Sometimes all of the various activities and options offered through the University of Maine Wellness Program don’t quite exactly match the interests of an employee or group of employees.
Or, there are some other great ideas about creative ways to focus on fitness throughout the year.
That’s where a Campus Wellness Champion can play a key role in keeping everything and EVERYONE moving!
Take Joyce Plourde and her colleagues at UMFK for example.
To take advantage of a streak of great weather, getting outdoors, and having fun
with friends at the same time, employees worked to plan a Bike, Run, Walk event
along the community’s Heritage Trail.
Working together, the proposal was developed and submitted for approval for
Level Two qualification and a taxable $100 cash award come December. It didn’t
take long for the reviewers to see the potential benefit of some homegrown ingenuity
The green light…the UMFK green light…quickly followed and on
Wednesday, July 11 fourteen Bengals braved the noonday sun to walk, jog,
and bike along the Rail Trail…half an hour out from the Cyr Hall rallying point
and thirty minutes back.
Whether it’s snowshoes or Bike-Run-Walk, count on UMFK to keep moving toward healthier and happier lifestyles!
Want to Learn More About Level Two and How to Tailor Activities for Campus Interests?
Visit the 2018 Wellness Guide and Pages 19-21
TrestleTree Health Coaches can provide lots of great information on personal wellness tailored to individual needs, but also have access to some super tips that can be useful across the board all the way
to that grill in the backyard.
Hilary shares ten pointers that help keep her family focused on nutrition and
healthy eating all summer long:
To Keep in Mind While You Shop and While You Grill
Fish and lean cuts of meat are great on the grill; be sure to remove fat and skin.
Limit consumption of processed meats that are frequently cooked on the grill (i.e. kielbasa, hotdogs, etc.)
Be aware of sauces packed with sugar and/or salt that are typically used on meats for flavor and/or condiments.
Look into using fresh herbs with olive oil or a marinade to flavor your meat.
Foil packets are a great, mess-free way to cook lean protein and vegetables on the grill.
Zucchini, asparagus, and summer squash cook up great on the grill.
Kabobs are an easy and fun way to add vegetables to your grilled meal.
Add lots of color to create variety in your vegetables.
Choose healthier sides: pick green salads and fruit salads over potato and pasta salads.
Pineapple, peaches, apples and plums grill up for a nice, healthy dessert.
For University of Maine System employees, July means adjustments in compensation and an opportunity to review monthly income with an eye toward possible increases to retirement savings.
Much as there are always clear needs for any additional dollars that come from annual increases, an option not to be overlooked is the potential to direct all or a part of the raise to your future retirement.
Three great reasons to consider adjusting your contributions to your University of Maine System Retirement Plan:
Not certain whether it’s the right move? Need some help figuring out how to implement
even a slight adjustment?
You don’t have to make important decisions on saving for retirement on your own. A TIAA financial consultant can help at no additional charge.
You can meet with a TIAA financial consultant on your campus or over the phone. In some areas, you can also meet at a local TIAA office.
To schedule a session, visit TIAA.org/schedulenow or call TIAA at 800-732-8353 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).
How Your TrestleTree Health Coaches Spent Their Summer (Vacation?)
Ever wonder how those who help guide and mentor our own wellness efforts find time for their own fitness?
Here’s how TrestleTree coaches Kyle, Lynn and Hilary are spending their summer vacation…finding that work/life balance so important to maintain moving forward.
Summer is my favorite time of year because we live in Maine! I love to play pickleball, kayak,
and paddleboard and be on the water as much as possible. The other activity I love
(and it is year-round) is keeping up with my three and six-year-old grandkids.
Summer is my favorite time of year to focus on health. I typically recommend adding
health habits to existing life joys to improve health. I love to read, spend time with my
family and be outdoors. Family hiking and running with my dog are two ways I fit exercise
into my summer routine. I also read eBooks when running on the treadmill during poor weather. I love to garden, and the fresh fruits and vegetables are used for our meals and snacks.
Fresh salmon along with vegetable kabobs are a family favorite. The grill is a wonderful way
to consume a healthy meal with limited clean up. However, beware of the processed meats
and high sugar sauces that are used while grilling.
I find it much easier to stick with my exercise in the summer months
by doing something I really enjoy outside. Living in Maine, our
summers are far too short! I really love to make the most of them.
During the summer, I book extra time on my lunch hour and I head over
to the track for a workout. I used to compete in Track and Field at
the University of Maine at Orono, so participating in the events or doing
a track workout is something I really enjoy. On the sunny days, I
get outside, enjoy some sun, and improve my health. It's something
that works really well for me. On the rainy days, I use the extra time to go
to the gym. I find it is important to not forget about my gym routine in the summer months because it makes it much harder to adhere to when winter comes around again. I highly suggest a lunch time routine to anyone who works with a schedule that is flexible enough. It breaks up your day, reduces your work stress, and it is highly motivating! You already booked the time off... what else are you going to do!?
So, you’ve heard of the Cigna Telehealth Connection, but
want to know more about how it actually works?
That’s a fair question and there is a helpful video available to demonstrate one of Cigna's Telehealth Connection partners, MDLive
Accessing a certified physician 24/7/365 is a two-step process that is quick, convenient and can provide some real relief for minor medical situations long after your PCP’s office has closed.
And, the cost savings are clear when it comes to avoiding the high charges that come with visits to an urgent care outlet or to an emergency room.
And, don’t forget the Cigna Telehealth Connection’s other partner, Amwell too!
They’re both great options and available to you as a benefits-eligible employee of the
University of Maine System
Log in to myCigna.com, click on “Review My Coverage” and click on your Employee Assistance Program
Usable on all devices
New ability to invite and share EAP information with household members
Extended Click-to-Chat hours for assistance
(Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Search tool for ease of finding information
Yes, it’s true…all the employee assistance services you’ve come to count upon for support and information have a new home, but it’s all about location, location, and location now that EAP is housed within the myCigna.com web site.
Trouble logging in? Cigna has that covered too with their “Help Desk” available at 1-800-853-2713 or feel free to use the chat option as well.
Your Employee Assistance Program, (EAP)… a new address, but still your neighbor!
Savvy shoppers know how to get the best deals when buying a new phone, booking a flight or using coupons at the store. Health care is another big expense you might target for trimming costs, but it’s more complicated. There are multiple layers to peel back to understand the costs and find ways to save money. Here are some ways you can get started.
Make the most of your health insurance.
Find out what’s covered before you need to use it. Also be sure to find
doctors in your plan’s network, and ask for medications covered on your plan’s
list of approved drugs. If you’re unsure about coverage, call your insurance carrier for
Ask questions in the doctor’s office.
Learn more before moving forward with tests or treatments. It’s okay to
ask your provider if a test is necessary. Don’t hesitate to let your doctor know if
you’ve had the same test already with another provider. Be sure to ask your
provider if there’s a generic version of the medication
you’ve been prescribed.
Compare the cost of care.
Ask how much a specific service, test or treatment will cost. This is particularly
important if you have a high-deductible plan where you pay a significant
amount for your health care out-of-pocket.
Take advantage of preventive care.
See your healthcare provider for regular health screenings and vaccines.
Doing so can help keep illness at bay or catch a problem
at its earliest, most treatable and least expensive stage.
Shop around for prescription drugs.
The prices for certain drugs may be higher or lower at different
pharmacies. If you have a health plan, you will usually have lower
out-of-pocket costs if you use a pharmacy in your plan’s
network. Also, using generic medications instead of
brand‑name drugs (when available) can help you
Get your care at the right place.
You can save time and money by choosing the right level of care for your
situation. For serious medical issues that are not a true emergency (not life-threatening), consider using an urgent care facility. For minor issues,
see if your primary care provider is available or consider using a convenience
care clinic. If you have a health plan, you may also have access to telehealth services which can be an affordable alternative when your doctor isn’t available.
Use 24-hour health information services.
Take advantage of this service if it’s available to you. With one easy phone call, you can talk to an experienced nurse who can help you decide whether your condition warrants a trip to the doctor’s office or emergency room.
This is intended to be general health information and not medical advice or services. You should consult your doctor for medical advice or services, including seeking advice before undertaking a new diet or exercise program.
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Level II Wellness Webinars from Your TrestleTree Health Coaches
Whether you are curious about a health topic, looking for more information, trying to understand how you can make healthy lifestyle changes, and/or interested in meeting your Level II incentive, join TrestleTree for these upcoming live webinars with your Health Coaches. Aimed at helping you understand and improve your health, look for practical and useful ideas that can be tailored for your own life!
Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes: Moving Beyond Knowledge into Action
Tuesday, March 27th 1:00-2:00pm ET
Understand more about diabetes and pre-diabetes, as well as learn key strategies for lifestyle changes to lower your risk. Don’t be content just being aware - learn how you may be able to take action to lower your risk. Topics will include the risks and symptoms of diabetes and pre-diabetes, as well as how nutrition, exercise, emotional/mental health and medication can all play a role.
Join your TrestleTree Health Coach, Lynn Bauer, RN, CDE, for this live webinar. Click on the link below to Register, or call 1-855-580-2797 with questions. We look forward to partnering with you for better health!
Join us for future Level II Wellness Webinars from your TrestleTree Health Coaches aimed at keeping you focused on your health year-round:
Musculoskeletal Health: Not So Much a Pain in Your Neck
Thursday, June 14th 2:00-3:00pm ET
Look for registration news in upcoming Healthy & Maine newsletters to join your TrestleTree Health Coach, Kyle St. Peter, B.S., for this live webinar.
Cardiovascular Health: Loving Your Health and Taking Care of You
Thursday, September 20th 2:00-3:00pm ET
Look for registration news in upcoming Healthy & Maine newsletters to join your TrestleTree Health Coach, Lynn Bauer, RN, CDE, for this live webinar.
Depression: One Step at a Time
Tuesday, November 13th 1:00-2:00pm ET
Look for registration news in upcoming Healthy & Maine newsletters to join your TrestleTree Health Coach, Hilary Freeman, RD, LD, for this live webinar.
In the coming months, your Healthy & Maine newsletter will provide helpful tips on how to take advantage of your self-service source, MaineStreet.
You’ll want to pay special attention because later on in 2018, the MaineStreet platform will receive a significant upgrade featuring even greater convenience and access for each employee as you seek to maintain your information and accounts, track leave balances, and submit time sheets for approval, etc.
Something that won’t ever change is the need to maintain an updated beneficiary designation on your University of Maine System insurance policies. Life events can have a big impact on your preferences and it’s a good idea to name, change, or confirm your beneficiaries at least once a year.
Enter MaineStreet via your UMS Employee Portal:
Click MaineStreet on the top row of the button array
Click Employee Self-Service
Click Benefits Summary
Click Life, Supplemental Life, AD & D, (Employee always beneficiary for child and spouse)
Click Edit, (make your changes if any)
Remember, for your TIAA beneficiaries, you will need to log into your account at TIAA.org. Under My Account, select Change Beneficiaries from the Profile section. From there, you can designate beneficiaries and select how much each should receive. If you prefer, you can complete a paper form and return it by mail. To have a form mailed to you, call TIAA at 1-800-842-2252.
And remember, you can change your UMS Life Insurance or TIAA beneficiaries at any time.
Ensure Your Prescriptions Are Not Interrupted
As you may know, the merger of Walgreen’s and Rite-Aid did not move forward to completion, but in the aftermath of the deal being terminated, Walgreen’s did purchase half of Rite-Aid’s stores, almost 2,000 locations, many of them in the northeast and in Maine.
Locally, that means that at some point in near the future, Maine will no longer have any Rite-Aid pharmacies and eventually those who had filled their prescriptions at Rite-Aid will need to transition to an appropriate Walgreen’s pharmacy.
Currently, Cigna, the University of Maine System healthcare plan provider, believes that the Rite-Aid and Walgreen’s data banking will be configured in such a way that previous prescriptions will be honored.
Important Note: Cigna will provide coverage with Walgreen’s customers just as it supported Rite-Aid customers. However, employees should check with their local pharmacy to ensure that the prescription is in place with Walgreen’s moving forward to avoid any interruptions or issues of accessibility.
Depending upon your individual circumstances and location, this may be an exceptionally good time to consider Cigna’s Qwik-Switch feature to home delivery. For more information, please call Cigna Home Delivery Pharmacy at 800-285-4812.