk to the professional team at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers to determine the right homeowners insurance policy to suit your needs through summer and beyond!

Six Ways You Can Help Save the Planet on Earth Day

Earth Day

These daily habits can help to heal the earth for Earth Day.

As Chief Seattle once famously said, ‘The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.” The only reason we are allowed to be here is because of this planet – our Mother Earth. Unfortunately, the human race hasn’t always been kind to the planet. We use fossil fuel resources, release toxic fumes into the atmosphere, have caused shifts in the environment, and are wiping a huge number of species from the face of the earth. On Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017, be sure that you adopt some green lifestyle choices to celebrate the planet that we live on.

Drive less: Cut down on your commutes by biking to work or carpooling. Think twice before you get in the car, and use public transport to switch things up!

Plant a tree: As a popular Earth Day activity, it’s wise to plant a tree! They are the lungs of the earth, and humans are continually knocking them down for cattle grazing. Trees help to filter pollution from the air, provide homes for wildlife, recycle water, and prevent soil loss.

Unplug appliances: The typical American has 40 household appliances plugged in at any one moment. Even when turned off, they still gobble up energy, costing you money and consuming precious resources. Decrease the energy consumption by unplugging these devices when not in use.

Reduce plastic waste: Plastic that doesn’t end up in landfills or recycling centers ends up in the ocean. Causing a huge disturbance to marine wildlife and mammals, this plastic harms our oceans and animals. Skip the bottled water by taking your own reusable one, say no to straws, recycle what you can, and don’t use plastic bags at stores.

Go vegan: Have vegan and vegetarian days to cut down on your intake of meat and dairy products. Every day, a vegan saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forests, 20 lbs. of CO2, and the life of one animal. Not only does it benefit your health, but it helps to save the earth and animals!

Plant your food: In a world dominated by cruel factory farms, harmful pesticides, and exotic foods flying thousands of miles, it’s wise to grow your own plants for food. It’s kinder to your wallet, waistline, and planet!

Earth Day is just the beginning! Commit to bettering the environment from here on out.

Going green reduces your carbon footprint while increasing what’s in your wallet! Fully protect your financial future with the right insurance policies by contacting the team at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers, serving Camarillo and neighboring cities in California.

Top Superfoods That Fight Colds

Try these immune-boosting superfoods that fight colds when you feel the sniffles coming one.

The old adage ‘prevention is the best medicine’ is especially true during cold and flu season. By ‘prevention’, we mean fuelling your body with the right nutrition and vitamins to keep colds and flu at bay. While we’re feeling run down, it’s important to reach for the right foods. After all, what we put into our bodies directly affects our health. To boost your immune system, check out these superfoods that fight colds!

Green Tea – As if you needed a reason to drink this green (but delicious!) drink! Green tea is loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants as well as antiviral and antibacterial properties that help fight colds. In particular, a group of antioxidants known as catechins have been shown to inhibit the activity of the common cold virus as well as certain influenza viruses.

Garlic – Garlic is well known for its strong antiviral and antibacterial properties. It has been used for many centuries to fight the common cold as well as the many symptoms that come along with it. It contains allicin, a sulphuric compound that produces potent antioxidants, ideal for immune-boosting!

Blueberries – These little blue beauties are packed with quercetin, which helps to reduce the likelihood of getting a cold. Plus, they’re packed with antioxidants, and we don’t need to go on about how amazing these are for the body!

Mushrooms – In traditional Chinese medicine, mushrooms are often used to fight the common cold and other types of viral infections. Mushrooms increase the production of cytokines, which in turn, help to fight off infections. Plus, mushrooms contain polysaccharides that support the immune system. To fight a cold off, your best choices of mushrooms are the white button, Portobello, shiitake, and maitake.

Before you reach for the medicine cabinet this season, try these superfoods first! While you focus on bettering your health and keeping colds at bay, let the insurance professionals handle your insurance policies. Contact Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers to learn about suitable coverage for your needs!