Faculty/Staff POWER UP Newsletter: June 2019
06/03/2019, 02:05:01 PM

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HR Health and Wellness June 2019

Bring your child to work on June 7

The third annual Take Your Child to Work Day at UH will be held June 7, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. This year, seven colleges and departments will be hosting children and their parents for programs in the morning. After the programs, children will have the option to eat lunch at Moody Dining Commons and go to their parents' workplace.  Space in each area is limited. For additional information, visit the Take Your Child To Work Day website

Nominate A Colleague for THEIR SERVICE

The nomination period for the 2019 President’s Excellence Awards is officially open! Join us in recognizing one or more of your staff colleagues for their valuable service to the University by nominating them for a President's Excellence Award today.

All benefits-eligible, non-teaching employees with at least three years of service at UH or in the UH System Offices are eligible for this special recognition. Any UH employee, student or community member may nominate a qualifying staff employee for consideration. 

Bestowed upon successful nominees will be President’s Awards, the Group Excellence Award, the Community Service Award, the Innovation Award and the C.F. McElhinney Award. Nominations for this year’s President's Excellence Awards are open until 5 p.m., Friday, June, 14.   To learn more and submit a nomination, visit UH Human Resources Employee Recognition Program web page or contact Ann Pino.

Benefit from WW at Work experience

Wellness doesn’t stop at the office and neither do the benefits of living a healthy, active life.  That’s why it’s important to develop doable strategies that are flexible and effective in helping you reach your wellness goals.  WW’s SmartPoints system is a science-backed and simple-to-use method to manage your weight while still enjoying the foods you love.

In weekly workshops at work, you’ll get support from others and guidance from a wellness coach who's been there and lost the weight. You’ll also learn ways to make regular exercise a reality and much more! UH on-campus workshops occur each Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

Drop by any meeting to learn more and see how WW can help you meet your goals. Questions? Contact Wellness Administrator Court Stein

Attend retirement 101 Lunch and learn

Join HR’s Senior Benefits Coordinator Deanna Holmes and POWER UP Employee Wellness for the June wellbeing Lunch and Learn Retirement 101 session. Gain a greater understanding of ORP and TRS retirement benefits, vesting and eligibility, as well as how to calculate TRS retirement benefits. 

You’ll also gain an understanding of continued benefits at retirement, learn how to establish TRS service credit and become familiar with guidelines for employment after retirement, and more.  Register here! Bring your lunch and join us:

  • Thursday, June 13, noon-1 p.m., in the M.D. Anderson Library's Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion on the second floor, or
  • Thursday, June 20, noon-1 p.m., in Room 110 of UH Technology Bridge Building 4

stretch and relax with summer yoga

This summer, enjoy gentle stretching and relaxation in a faculty/staff yoga class being offered on campus by POWER UP Employee Wellness.  Classes are at a beginner level and no experience is necessary.

Free drop-in classes are Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in Room 2216 of the Health 2 Building. The room is located on the second floor just past the Cougar Grounds coffee shop. Room 2216 is accessible via the skybridge from Health 1, or most easily via the Calhoun Road entrance of Health 2 by taking the stairs to the second floor.

For the class, wear comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat or towel. Please read and print the participation waiver.  Then, complete it and bring it with you the first time attending the class. Sessions are led by UH’s Dr. Minal Bhadane, a certified yoga instructor. 

Join in June for the fitness program

Participate in the "Join in June" campaign for the Fitness Program and pay no enrollment fee! That’s right. For the month of June, the $25 one-time enrollment fee will be waived for all HealthSelect participants and their covered dependents age 18 and older. Use code summerfit during registration to have the fee waived.

The Fitness Program is a flexible membership program for participants enrolled in HealthSelectSM of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM, with access to more than 9,000 fitness centers nationwide. The membership fee is only $25 a month (with a usual $25 one-time enrollment fee waived during the month of June).  Click here to find a list of participating gyms in the Houston area.

To enroll, employees should:

  • log in to their Blue Access for Members account and click Fitness Program under Quick Links, or
  • call 888-762-BLUE (2583) toll-free, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Fitness Program benefits include:

  • flexible membership with no long-term contract for $25/month,
  • unlimited access to over 9,000 participating fitness centers nationwide,
  • easy online enrollment and automatic monthly payment withdrawal,
  • discounts on services from health and well-being professionals such as acupuncture, personal training, massage and more, and
  • Blue Points (earned) when you enroll and track weekly visits.

For questions about the Fitness Program and the enrollment waiver, visit the HealthSelect Fitness Program webpage for more details.

Fitness Program members can cancel their membership at any time by calling 888-762-BLUE (2583) toll-free, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

NEW health center serves residents

A new health center – a joint initiative between UH and Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) – is now open in the Health 2 Building, the temporary home of the College of Medicine.

The community-based Federally Qualified Health Center will provide comprehensive primary and behavioral health care services, adding to LSCC’s and UH’s commitment to improved health outcomes and quality of life in underserved communities, including the Third Ward. Learn more about the Center here.

Thank you,

Court Stein
HR Wellness Administrator

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