No question, there’s plenty to keep Katie Mahoney and Amy Blaisdell busy in the Office of the Treasurer at the University of Southern Maine. But, that doesn’t keep them from stepping into their roles as campus Wellness Champions and seizing a unique opportunity to plan something special!
Brainstorming ideas with Natalie Jones, Meghan Schratz, and Lisa Eddy from the Office of Human Resources along with other creative and energetic Huskies recently resulted in a partnership to sponsor some new and exciting fitness and community-building concepts.
Wonder what that looks like?
InformingU@USM is part of a year long initiative to encourage employee engagement, some creative programming for the month of April has been developed and has campuses buzzing.
That’s right. April is shining a spotlight on wellness at USM and there are three programs inviting everyone in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston-Auburn to participate and share in the fun and fitness.
Maybe you’re feeling the Eastern Trail Event! Scheduled to take place on April 29, it’s a chance for employees to get outside and greet Spring no matter their workday schedule. And, because it’s set for a Saturday, the whole family can participate together in a 1-1.5-mile walk or hike.
Make plans to join in and get your T-shirt to not only commemorate your having taken part, but recognize your friends and colleagues along the way at the same time.
Want to learn more? Visit usm.maine.edu/wellness and what’s even better, participation in the Eastern Trail Event counts toward satisfying your Level II health plan incentive!
How about the USM Wellness Walk? It’s a simultaneous celebration of Spring set for April 20 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. when everyone on all three USM campuses is invited to step out on a 1-1.5-mile circuit of campus and join together in an activity happening at the same time in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston-Auburn.
Don’t forget to grab your complimentary water bottle, (save it to hydrate in the office as part of your ongoing fitness plan)!
Like the Eastern Trail Event, the USM Wellness Walk also counts toward fulfilling your Level II incentive.
Details are available at usm.maine.edu/wellness
And, as a reminder, everyone is invited to join in the Husky Day of Service event on Friday, April 14th.
Also counting toward Level II, this collaboration with the USM Office of Community Engagement offers
a unique blend of working on fitness while at the same time contributing special time and effort in support of friends and neighbors.
More information is available at:
Finally, our new Health Coaching partners, TrestleTree are coming to campus! Delivering seminars throughout April, topics include nutrition, physical health, and mental health, and these informative sessions are also qualifiers for
For the schedule of an event near you, please visit usm.maine.edu/wellness
While it is true that National Financial Literacy Month comes and goes without a parade or fly-over from a blimp, it is really a very good reminder of just how much each individual can do by taking an active role in their savings for retirement.
The pension partner for the University of Maine System is TIAA and building on the awareness that often accompanies an occasion such as National Financial Literacy Month, their investment professionals suggest a few simple steps to keep current with your retirement savings plans.
First, visit their Financial Literacy page at https://www.tiaa.org/public/land/nflmpart2017
Here you will find helpful tips on finding investment support and information on how to take advantage of potential tax benefits, ways to build up your savings and suggestions on what you might to remember as you make a plan for your investment efforts.
In keeping with TIAA’s theme for April, “A Little Knowledge Can Go A Long Way,” it’s really important to remember that you don’t have to be a financial expert to make smart decisions about your money. Take advantage of the tips, tools, and support that can help you improve your financial well-being throughout your life.
One of the smartest decisions you can make is to take advantage of the special support available through TIAA such as scheduling a meeting with a TIAA consultant. To see when a TIAA consultant will be visiting your workplace visit www.tiaa.org/schedulenow, select one of the available dates from the calendar and pick the time that works best for your consultation. Or call 800-732-8353 Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 8 PM (ET) to schedule an appointment.
Or, if you have just a few moments available, this month’s Sidebar Story on options for adjusting contributions to your retirement plan may be another great place to start.
Either way, you really don't have to be a financial expert to make smart decisions with your money!
So you can hear all the sweet sounds of life
1 in 9 Americans has hearing loss.2 But did you know there’s also a connection between hearing and vision loss?1 In fact, mature adults and diabetics are more likely to experience both.3
EyeMed’s top priority is your total health and wellness. We want you to enjoy all
life’s sights – and sounds – to the fullest. That’s why EyeMed members have access to affordable hearing care discounts through Amplifon, the world’s largest distributor of hearing aids and services.
Your Amplifon discount highlights:
Hearing and vision loss can go hand in hand.2
95% of hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids.2
Call 1-844-526-5432 to find a hearing care provider near you and schedule a hearing exam today.
1 Association Between Vision and Hearing Impairments and Their Combined Effects on Quality of Life, October 1, 2006, Vol 124, No. 10, http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=418658
3 Health Day, U.S. News: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/11/16/hearing-loss-tied-to-diabetes-in-study
Why is Cigna calling me?
Your employer offers you Cigna programs to help you get healthy and live well. We’re excited to get to know you, so we call you at home to talk about ways we can work together to help you manage your health.
Why do I get so many phone calls?
Your employer may offer you many different Cigna health programs, so you may receive calls from different Cigna specialists. They are all equally important, and designed to help in different ways.
Why should I answer the call?
Cigna’s here to help you manage your health however you need us, but we can’t help if you don’t pick up. When we call, we want to start a conversation so we can learn what’s important to you – whether that’s a chronic condition, making healthy choices, or filling a prescription. You may also be eligible for incentives for your participation.
If you aren’t able to answer the call right away, feel free to call when you have time. Our coaching programs are open for coaching appointments during the day and the evenings. Someone is always available to answer any immediate questions you have about your health. Every phone call is private and confidential. We always talk in easy-to-understand terms. And we’re not trying to sell you anything – we’re just calling to help you live a healthier life.
What happens on the call?
When you answer, you’ll be connected with a health advocate who will tell you their name and why they’re calling. They will help you determine the best way Cigna can assist you. If you decide you want to join the program, you’ll set up an appointment for your first coaching call. Free 1:1 coaching begins during the first coaching session.
Sometimes, we use an automated calling system to reach out to you. This is not a telemarketing service. We’ll ask you a few questions, then connect you with a live health advocate so you can make a coaching appointment and get started working on your health goals.
Health advocates are trained as registered nurses, behavioral specialists, health educators, exercise specialists or nutritionists – all supported by doctors and pharmacists.
Is it private?
Yes. Every call is private and confidential.
Why do you use an automated phone system?
To make a quick connection with you – like reminding you about an appointment or verifying your personal information before connecting you with a health advocate. You can always request to talk to a live health advocate at any time.
Do I have to wait for you to call me?
No! We’re happy you want to get started taking steps on the path to health right away. You can call us any time, day or night, by dialing the number on the back of your ID card. We’re available 24/7 to serve you, but only do coaching calls during working hours. If you call late at night or early in the morning, we’ll help you schedule a call during a time your health advocate is available.
What if I don’t want to get any more phone calls?
Ask the Cigna caller to remove you from the contact list, or call the number on the back of your ID card and ask for customer service.
What programs might you call me about?
Below is a list of programs we might call you about. These are programs your employer has chosen to help you take steps toward a healthier life, and you may be eligible for an incentive when you participate. We do our best to suggest programs you might be interested in by listening to you and looking at information like your health assessment answers, claim information, or if you miss preventive care a like mammogram or prostate exam.
STRESS, WEIGHT & TOBACCO
You’ll be connected to a health advocate who will work with you to create a personalized plan to quit smoking, maintain a healthier weight, or manage your stress.
HEALTH COACHING, TREATMENT DECISION SUPPORT OR CLOSING GAPS IN CARE
You may receive a call to verify personal information about a specific condition. Then, you’ll be connected to a health advocate who will help you get started.
Your health advocate will help you understand your condition, discuss treatment options, remind you to refill your prescription, visit your doctor or follow-up on other forms of care, or just help you learn how to develop healthier habits for a healthier you.
CHRONIC CONDITION SUPPORT
If you have a chronic condition, Cigna may be notified if you miss care you should have received based on evidence-based guidelines. If this happens, we might call you to talk about ways we can help you manage your care and your condition.
Your health advocate will help you create a personal care plan, understand medications or your doctor’s orders, identify triggers that affect your condition, learn your treatment options and know what to expect if you need to spend time in the hospital.
COACHING TO CLOSE GAPS IN CARE
At Cigna, we want to help you do everything you can to improve or maintain your health. If we notice that you’ve missed a doctor’s appointment in your care plan, haven’t refilled a prescription or have had a gap in your care that could affect your health, we may start a conversation about gaps during a regular coaching call to see how we can help.
If you’re already taking part in Cigna’s Case Management program, you’ll continue to receive your regular calls. If there’s been a gap in your care that could affect your health, your case manager may bring it up during your regular call.
If you’ve signed up for Cigna’s CoachRx Service or participate in TheraCare, you may get calls that remind you to fill your prescription medication or calls from your personalized therapy support coordinators. You may also get calls explaining the benefits of filling your prescriptions at Cigna Home Delivery Pharmacy. If you already fill your prescriptions through Cigna Home Delivery Pharmacy, you may get calls regarding your order status, refills and prescription renewals.
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