Seattle Times Honors 20 Years of Hike-a-Thon (and the ALLtech Team Captain!)

In The Seattle Times article Washington Trails Association kicks off 20th Hike-a-Thon fundraiser, the captain for the ALLtech Benefits Hike-a-Thon team is among five participants recognized for giving back.

Mai Ling Slaughter, who first joined the ALLtech team in 2019 and has been leading it since 2020, shares her favorite hikes as Snoqualmie Tunnel on the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail and Kingfisher Natural Area at Thornton Creek. The article continues:

Born and raised in Washington, Mai Ling Slaughter says she was probably strapped to her dad’s back for her first hike. She has fond childhood memories of hiking in the Sunrise area at Mount Rainier and Flaming Geyser State Park, north of Enumclaw. In 2019, she learned about Hike-a-Thon and joined the cause, sporting her HaT T-shirt through Canada’s Jasper and Banff national parks. She started leading a team with co-workers, and for the past three Hike-a-Thons, her group has raised the most money for a company team. Slaughter found particular comfort in the outdoors during the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Hike-a-Thon gave me an excuse to plan hikes with friends, since being outdoors was one of the only things we could do anyway,” she said. At the time, Slaughter and her friends explored local parks and trails, which “really opened my eyes even more to the beauty that surrounds us throughout Washington.”

To read more about the other participants and about Hike-a-Thon, check out the article Washington Trails Association kicks off 20th Hike-a-Thon fundraiser.

Virtual Care in Just 3 Easy Steps for ALLtech Members

Have you signed up for virtual care so it’s available for you when you need it most? At just $0 co-pay on most medical plans through ALLtech, it’s a choice that can save you money and time, offering access to doctors, counselors, psychiatrists or dermatologists at your convenience by phone, video or mobile app.

Watch the above video to find out just how easy it is to for ALLtech members to access their MDLIVE virtual care benefit, which includes:

Primary Care

Consult with a board-certified doctor who will diagnose and treat non-emergency medical conditions, prescribe medications and send prescriptions to your pharmacy. Some common ailments that can be treated include cold/flu, allergies and headaches. For a detailed list, view our Welcome to MDLIVE flyer.

Behavioral Health Care

Through ALLtech, members can talk to a licensed counselor or psychiatrist from their home, office or on the go, to treat issues such as stress, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, and more. The confidential, convenient online therapy is available 24/7 via the MDLIVE app. To learn more, download the MDLIVE Behavioral Health flyer.


ALLtech members have 24/7 access to a network of leading, board-certified dermatologists who can diagnose and treat more than 3,000 skin, hair and nail conditions online. A visit takes less than 10 minutes to complete, compared to waiting days, weeks or even months to visit with a dermatologist in-person. See our post Virtual Dermatology Visits Now Available Through ALLtech to learn more, or visit the MDLIVE Dermatology page.

Substance Use Disorder

MDLIVE partners with Boulder Care to offer a unique virtual care model that provides access 24/7 to substance use disorder treatment. Learn more in our article ALLtech Addresses Substance Use Disorder with Unique Virtual Care Model or visit Boulder.Care/Regence.

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Mount Shuksan

Close Out Hike-a-Thon 2022 with Stunning Views from Lake Ann

As the final weekend of Hike-a-Thon kicks off, ALLtech would like to give an early thank you to its amazing team and many donors who are all working together to help ensure there are trails for everyone, forever.

Since 2019, ALLtech has been participating in the annual Hike-a-Thon fundraiser each August to support the Washington Trails Association and its belief that connecting with nature is critical to everyone’s mental and physical health.

Join the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team graphicTogether with GeekWire — the exclusive partner for ALLtech’s unique employee benefits program — we are again hitting the trails all month long as the ALLtech team.

Among some of our more beloved hikes is the above video recommendation from ALLtech Trustee Ken Myer to head to Lake Ann in the North Cascades.

“You’ll get an absolutely stunning view of Mount Shuksan,” Ken says about the 8.2-mile hike, which he also explains starts with a downgrade and ends with an upgrade.

For more specific directions and other tips, check out the Lake Ann hiking guide from the Washington Trails Association, where you can also view recent trip reports and more information to prepare for your hike.

Join or Donate to the ALLtech Hike-a-Thon Team

Even though Hike-a-Thon officially ends on August 31, you can join or donate anytime until then, and you have until September 7 to complete your mileage log. For more information or to register, visit the Hike-a-Thon website and check out their resources including the Hike-a-Thon Toolkit and FAQ.

More importantly, if you’re looking for a team to join or to donate to, please consider the ALLtech team!

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you on the trails!

Tips for Better Sleep for the Whole Family

When your household has sleepers of many ages, it can be a challenge to meet everyone’s sleep needs, or even to know what sleep pattern is healthy for each of you.

Get tips on Sleep Health for the Whole Family with a free webinar from Wellspring EAP, which offers the employee assistance program available to ALLtech members.

This webinar will discuss what sleep pattern and concerns are prevalent for each age, from the young child to the senior. Join Dr. Catherine Darley, ND, from noon to 1 p.m. PDT Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, as she discusses these topics:

  1. Discuss sleep norms by age
  2. Learn common sleep issues and red flags for each age group
  3. Strategize how to make a sleep healthy home for the whole family

Learn more about the Wellspring EAP resources available to ALLtech members.

Watch Now: Leadership Tools to Refresh and Energize Your Body, Mind and Heart

To help support wellness in the workplace and beyond, ALLtech is reaching out to invite members and the greater tech community to the valuable workshop series Mindfulness for People Leaders from partner Newfront.

The above video, Refill Your Cup, is the most recent workshop from March 22, which offers resources to help you:

  • Recognize the warning signs of chronic stress and burnout.
  • Build the habits that refresh and energize the body, mind and heart.

These are important topics after the past two years of unprecedented challenges and transformational change to the workplace, from managing the pandemic to addressing racial inequalities, to enabling a work-from-home workforce. And for each of these challenges, people leaders have been called on to help organizations adapt and thrive. This has stretched people to the limits of their capabilities.

Designed to help people leaders build the mindset and skills to navigate the challenges of their roles, the workshop series provides powerful, mindfulness-based tools and techniques to avoid burnout, increase resilience, and enhance their effectiveness in the crucial roles that they play.

Previously recorded workshops in the series also can be viewed below:

ALLtech partners with Newfront to offer access to the EVOLVE 401(k) retirement planAdvanced Professionals Insurance & Benefit Solutions, the managing general agent for ALLtech, also is the wholesale benefits division of Newfront.

Live Restorative Sessions Among Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

Throughout the pandemic, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges found themselves struggling for the first time. If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals who took the anxiety screening at, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health.

This May, as ALLtech continues to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, we would like to highlight our robust employee assistance program through Wellspring EAP, which includes one-on-one meetings with a counselor and an extensive online platform, featuring stress-reduction webinars and videos, legal and financial resources and more.

Specifically for Mental Health Awareness Month, Wellspring is offering a series of guided restorative sessions focused on self-care and more, including the following webinar:

Understanding and Caring for Anxiety
May 26, 2021 – 12:00 PM (PST)

There has been so much going on in our collective system that has caused our bodies and brains to be on alert. Though our anxiety can often not feel great, it can also serve as a useful guide. In this hour-long webinar, you will learn how to listen to your anxiety from a somatic lens and how to make choices that honor your nervous system when you feel anxious. You’ll leave with more understanding around how the systems we live in impact our nervous systems, why anxiety can be useful, and somatic tools to help settle and listen to anxiety.

Live Guided Restorative Micro-Sessions

Click on the title to attend these 10- to 15-minute guided restorative micro-sessions: