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Sister-to-Sister: Free Workout Wednesday for Middle School Girls

Middlebury College’s Sister-to-Sister Program is inviting all middle school and 6thgrade girls to four Workout Wednesdays starting on April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Directed by female-identified college students, Sister-to-Sister aims to support middle school students and 6th graders to reach their fullest potential. During the pandemic, the program has switched to an online format and teamed up with certified coach Sal Nakhlawi. Since graduating from Middlebury in 2019, Sal has founded StrongHER Girls, a movement dedicated to teaching girls, women, and folx of marginalized identities how to empower themselves to be strong, from the inside-out. As a recreational powerlifter, the former president of the student organization Women of Color sought a positive, nurturing community for her health and wellness practices. Since weight rooms are often male-dominated, she had trouble finding one—so she created one herself. Over the past year, Sal has been featured in magazines such as Women’s Health and Self.

On Workout Wednesdays in April, Sal will break down every exercise to guarantee optimal form and maximum effect. Sal mixes short, uplifting questions in the series of exercises and invites participants to reflect on them for a couple of minutes. Workout Wednesday will add some much-needed movement to the remote school days. 

For more information or to register, contact Karin Hanta: khanta@middlebury.edu, phone (802)458-2742.

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. 

IRS Warns University Students and Staff of Impersonation Email Scam

The Internal Revenue Service have warned of an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam that appears to primarily target educational institutions, including students and staff who have “.edu” email addresses.

The IRS’ phishing@irs.gov has received complaints about the impersonation scam in recent weeks from people with email addresses ending in “.edu.” The phishing emails appear to target university and college students from both public and private, profit and non-profit institutions.

Taxpayers who believe they have a pending refund can easily check on its status at “Where’s My Refund?” on IRS.gov. 

The suspect emails display the IRS logo and use various subject lines such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.” It asks people to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund.

The phishing website requests taxpayers provide their:

  • Social Security Number
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Prior Year Annual Gross Income (AGI)
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Current Address
  • City
  • State/U.S. Territory
  • ZIP Code/Postal Code
  • Electronic Filing PIN

People who receive this scam email should not click on the link in the email, but they can report it to the IRS. For security reasons, save the email using “save as” and then send that attachment to phishing@irs.gov or forward the email as an attachment to phishing@irs.gov. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and IRS Criminal Investigation have been notified.

Taxpayers who believe they may have provided identity thieves with this information should consider immediately obtaining an Identity Protection PIN. This is a voluntary opt-in program. An IP PIN is a six-digit number that helps prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns in the victim’s name.  Taxpayers who attempt to e-file their tax return and find it rejected because a return with their SSN already has been filed should file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, to report themselves as a possible identity theft victim. See Identity Theft Central to learn about the signs of identity theft and actions to take. 

Middlebury employees who are interested can take advantage of the MSA Credit and Identity monitoring benefit at no extra cost – see flyer below for details.