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Deer Oaks EAP Holiday Support

We understand that many of you are facing new challenges this holiday season and that celebrating may look a little different this year. Your Employee Assistance Program through Deer Oaks EAP Services is here to support you 24/7/365. Call (888) 993-7650, email [email protected] or logon at www.deeroakseap.com to receive confidential assistance around whatever challenges come your way. To access the online trainings, visit the member login page and enter utdallas for both the username and password.

View our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).


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Mammograms on Campus

December 11, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The UT Southwestern mobile mammography unit will visit the Loading Zone North of the Activity Center on Friday, December 11. Call 214.645.2560 or 866.277.0710 with your health insurance information to schedule an appointment for any time from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day. Most insurance plans are accepted.

CDC safety precautions will be followed: Only one patient allowed at a time in the mobile unit, temperature checks will be done and masks are required.

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


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Airrosti Webinar &
Virtual Injury Assessments


Is too much sitting contributing to your chronic aches and pains? Spending hours at a desk can lead to pain throughout the upper body and lower back. Proper posture is essential, but it’s only the first step to improve back and neck health. Join Airrosti for an interactive workshop where you’ll learn simple, proven techniques to reduce repetitive strain, improve range of motion, and increase strength.
Date: Tuesday, November 17
Time: noon – 12:45 p.m.
Registration: https://go.airrosti.com/scheduler/event/LNSUUUBL4W0


Airrosti: Complimentary VIRTUAL 20-Minute Injury Assessment
Airrosti Providers are experts at accurately diagnosing and resolving musculoskeletal pain and injuries. Now, they’re able to bring that expertise to you through a convenient virtual environment. If you are suffering from chronic pain or acute injuries, sign up for a free, no obligation virtual assessment to discover the source of your pain and your treatment options.
Date: Tuesday, November 17
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Registration: https://go.airrosti.com/scheduler/event/SAZYUUBLH27

View our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).


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Wellness Webinars

October 29 & November 4


EAP Online Seminar: The Mental Strength Workout
Learn skills and strategies to exercise the power of your mind and increase your mental fortitude.
Visit Deer Oaks EAP and enter utdallas for the Username and Password to access the online seminar. Available on-demand starting October 20th.
Please view our newsletter (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ) for additional tips, information and resources from Deer Oaks EAP.


Hinge Health Demo
Struggling with chronic pain? Hinge Health is an exercise therapy program to help you conquer chronic back, knee, hip, neck, and shoulder pain – from the convenience of your home. The program includes unlimited 1-on-1 coaching, personalized exercise therapy and free tablet and wearable sensors. Learn more about the program during this webinar.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 29
Time: noon - 12:30 p.m. CT
Registration: Register here to get the webinar link: https://www.cvent.com/d/p7qxph
View our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).


MDLIVE: Are you prepared for flu season?
Join MDLIVE to learn how your telehealth benefit can help when you’re feeling sick.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 29
Time: 12:30 - 1 p.m. CT
Registration: Register here to get the webinar link: https://www.cvent.com/d/27qxpn
View our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).


Livongo: Diabetes Awareness Month
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Learn more about how Livongo helps members find an easy way to fit health into your life and manage their diabetes.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 4
Time: noon - 12:30 p.m. CT
Registration: Register here to get the webinar link: https://www.cvent.com/d/s7qxp7
View our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).


Omada: A whole new way to get healthy
Join this Omada webinar for diabetes awareness month and find out if Omada is a fit for you.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 4
Time: 12:30 - 1 p.m. CT
Registration: Register here to get the webinar link: https://www.cvent.com/d/57qxpm
View our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).


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Financial Wellness Webinars

October is National Retirement Security Month, a national effort to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted retirement savings and overall financial health and not surprisingly, many employees plan to work longer. The UT Retirement Program, in partnership with our five approved providers, are here to help engage employees on the importance of financial wellness.

To help employees take action to be financially healthy, the attached NRSM flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ) includes tips on where to start and provides you on-demand resources available during National Retirement Security Month. VOYA will be hosting the following live webinars for UT System employees during the month of October. Employees are welcome to join any and all sessions.

In addition, Lincoln Financial is hosting a three-part webinar series in the last quarter of 2020! Each month, a new topic will be discussed about the basics of financial planning.

  • Part I. 12 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15: Budgeting
    Are you the boss of your money or is your money the boss of you? Come learn about creating a spending plan for your money.
  • Part II. 12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12: Saving vs. Investing
    How do you get "in the market"? What are the key differences between your personal savings accounts and your investment accounts?
  • Part III. 12 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10: Personal Investing vs. Retirement Planning: The ABC’s of Investing
    How can I make the most of my personal investment accounts while maintain and contributing to my retirement goals?

Registration is required. We look forward to seeing you on the webinars!

View our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).


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Fall Wellness Challenge: Walktober

Registration: Sept. 21 - Oct. 9;
Challenge: Oct. 1 - 31

Walktober is a fun and inspiring way to take advantage of autumn's cool temperatures and spectacular views as you step out and step up to better health. Log your steps or exercise minutes through the mobile app or manually to tour vibrant landscapes and earn colorful leaves. UTD will have prizes for the top 3 individual participants. Let's get moving and help UTD win the system-wide Traveling Trophy!


  • Registration: September 21 – October 9
  • Walktober Challenge: October 1 – 31
  • Last day to log: November 3


  • Overall Goal = 20 leaves


  • Physical activity: steps and exercise minutes


  • 30-44 minutes/6000-7999 steps = Red leaf
  • 45-59 minutes/8000-9999 steps = Orange leaf
  • 60+ minutes/10,000+ steps = Gold leaf

Thrive Thursday

  • For teams, there will be the option of earning an extra point on Thrive Thursdays.

NOTE: You don't have to wear a tracking device to record steps — link the Apple or Google Health app or plug in your activity and exercise minutes, then the Step Converter automatically adjusts them.

Log in at www.UTLivingWell.com then click "Opt In" to register.


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Free Employee Flu Shots

October 5 & 6

Get a free flu shot October 5 or 6. Sign up online to get the necessary consent form, then bring the following items to your preferred location. The deadline to register for an appointment is Wednesday, September 30.

  • Your filled-out consent form
  • Your Comet Card
  • A photocopy of your driver’s license or state-issued ID
  • A photocopy of your insurance card

Registration is required due to limiting the number of shots this year to accommodate cleaning and social distancing requirements.

  • Report at your appointment time only.
  • No walk-ins will be allowed in order to maintain social distancing.

Completion of the daily health screen will be required prior to coming to campus. Masks are required while on campus and during the flu clinics.

Consent forms must be completed prior to the clinic. Please have completed paperwork and photocopies with you when you arrive.

October 5

  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Office of Human Resources, Suite AD 3.108
  • 8:30 - 10 a.m.: Center for Vital Longevity (Break Room, 801)
  • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Callier Center Dallas (Room B108)
  • 3 - 4:30 p.m.: Center for BrainHealth (CBH Reception Hall, 1.104)

October 6

View our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).


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Naturally Slim® Fall Session

UT Benefits is partnering again with Naturally Slim (NS) to offer you the secret sauce to losing weight and feeling great in times of adversity—at no cost to you.

Application period: August 31 - September 11, 2020
The Naturally Slim program starts on September 28, 2020.

No gimmicks. No food you need to buy. Naturally Slim simply help you change the way you think about food.

Space is limited. Visit www.naturallyslim.com/LivingWell to apply and learn more.

The Naturally Slim program is available to all UTSELECT and UT CONNECT medical plan members age 18 and above, including employees, retirees, spouses and dependents who have not started a class within the last 12 months.

View our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).


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Changes to the BCBSTX Fitness Program

New Fitness Program Options – More Flexibility for Members

Well On Target, the gym discount program offered through BCBSTX, has revamped their Fitness Program. There are now several tiers and price points that members can choose from and a studio discount program. The enrollment fee is now $19. Current members are grandfathered in at the Power tier at $25/month until they cancel or change tiers. Please see program flyer for detailed information.

Four new plan options will make it easier for members to stay fit with more membership options and new features to choose from. Members can decide what works best for their individual budget and lifestyle.

BlueCross Blue Shield of Texas Plan Options

Other program perks include:

  • Studio Class Network: Boutique-style classes and specialty gyms with pay-as-you-go option and 30% off every 10th class.
  • Family Friendly: Expands gym network access to your covered dependents at a bundled price discount.
  • Convenient Payment: Monthly fees are paid via automatic credit card or bank account withdrawals.

If current members wish to change plan options, or if new members would like to enroll, they can do so by going to their Blue Access for MembersSM page and accessing the Fitness Program portal. Prefer to sign up by phone or have questions about the Fitness Program? Just call the toll-free number 888-762-BLUE (2583) Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., CT.

View our flyer for more details (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )


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Virtual Benefits & Wellness Fair

Kickoff Events: July 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

24/7 Online Access: July 20 – July 31

UT Dallas will be hosting a Virtual Benefits and Wellness Fair from July 20 – July 31, 2020. This year’s theme is Smart Benefits Shopping – featuring games, presentations, interactive experiences, prizes and 24/7 access to information. Come and visit the virtual benefits fair mall, where you can shop and find the best suited benefits for you and your family. To enter the mall, please visit the Virtual Benefits Fair website, download the UTD Benefits Fair App at Google Play Store or Apple App Store, or download the interactive PDF. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day and announced via the benefits fair app. Enjoy your benefits shopping!

The UT Dallas Annual Benefits Enrollment will be July 15-31, 2020. You can log on to My UT Benefits and follow the on-screen instructions to update or change your benefits selections at any point during this timeframe.

For more info, view the event flyer.


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FREE Virtual Fitness Classes

Naturally Slim®

Although we don't yet know when social distancing will end, it is still possible to stay healthy. Current circumstances have changed the way we conduct our lives, especially in how we are challenged to stay fit while staying at home. But even with restrictions, we still have choices. BCBSTX has partnered with Tivity Health to provide UT System employees with FREE Virtual Fitness Classes.

What's new: Tivity Health (who administers the Well onTarget® Fitness program) is introducing Prime® Live Virtual Classes, made available through Tivity's Prime Network. Participants can enjoy a variety of live, full-length fitness classes hosted through ZOOM* from the comfort of home and at no additional cost. The classes are open to all employees – you don't have to be Fitness program members.

Classes include:

  • Boot Camp
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Strength training
  • Cardio-interval workouts and more

It's easy to register. Participants go to this registration linkand provide your name and email address. Once enrolled, you can RSVP for classes of interest and will receive an email confirmation with a ZOOM link to access the class shortly after registering.

The Fitness Program is provided by Tivity Health™, an independent contractor that administers the Prime Network of fitness locations. The Prime Network is made up of independently owned and operated fitness locations.

*Zoom is a third-party provider and is not owned or operated by Tivity Health or its affiliates. Users who access Prime Live Virtual classes are subject to Zoom's terms and Conditions. Users must have internet service to access Prime Live Virtual classes. Internet service charges are the responsibility of the users.

By clicking this link, you will go to a new website/app ("site"). This new site may be offered by a vendor or an independent third party. The site may also contain non-Medicare related information. In addition, some sites may require you to agree to their terms of use and privacy policy.


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Naturally Slim®

Apply between June 8 and 19;
Program starts July 6

It’s the perfect time to get (and stay) healthy—both physically and mentally. While things may feel out of your control right now, UT Benefits has partnered with Naturally Slim to help you take control of your health at no cost to you.

Naturally Slim could help you:

  1. Reach your weight loss goals. Without getting off track.
  2. Break those old habits. Trade in mindless snacking for mindful eating.
  3. Relieve stress and anxiety. Manage how you cope and react.
  4. Build your immunity. Help fight off illnesses by practicing self-care.

Space is limited. Apply between June 8-19, 2020 at www.naturallyslim.com/LivingWell.

The Naturally Slim program starts July 6, 2020 and is available to all UTSELECT 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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Telehealth and Virtual Resources

BlueCross Blue Shield of Texas

UT SELECT BCBS Health Advocates

  • Call: 866-882-2034, online: bcbstx.com/ut or chat on BCBSTXAPP
  • Concierge-level of customer service offered by BCBSTX.
  • Coordinated, expert assistance for medical care needs via health advocate.

UT CONNECT Customer Service Team (888-399-8889)

24/7 Nurseline (888-315-9473): Provides answers to health care questions, information about medical issues, chronic illness support and more.


Virtual Visits with MDLIVE: Speak with a Doctor Anytime, Anywhere

Online access to qualified health professionals is just a click away. Get care when and where you need it 24/7/365. Offered by BCBSTX in partnership with MD Live, virtual visits by a licensed medical provider are available for non-emergency medical issues, behavioral health and psychological health needs. Visits are available on your computer, tablet or smartphone for a $0 copay.

Visit MDLIVE.com/bcbstx, Download the MDLIVE app, Text BCBSTX to 635-483, Call (888) 680-8646

Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Confidential counseling – 888-993-7650 through Deer Oaks EAP Service; online access at www.deeroakseap.com. To access the online trainings, visit the member login page and enter "utdallas" for both the username and password.

Digital Wellness Benefits


Omada – Digital Lifestyle Change Program for Diabetes Prevention and Weight Loss

Omada is an interactive online program that helps build new healthy habits, step-by-step. The 16-week program focuses on weight loss through nutrition, physical activity and behavioral change.

When you join Omada, you’ll get:

  • A professional Omada health coach to keep you on track
  • An interactive program to guide your journey
  • A wireless smart scale to monitor your progress
  • Weekly online lessons to empower you
  • Small online group of participants to keep you engaged

For more information or to see if you’re eligible for the program, visit omadahealth.com/uts.


Livongo for Diabetes: Diabetes Management Simplified

The Livongo program is a diabetes management program offered to plan members and their family members at no cost.

What you get:

  • Connected Meter: Automatically uploads your blood glucose readings to your secure online account and provides real-time personalized tips.
  • Support from Coaches When You Need It: Communicate with a coach anytime about diabetes questions on nutrition or lifestyle changes.
  • Strips Covered by Your Health Plan: When you are about to run out, you can order refills of your strips and lancets right from your Livongo meter.

Enroll today: go.livongo.com.

Livongo for Hypertension: High Blood Pressure Management, Simplified

New Health Benefit at No Cost to You that Helps Make it Easier to Live with High Blood Pressure

What you get:

  • Connected Blood Pressure Monitor: Automatically uploads your blood pressure readings to your secure online account; the app provides valuable guidance and tips.
  • Support from Coaches When You Need It: Communicate with coaches about high blood pressure and get answers to all of your questions on nutrition and making lifestyle changes.
  • No More Tracking: Your monitor records and organizes all of your blood pressure readings; share with your healthcare team whenever you’re ready.

Enroll today: ready.livongo.com/UTS/begin.


Hinge Health: Patient-centered digital health

Conquer chronic back, hip and knee pain without surgery or drugs. Best-practice care conveniently delivered digitally. The 12-week, coach-led digital musculoskeletal program is based on proven non-surgical care guidelines. It is delivered remotely using mobile and wearable technology and is focused on 3 core pillars:

  • Exercise Therapy – Wearable sensors and tablet provided for real-time movements feedback.
  • Behavioral Health – Cognitive behavioral therapy and unlimited 1:1 coaching.
  • Education – Personalized and interactive education curriculum.

Visit hingehealth.com/UTS to sign-up and complete a screening questionnaire.

For additional information and wellness resources, visit www.livingwell.utsystem.edu.

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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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