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HR Health and Wellness November 2019

Move For good

Be active and support a worthy cause!  Houston abounds with opportunities to be physically active while raising funds to support important research, life-saving science that can help us combat disease and live longer, healthier lives. Participate in the American Heart Association Heart Walk, Saturday, November 9.  Click the link for more information and to register.  Search Google for more opportunities to run, walk or turkey trot this November!

shop the farmers market

Shop for locally sourced and produced food and other items at the UH Farmers Market!  Sponsored by Dining Services, the markets take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and alternate between Butler Plaza and Lynn Eusan Park.  November Markets will be Wednesdays, November 6 and November 20, in Butler Plaza. Featured at the market are a growing number of vendors ready to cater to your shopping needs.

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, and will be held November 7 at 12:00 pm and December 12 at 10:30 am at 341 McElhinney Hall. Register via PASS in AccessUH for course HRT039.

child & elder back-up care benefit

When the unexpected happens, do you need emergency full-time child care or an after-school sitter for the kids?  Do you need someone to assist you with mom, who needs a higher level of care?  Or, do you need referrals on finding short-term care for Dad?  You don’t have to tackle these issues alone.  

Available to UH employees, Bright Horizons Back-Up Care helps employees better manage their work, family and personal responsibilities by offering up to 10 days of emergency care per employee per calendar year at subsidized rates. You must register on their portal in order to access your benefits.

Visit: https://clients.brighthorizons.com/uh     

Employer Username: UH  Password: care4you

Attend an upcoming Bright Horizons webinar to learn…

  • How to take advantage of your care benefits
  • Where to find helpful resources, support, and planning tools
  • How to ensure your loved ones get the care they need — and deserve

Register below for the following webinars:

Download their App: Search "back-up care" in the App Store or Google Play

Questions? Call 877-BH-CARES (242-2737)

save on your commute

COAST with UH on Monday, November 11 for the inaugural UH Alternative Transportation Day! Discover options for commuting to campus without a car and saving money on parking costs. Join your colleagues for the following activities:

  • Bike to Work/School event, 8:00 am – 9:00 am at Student Center South. Register here. Enjoy breakfast tacos, swag and more while learning about the new COAST cycling incentive!
  • COAST Summit, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at MD Anderson Library, EDR Pavilion. Learn about the different ways to commute to campus and the new incentives provided.
  • MetroRail Ride, 1:30 pm– 3:00 pm at METRO light rail station on Scott St (outside TDECU Stadium). Register here. Experience a fun guided tour and experience how easy it is to commute via the light rail!

Don’t miss these great opportunities to learn about the many ways the COAST program can help you save money and enjoy a more sustainable commute!

yoga by the fountain

Enjoy the great fall weather on Thursday, November 14 with Yoga by the Fountain sponsored by Mindful Coogs!  Open to students, faculty and staff, this stress-reducing session will take place near the University fountains in the grassy area in front of Farish Hall at 6:00 pm.  All levels are welcome and no equipment is needed.  Mats will be available if you do not have your own.  Bring a buddy and join us!

bring your lunch and learn about nutrition

Need help figuring it all out:  Should I eat more or less red meat?  Are carbs good or bad for me? Do I really need to be eating more protein?  Does the Keto diet really work?  Join Registered Dietitian Dolores Woods, UH Dining Services’ Director of Wellness and Sustainability, to learn and understand more about nutrition.  Bring a healthy lunch and join us to get your questions answered during this informative lunch and learn session.

Register here for either of the presentations:

  • Tuesday, November 12, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm in the MD Anderson Library, EDR Pavilion, 2nd floor or
  • Friday, November 15, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm at the UH Technology Bridge (ERP), Building 4, Room 110

2019 wellness leave benefit reminder

UH policy MAPP 02 .02 .0 8  outlines the 8 hours wellness leave benefit available to eligible employees once each calendar year.  To qualify for wellness leave, eligible employees must receive a yearly routine physical exam and complete an approved health risk assessment.  To learn more about how to apply for this benefit and access the necessary documents, click here!   The ability to earn and use wellness leave for 2019 concludes Dec. 24, 2019.  Plan and apply soon to take advantage of this opportunity to receive your 8 hours wellness leave for calendar year 2019.

ww at work workshops

It’s never too late to join Weight Watchers!  Membership is open to staff, faculty and students. You can join at any time at a pro-rated cost.  With membership comes weekly onsite workshops, program materials and access to online digital tools. Held every Thursday from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, workshops are convenient and offer guidance, ongoing group support and encouragement.  To join or simply learn more, visit any Thursday meeting as a guest for free.  You can ask questions, meet other members and see if the program is right for you.  For additional information, contact Court Stein, Wellness Administrator, at POWERUP@uh.edu or 713-743-1991.

highlights from the corporate 5k

Houston Hess Corporate 5k took place October 22-24, with UH Day at the Corp 5k being Tuesday, October 22 in beautiful Memorial Park.  For the third year in a row, UH won the “ Top Participating Education Team” award with close to 70 UH Employees participating! Team UH experienced perfect weather during the run/walk and afterwards enjoyed free food, drinks, back rubs, a live band and more!  If you missed the event this year, plan now to organize a group within your department for next year!  It’s a great team-building activity and way to socialize with colleagues outside of the work setting.

Check out all of the pictures on our Flickr page HERE

annual faculty/staff tailgate review

Over 600 employees and their family and friends attended Oktoberfest, the University’s Annual Faculty/Staff Tailgate, hosted by the Faculty Senate, Staff Council and Human Resources!

Beginning at 3:30 pm, Thursday, October 24, attendees enjoyed great music, food and libations as well as a fun photo booth and several outdoor games.  The first 500 attendees received a free t-shirt prior to attending the game!

See all of the photos from the event HERE


Thank you,

Court Stein
HR Wellness Administrator

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