The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. is giving out thousands of reusable shopping bags along with information about disability insurance during an educational campaign designed to help protect workers’ income as well as the environment.

In The Hartford’s second annual “Food for Thought” campaign, benefits specialists will distribute approximately 240,000 totes at hundreds of health fairs and benefits enrollment events for its employer clients throughout the U.S. The green-and-black bags are emblazoned with the words, “Every year I use this bag, a tree grows another ring” and “Rethink. Reuse. Recycle.”

“Many Americans would struggle to pay for essentials if they could not work due to an injury or illness. Our research shows 97 percent of consumers would have to change their lifestyle if they lost part of their family’s income for three to six months,” said Bob Reiff, senior vice president of distribution, field service and product for The Hartford’s Group Benefits Division. “With The Hartford’s shopping bags, we hope to get the word out that workers can take simple steps to protect their pay and our planet.”

In addition, The Hartford is taking steps to ensure its employees understand their benefits. The eco-friendly shopping bags will be handed out this week at health fairs at The Hartford’s Connecticut offices in Hartford, Simsbury, Southington and Windsor. More information on the promotion is available at www.thehartford.com.