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What’s on Tap for Well-Being… Weeks of May 10th and 17th

Stepping Up to Stepping Strong Challenge:  We are two weeks into the Stepping Up challenge and the GMHEC team is going strong.  The challenge runs through the month of May so you can still get in on the action to support this great cause.  Check out this quick video tutorial to see how to sign up or read the FAQs here.  Make sure you join the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium team and help us to support this wonderful cause.

Bicycle tune up:  Ready to get back on your bike but need a tune up?  Let Bino from Wheels on Wheels Bike repair work his magic and get you back in the saddle safely.  Tuesday, May 25th or Thursday, June 3rd at the Lakeside location of Champlain College.  $50 can be paid to Wheels on Wheels via cash, check or Venmo at the time of your appointment.  Sign up here

Have you been a member of The Edge or are you considering joining?  Check out this short video to see what’s going on inside The Edge and how the team is working to make sure member have a safe experience.  

In Pursuit of HappinessThe Atlantic will host a live event on Thursday, May 20th that explores the human hold on happiness—and aims to find ways to build a more meaningful life. The event will consider happiness and relationships; the role of spirituality; how social media and other technology are affecting our happiness; and the ways in which a year of social isolation has reframed our understanding of a lasting sense of joy.  Click here to learn more and to register. 

Stress and Your Child: As parents we naturally want to protect our kids from stress – a stressed child often means a stressed parent. But this natural instinct can get in the way of giving them the most effective type of support. In this seminar, we’ll examine the experience of stress for a child, how it is similar but also different from the adult experience. We’ll review stress signs and share constructive ways to help your child manage stressful thoughts and feelings. Learn how you can also proactively build your child’s natural resilience.  This seminar will be hosted by Dr. Rick Conforto, a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of experience providing clinical services to children, adolescents, adults and families and is brough to you by Cigna.  Tuesday, May 11th 1:00-2:00 pm EST.  Click here to register. 

Label Savvy: Nutrition Labels, Manufacturing Gimmicks and More: Join the EDGE Preventative Care team for this engaging webinar on all things nutrition labels. Discussion topics will include manufacturing gimmicks that loop us into purchasing food items that may not be all they are toting on the label, hidden preservatives and additives in our foods, and navigating the best bang for your buck’ when purchasing items with food labels.  Friday, May 14th noon-1:00 pm EST.  Click here to register. 

Overcoming Loneliness: At some point in life, most people will feel emotionally or physically disconnected from others.  Learn how to recognize this normal reaction, address feelings of loneliness and rebuild connections.  Brought to you by New Directions Behavioral Health.  Preregistration required.  Wednesday, May 19th noon-1:00 pm EST or 3:00-4:00 pm EST.  Click here to register.

Free TIAA Counseling Sessions

No matter where you are in life—just getting started or planning for retirement—a session with Chris Dabroski can help you create a plan for your goals. And, it’s at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?

See attached flyer for available dates and registration information.

TIAA Financial Essentials Live Webinars for May

Please note: Registration can be accessed for all webinars through this single direct link.

Halfway There: A retirement Checkpoint
May 11 at 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (ET)
You can give yourself a mid-career financial checkup to evaluate your current savings, formulate a plan to help pursue your savings goals and manage competing financial priorities.

Lifetime Income: Paycheck for life
May 11 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (ET)
You’ve worked hard to save for retirement. TIAA can help you understand how to create a plan that protects you against key retirement risks as well as helps build a diversified retirement income plan.

Responsible Investing: Portfolios with purpose
May 12 at 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (ET)
Make an impact with a social choice. Did you know that responsible investing enables investors to align their social and environmental principals with their financial goals? Learn the factors that make an investment socially responsible, the history of RI and ways for individuals to incorporate RI into their investment strategy.

Money at Work 2: Sharpening investment skills 
May 12 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (ET)
Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible.

The 411 on 529 College Savings Plans
May 13 at 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (ET)
You can learn how 529 college savings plans work and how to invest in one for a child, grandchild, yourself or other loved one.

Health Savings Accounts as a Nest Egg 
May 13 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (ET) 
You may know about the tax advantages of contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA), but did you know that HSAs are also a way to save for health care expenses in retirement? In addition, one of the many benefits of an HSA is that the unused balances can be invested for potential growth over the long term and used during retirement years when healthcare expenses may be significantly higher. During this discussion, we’ll go through how HSAs can help you in your journey toward financial wellness.

What’s on Tap for Well-Being… Weeks of April 26th and May 3rd

Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.

― James Clear

Spring is in the air so it’s time to get outside and get moving for a good cause.  Join the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium team for the Step Up to Stepping Strong challenge.  Step Up for Stepping Strong is a month-long steps challenge supporting The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Established by Boston Marathon bombing survivors, the Stepping Strong Center fuels trauma research and care to benefit civilians and military personnel worldwide who have suffered the devastation of traumatic injuries.  Cigna is proud to commit to donating $100,000 to the center when the community reaches 500 million steps through the Step Up for Stepping Strong challenge.  Registration is open until April 30th and the steps challenge is May 1-31. Check out this quick video tutorial to see how to sign up or read the FAQs here.  Make sure you join the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium team and help us to support this wonderful cause. 

Are you the leader your people need right now?  Join behavioral scientist Lindsay Kohler and employee communications experts Laura House and Naomi Goodman and hear how to be the leader your organization needs right now.  Tuesday, April 29th 1:00-2:00 pm EST.  Click here to register.

Cultivating Resilience to Avoid Burnout: Burnout is an epidemic in our culture. Defined as an occupational phenomenon resulting from chronic workplace stress, burnout is a serious health issue that can have dire consequences on our short- and long-term health and well-being. Join Rebecca Schubert, GMHEC Employee Well-being Program Coordinator for an in-depth discussion of the stages of burnout, signs of burnout and actions we can take to avoid burning out. Come away with a plan of action to support your resilience and help you to stay well. Thursday, April 29th 3:30-4:30 pm EST.  Zoom.  Password 135790.  Please RSVP for this event to rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org no later than noon on Wednesday, April 28th. 

Nutrition, Movement & Mindfulness to Improve Mental Health:  Join The Edge Preventative Care team and learn about ways to support your mental health and stress reduction through nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness.  Friday, April 30th noon-1:00 pm EST.  Click here to register. 

Please note that as of May 1st there will be changes to the regular well-being schedule.  The weather is getting better so it’s time to get off the screen and get outside. 

  • Beth’s morning intention will only be happening on Mondays.
  • Yoo-Sun’s lunchtime cardio class is on hold until September.

New Updates to Cigna – One Guide

LOOK WHAT’S NEW IN 2021 – ONE GUIDE, you may ask what is Cigna One Guide?  We first mentioned One Guide during Open Enrollment in November 2020, but that seems so long ago at this time.  Here is a reminder about the new services available to you through Cigna One Guide.

Cigna One Guide is a service to assist you in making more informed healthcare  choices by providing greater depth and ways to understand how your coverage works:

  • Explain the Explanation of Benefit (EOB) you received on a service,
  •  Give you answers to your health care or medical plan questions,
  • Find in-network doctors, labs and/or urgent care centers,
  • Connect with health coaches, pharmacists and more,
  • Stay on track with appointments and preventative care,
  •  Take advantage of dedicated one-on-one support for complex health situations,
  •  Learn ways to save and get the most value from your medical plan,
  •   Get cost-estimates and service comparison information to avoid surprises.

One Guide offers you the personal touch of a concierge service.  You can access One Guide in three different ways:

1.      Phone              Call the number on the back of your Cigna card,

2.      myCigna         Chat through your online account,

3.      App                  Download the myCigna app on your phone.

Additional One Guide flyers can be found at these links:

One Guide Benefits

One Guide App

Other services provided to you by Cigna include Tools and Resources available to you at your myCigna account.  You can use these tools to support your decision making.  Check out this video that will walk you through all the cost comparison/cost containment tools available to help you make the most informed and fiscally sound decisions. 

Being better consumers of healthcare, like anything, comes down to commitment and practice.  Choose to be prepared, to take responsibility and to use the tools and resources available to you to help you be successful.  You have got nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

Questions and comments can be sent Benefits@GMHEC.org. 

What’s on Tap for Well-Being? Weeks of April 12th and 19th

Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.

― Richelle E. Goodrich

Spring is in the air so it’s time to get outside and get moving for a good cause.  Join the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium team for the Step Up to Stepping Strong challenge.  Step Up for Stepping Strong is a month-long steps challenge supporting The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Established by Boston Marathon bombing survivors, the Stepping Strong Center fuels trauma research and care to benefit civilians and military personnel worldwide who have suffered the devastation of traumatic injuries.  Cigna is proud to commit to donating $100,000 to the center when the community reaches 500 million steps through the Step Up for Stepping Strong challenge.  Registration is open until April 30th and the steps challenge is May 1-31. Check out this quick video tutorial to see how to sign up or read the FAQs here.  Make sure you join the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium team and help us to support this wonderful cause. 

Managing Energy for Full Engagement: Peak performance in work and in life depends on personal energy. We so often hear about the importance of time management, but time is finite. It is the one thing we can never make more of. Energy, on the other hand, is a renewable resource and managing our energy is the key to health, happiness and peak performance. Join Rebecca Schubert, GMHEC Employee Well-being Program Coordinator, for an interactive session on managing your personal energy. Come away with practical strategies you can implement to help you avoid an energy crisis and which will enable you to thrive in work and in life.  Tuesday, April 13th 9:00-10:00 am EST.  Zoom meeting ID 246 273 8284.  Password 135790.

It’s My Budget and I’m Sticking to It: We get it – keeping up with a budget can be tricky, especially with the twists and turns of a pandemic. Join the team from MySecureAdvantage to learn about creating and maintaining a budget that works for you and your finances.  Tuesday, April 13th noon-1:00 pm EST.  Click here to register. 

Keys to Success Working from Home:  It may be a year since you began working from home but you might still wonder how to be effective at it. Join Samantha Smith, an expert on stress management, mindfulness and personal growth and hear how you can stay visible, personally connected and ultimately successful as a virtual worker.  Wednesday, April 14th 1:00-2:00 pm EST.  Brought to you by Cigna.  Click here to register.  

Substance Abuse and Your Loved Ones: When someone you love struggles with addiction, it’s important to know you are not alone and also to take care of yourself.  Start with learning more about what addiction is, symptoms of drug use, an overview of withdrawal symptoms and more.  Understanding more about this chronic brain disease is a great start to process and cope in a healthy way.  Brought to you by New Directions Behavioral Health.  Wednesday, April 21 noon-1:00 or 3:00-4:00 pm EST.  Preregistration required.  Click here to register.  

Desktop Well-being: Simple Strategies for Staying Well While Working at Your Desk: Working at a desk all day can be hard on our bodies and minds. Aches and pains and brain fog can be more common than we’d like. Join Rebecca Schubert, GMHEC Employee Well-being Program Coordinator to learn about how you can stay well while working at your desk.  We’ll talk about setting your workstation up to support your body and mind as well as strategies to stay on track with nutrition and physical activity to enhance your well-being. Wednesday, April 21st 3:30-4:30 pm EST.  Zoom meeting ID 246 273 8284.  Password 135790.

Middlebury College and White River Junction VA Healthcare System Partner for a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic April 10

Middlebury College is partnering with the White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System to offer a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, April 10, for veterans and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees by scheduled appointment only. Veterans and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees by scheduled appointment only. 

The clinic is now open to spouses and caregivers of veterans too. These individuals do not need to be enrolled in VA care to get the vaccine. They should also call 802-296-5151 to make an appointment.

The White River Junction VA will administer the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine at the Middlebury College Athletics Complex on South Main Street. 

Complete details for this clinic are outlined below. Everyone must schedule an appointment by calling 802-296-5151.

Saturday, April 10, 2021 – Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

What: VA COVID-19 Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) Vaccination Clinic

Who: Veterans and pre-registered U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees, all ages

Veterans: If you would like to enroll, please call our Eligibility staff at 802-295-9363 ext. 5118 to begin your enrollment application or you can also email our enrollment office at VHAWRJEligibility@va.gov.

Veterans who typically do not receive care at VA still qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please reach out to the Eligibility Office for details.

DHS employees must register with their DHS leadership prior to scheduling an appointment.

When:

  • Saturday, April 10
  • Only one dose necessary with the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine.

Where: Middlebury College Athletics Complex
219 South Main Street, Middlebury, Vt.

Masks and physical distancing are required.

Please read our news story for more details.