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HR Health and Wellness December 2019

stress less this holiday season

As joyous as they are, the holidays can also be a time of great stress both physically and emotionally. So how can you manage the stress that accompanies “the most wonderful time of the year” and still enjoy your winter break?  Bring your lunch and join us for Surviving the Stress of the Holidays! Register here today to learn from UH psychiatrist Dr. Kristin Kassaw how to stress less during the holiday season.

  • Monday, December 9: 12:00 pm  – 1:00 pm, MD Anderson Library, EDR Pavilion
  • Thursday, December 12: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, UH Technology Bridge, Bldg. 4, Rm. 110

Retirement 101 - Don't Miss it

Gain a greater understanding of Optional Retirement Plans (ORP) and the Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) plan benefits, including vesting and eligibility for continuing benefits after you retire.  Come learn about establishing TRS Service Credit, how TRS calculates your retirement benefits, and the impact to your benefits if you are employed after retirement.

Sessions will be led by HR’s Senior Benefits Coordinator, Deanna Holmes, on December 12 at 10:30 am in 341 McElhinney Hall. Register via PASS in AccessUH for course HRT039.

Holiday Open House

During the second week of December the University of Houston Weight Watchers at Work program invites you to attend a WW Holiday Open House for FREE!  The Open House will include hands-on activities to learn about myWW, plus an opportunity to score exclusive discounts, chat with an expert WW Coach and much more!  Join us Thursday, Dec. 12th, 12:15  – 1 PM in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room.  If you have any questions, please contact powerup@uh.edu.

community farmers' markets

While the UH Farmers Market had its season finale in November, the city and surrounding communities continue to provide opportunities to purchase produce and various hand-made crafts.

For example, The  Farmers Market Partners Missouri City occurs every Saturday through the Dec. 21st from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Fort Bend Annex (behind the library), 5855 Sienna Springs Way, Missouri City.  There will be local food trucks and wine tastings by local micro-winery, Houston Winery, and ErmaRose Winery, the area’s only fruit-based winery, utilizing locally grown fruits. The market is admission-free and all ages. For more information, visit Farmers Market Partners online.

join camp gladiator challenge

Looking to get fit?  Let 2020 be the year!  Starting January 6th, Camp Gladiator (CG) will offer any State of Texas (UH employee) that does not currently participate in CG an exclusive CG FIT Challenge.  The challenge includes 4 Weeks of Workouts and CG FIT for free ($286 value)!  Designed to boost strength, stamina and confidence, the program combines strength and cardio training that can help you build muscle, lose weight and feel better. Participants will have access to certified personal trainers, receive two body composition tests, and be eligible for different prizes.  All of this is available for employees not currently registered with CG… for FREE!  The dates of the program are Jan. 6 – Feb. 2020.  To learn more and sign up today, please contact HaleyPoinsette@campgladiator.com.

instructors wanted!

Are you a physical fitness activity instructor?  Would you like to teach a class for your co-workers and friends on campus or know someone who would?  If so, contact POWER UP and let us know!  We’re hoping to provide different physical fitness opportunities for employees in the spring.  Currently we are seeking a Tai Chi instructor and Line-dancing teacher! In 2020, come get physical with us!

kick the tobacco habit one step at a time

It’s the 44th year of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout campaign, which encourages smokers to kick the habit. If you or a loved one is ready to take that step, ERS has the resources to help begin a tobacco free life; learn more here!  Read ERS’ tobacco policy to learn about state-mandated certification requirements for tobacco use and more resources to help you quit.

managing diabetes

More than half of all adults in Texas live with prediabetes or diabetes, according to a report from the American Diabetes Association. In fact, diabetes is one of the top chronic health conditions for UH employees system wide.  If you live with diabetes, you know that staying healthy means managing the condition every day.

Having a strong health care team can help you - and you are the most important member of that team. Learn what you can do to protect your body from the damaging effects of diabetes here.


Thank you,

Court Stein
HR Wellness Administrator

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