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Self-care Wellness Tips

The health and well-being of the UTD community is our top priority. Here are some tips to practice self-care to stay healthy as we continue to work from home.

Stress management

Limit COVID-19 updates: It's important to stay informed but limit exposure to things that trigger anxiety. With so much new information coming out daily on the TV and social media, set boundaries for when and how much news you receive so that you can keep feelings of anxiety at bay. In addition to offering confidential counseling services, the Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program offers articles and trainings in a variety of subjects, including stress management. To access these trainings, visit the member login page and enter "utdallas" for both the username and password.

Maintain a healthy diet

This may be difficult with being at home and being so close to the pantry and fridge with all of the quarantine food. Set a schedule for meal times and snacks to avoid mindless or stress eating. Fill up on fruits and vegetables which contain vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are good for your immune system to keep you healthy. Stay hydrated with plenty of water and limit alcohol and sugary drinks because of the empty calories.

Stay active

Due to social distancing, working out seems challenging but try to get up and move around as much as you can throughout the day. When the weather is nice, walk the dog or go out for a walk, but keep the 6-ft distance. There are lots of online exercise videos to keep you active, or play with your kids or pets.

Get adequate sleep

Feeling stress and anxious can keep you awake, so aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. This will help keep hormones regulated and improve concentration and productivity. If you're having difficulty falling asleep, try deep breathing or meditation to quiet your thoughts.

Practice good hygiene

Wash, wash, wash your hands! Avoid touching your face. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces.

Visit UT System for additional tips to protect your health and be productive working from home.
Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy!

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Cardiovascular Screening Event

February 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

HR Benefits Suite, AD 3.418

Cardiovascular screenings can help identify potential risk that could lead to a stroke or heart attack. Screenings include:

  • Carotid ultrasound – screens for plaque in the carotid arteries to detect and help prevent strokes.
  • Duplex ultrasound of extremities - screens for narrowing or blockage in the lower extremities.

Register here or call 972-330-1290 to secure your appointment time.

*Screening is covered with no out of pocket cost for employees on the UTD insurance plan.

Download our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ), or contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


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UT System Heart Walk

Join the 10-minute UT System-wide walk for heart health! Meet at the Margaret McDermott Trellis Plaza on Friday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. Can’t make it to the Trellis Plaza? Walk with your co-workers at your building or join groups walking at:

This year heart walk coincides with National Wear Red Day. Join us to raise awareness of heart health issues and wear RED to support women's heart health.

Everyone who walks will receive a heart healthy pin as a reminder to love your heart every day!

For more info, download our flyer. (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )


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Naturally Slim® is back!

Here's a New Year’s Resolution: NO MORE DIETING.
You don't have to give up your favorite foods to feel your best and improve your health.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Spoiler alert: It's not.

With Naturally Slim®, you don't need to count points or calories, eat boring meals or buy special food. All you need is an open mind and a little bit of time, so you can build lifelong, healthy habits to lose weight, feel fantastic and reduce your risk of developing chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Since Naturally Slim is an online, video-based program, you can complete it using any internet-connected device — including your smartphone. And the best part? UT Benefits is giving you the chance to participate in Naturally Slim at NO COST to you.

Apply between January 6 - 17, 2020 at www.naturallyslim.com/LivingWell.

The Naturally Slim program starts February 3, 2020 and is available to all UT SELECT and UT CONNECT medical plan members age 18 and above, including employees, retirees, spouses and dependents who have not participated in the last 12 months.

For more info, download our flyer. (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )


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2020 Live Healthy Campaign:
Right This Weigh

Registration Period: January 6 – February 3

Challenge Dates: January 27 – March 8

Right This Weigh is a simple, creative approach to maintaining a healthy weight for life — based on numerous studies of individuals who have lost weight and kept it off. Participants travel along famous trails as they practice healthy habits. No special foods, meal plans, or restrictions. Just easy-to-remember, everyday habits that produce consistent, long-term results.

The Challenge:
In this 6-week program, your goal is to travel 300 virtual miles (50 miles/week) on trails around the globe by recording daily health habits. Earn 250+ points to receive a UTD Apron to help you continue the healthy habits all year round.

Some important dates:

  • Monday, January 27: First day to log activity. Begin recording health habits, and watch your trails come to life.
  • Monday, February 3: Registration and team formation deadline. Last day to register and form or join a team of 3-5.
  • Sunday, March 8: Program ends. But you may backlog until Monday, March 9.
  • Log your weight every Monday: Each week, you’ll have until Tuesday at 11:59 PM CT to enter your weight for the week.

Get on the path to feeling your best! Registration begins January 6. See Living Well for more information.

Download the Flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )


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