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UT System Heart Walk and Livongo Webinar

Heart Walk: February 5, 10 am

Join the 10-minute UT System-wide walk for heart health on campus or at home!

  • UT System Heart Walk date: February 5 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes.
  • Wear red! This coincides with National Wear Red day.
  • Share your heart walk pics or videos: tag #utheartwalk

Join your colleagues virtually to raise awareness to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease and wear RED to support women’s heart health.

Let’s see all the red! Email your pics/videos to [email protected] and receive a heart-healthy reward!

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

Livongo Webinar
Date: February 17, 2021
Time: noon - 12:30 p.m. CST
Registration: https://www.cvent.com/d/kjqn5h

The Livongo programs provide advanced devices, free strips, personalized insights, and expert support — all working together to help you improve and simplify your health. Join us to learn more about the Livongo for Diabetes Management and Hypertension Solutions. These programs are available at no cost to UT SELECT Members. Register here to save the date!

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


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Naturally Slim® Spring Session

Application period: January 11 - 22, 2021
Program starts: February 8, 2021.

Face forward into the New Year by focusing on your health and weight loss goals with Naturally Slim® (NS). Give yourself some grace and start the New Year off strong with NS.

UT Benefits is giving you the opportunity at no cost. No gimmicks. No food you need to buy. Through NS’s weekly videos, you’ll build lifelong healthy habits that can improve your physical and mental health. Space is limited. Visit www.naturallyslim.com/LivingWell to apply and learn more.

Available to all UTSELECT and UT CONNECT medical plan members ages 18 and above, including employees, retirees, spouses, and dependents who have not started a class within in the last 12 months. Contact customer service at [email protected] for questions or additional information.

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2021 Live Healthy Campaign: Coast to Coast

Registration Period: January 4 – January 25
Challenge Dates: January 18 – February 28

Welcome 2021 with the trip of a lifetime... from Coast to Coast. Your destination to feeling your best is just ahead. Don't miss the chance to take a fun-filled, nostalgic road trip to some of America's most popular attractions -- as you build well-being habits that last long after your shore-to-shore adventure is over. In this nostalgic 6-week wellness adventure, your Coast to Coast goal is to earn 150 points (25+ points/week) by logging physical activity, plus sleep and no sugar-sweetened beverages. Earn 150+ points and receive a “Wellness Recharged” wireless charging pad to keep you moving and to continue the healthy habits all year round.

Some important dates:

  • Monday, January 18: First day to log activity. Begin recording health habits and start your shore-to-shore adventure.
  • Monday, January 25: Registration and team formation deadline. Last day to register and form or join a team of 3-5.
  • Sunday, February 28: Program ends. But you may backlog until Tuesday, March 2.

Don’t miss out on all the fun of this nostalgic road trip as you learn and practice energy-boosting, good mood-inducing habits!

Registration begins January 4. See Living Well for more information.

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


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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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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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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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