Insurance & the Academy Awards


movie film reel and popcornWhile insurance doesn’t feature too prominently in any of this year’s Academy Award nominees, Tom Hanks does star as an insurance lawyer in Bridge of Spies. There’s a lot of competition this year so although it’s nominated in several categories, it isn’t heavily favorited on most critics’ lists.

Even when insurance doesn’t play prominently in the script, it is a vital behind-the-scenes component of any film. The Insurance Information Institute weighs in with The Role Insurance Plays in Movies. You can also see our prior post on Behind the scenes: the film industry is risky business. Speaking of risk, one film that elicited a fair amount of criticism: ‘Revenant’ Shoot Didn’t Take Crew’s Safety Issues “Seriously,” Says Union Rep. Actor and crew safety has been on the minds of many since the 2014 – see: Death on a Georgia Railroad Trestle Sparking Calls for Safety Reforms in Hollywood.

Insurance & the Movies

If you just can’t get enough of insurance-themed films, here are some suggestions:

And for those of you who’d like a deeper diver into the behind-the-scenes business of insurance, risk management & the movies, here’s a reading list:

Do your heart good: try these heart health calculators


Heart health

February is Heart Health Month and the resounding theme is that simple changes can make a big difference. The CDC suggests:

  • Schedule a visit with your doctor to talk about heart health
  • Add exercise to your daily routine
  • Cook heart-healthy meals at home at least 3 times each week and make your favorite recipe lower sodium
  • Take steps to quit smoking
  • Take medication as prescribed

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. We’ve gathered some tools – a few of them interactive – that will help you focus on heart health!

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heart attack risk

blood pressure risk

Here are a few more useful heart-health tools:

First, it’s a good idea for everyone to know how to recognize signs of heart trouble – whether for yourself or a loved one, the earlier you get help, the better: Warning signs of a heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest

Blood pressure: What do the numbers mean

Here’s a tool for tracking your blood pressure – Blood Pressure Wallet Card (PDF)

Questions to ask your doctor

More on men’s heart health and women’s heart health

Snow shoveling 101: Best shovels, best techniques


OK, New England – go find that shovel in the back of the garage and get ready for a little Snow Shoveling 101. Did you think we’d get away with little to no snow this season? Some of the region’s biggest storms on record happen in February and March. Weather.com shows that of the top 10 Boston snow accumulations, 7 occurred in these two months.

So buckle down, folks – Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow last week, so we may have a way to go until Spring. Today into tomorrow, most of central New England will get at least some snow accumulation, ranging from a dusting in the north to as much as a foot in Southern New England. And just in case you got a little rusty since last year, we have some tips, tools and techniques to get you back in shoveling shape. Even if you are a Jedi master, some of these expert tips should kick things up a notch.

First, the tools of the trade: Check out this brief clip on the 5 Best Snow Shovels from Consumer Reports.

For more thoughts on selecting the right tool, see Popular Mechanics: Which Snow Shovel Is the Best?

For technique, we point you to:

And last but not least, we love this guide from Fix.com on Clearing Snow Safely and Efficiently – it’s got some great tips and this handy infographic summary – click for larger view.


Source: Fix.com