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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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Virtual Benefits & Wellness Fair

Kickoff Events: July 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

24/7 Online Access: July 20 – July 31

UT Dallas will be hosting a Virtual Benefits and Wellness Fair from July 20 – July 31, 2020. This year’s theme is Smart Benefits Shopping – featuring games, presentations, interactive experiences, prizes and 24/7 access to information. Come and visit the virtual benefits fair mall, where you can shop and find the best suited benefits for you and your family. To enter the mall, please visit the Virtual Benefits Fair website, download the UTD Benefits Fair App at Google Play Store or Apple App Store, or download the interactive PDF. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day and announced via the benefits fair app. Enjoy your benefits shopping!

The UT Dallas Annual Benefits Enrollment will be July 15-31, 2020. You can log on to My UT Benefits and follow the on-screen instructions to update or change your benefits selections at any point during this timeframe.

For more info, view the event flyer.

 

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Mammograms on Campus

August 14, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The UT Southwestern mobile mammography unit will visit the Loading Zone North of the Activity Center on Friday, August 14. Call 214.645.2560 or 866.277.0710 with your health insurance information to schedule an appointment for any time from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day. Most insurance plans are accepted.

CDC safety precautions will be followed: Only one patient allowed at a time in the mobile unit, temperature checks will be done and masks are required.

Download our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ), or contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

 

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FREE Virtual Fitness Classes

Naturally Slim®

Although we don't yet know when social distancing will end, it is still possible to stay healthy. Current circumstances have changed the way we conduct our lives, especially in how we are challenged to stay fit while staying at home. But even with restrictions, we still have choices. BCBSTX has partnered with Tivity Health to provide UT System employees with FREE Virtual Fitness Classes.

What's new: Tivity Health (who administers the Well onTarget® Fitness program) is introducing Prime® Live Virtual Classes, made available through Tivity's Prime Network. Participants can enjoy a variety of live, full-length fitness classes hosted through ZOOM* from the comfort of home and at no additional cost. The classes are open to all employees – you don't have to be Fitness program members.

Classes include:

  • Boot Camp
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Strength training
  • Cardio-interval workouts and more

It's easy to register. Participants go to this registration linkand provide your name and email address. Once enrolled, you can RSVP for classes of interest and will receive an email confirmation with a ZOOM link to access the class shortly after registering.

The Fitness Program is provided by Tivity Health™, an independent contractor that administers the Prime Network of fitness locations. The Prime Network is made up of independently owned and operated fitness locations.

*Zoom is a third-party provider and is not owned or operated by Tivity Health or its affiliates. Users who access Prime Live Virtual classes are subject to Zoom's terms and Conditions. Users must have internet service to access Prime Live Virtual classes. Internet service charges are the responsibility of the users.

By clicking this link, you will go to a new website/app ("site"). This new site may be offered by a vendor or an independent third party. The site may also contain non-Medicare related information. In addition, some sites may require you to agree to their terms of use and privacy policy.

 

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Naturally Slim®

Apply between June 8 and 19;
Program starts July 6

It’s the perfect time to get (and stay) healthy—both physically and mentally. While things may feel out of your control right now, UT Benefits has partnered with Naturally Slim to help you take control of your health at no cost to you.

Naturally Slim could help you:

  1. Reach your weight loss goals. Without getting off track.
  2. Break those old habits. Trade in mindless snacking for mindful eating.
  3. Relieve stress and anxiety. Manage how you cope and react.
  4. Build your immunity. Help fight off illnesses by practicing self-care.

Space is limited. Apply between June 8-19, 2020 at www.naturallyslim.com/LivingWell.

The Naturally Slim program starts July 6, 2020 and is available to all UTSELECT and UT CONNECT medical plan members age 18 and above, including employees, retirees, spouses and dependents who have not participated in the last 12 months.

For more info, download our flyer. (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )

 

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Wellness Webinars

May 27 & 28, 2020

 

Hinge Health Demo
Wednesday, May 27, noon - 12:30 p.m.

Join in to learn more about this musculoskeletal wellness solution covered at 100% for UT SELECT medical plan members.
Registration: Register online to receive the webinar information.

For more info, view our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).

 

Omada Demo
Thursday, May 28, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join in to learn how Omada can help you form healthy habits to prevent type 2 diabetes. Omada is covered at 100% for UT SELECT medical plan members.
Registration: Register online to receive the webinar information.

For more info, view our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).

 

Livongo Demo
Thursday, May 28, 11:30 a.m. - noon

Join in to learn more about this diabetes and hypertension management program covered at 100% for UT SELECT medical plan members.
Registration: Register online to receive the webinar information.

For more info, view our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).

 

MDLIVE Demo
Thursday, May 28, noon - 12:30 p.m.

Join in to learn more about virtual doctor and behavioral health visits covered at 100% for UT SELECT medical plan members.
Registration: Register online to receive the webinar information.

For more info, view our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ).

 

Financial Webinar: The University of Texas System Retirement Program
Wednesday, May 27, 11:00 a.m. – noon

Join Brandon Dyson from TIAA to learn about the UT System Retirement Program so that you can be informed about options available for your retirement planning and savings needs.

Join Webex meeting
Meeting number (access code): 593 050 125
Meeting password: h43uBMBkMa2

Join by phone
+1-212-231-3875 US Toll
1-877-243-6948 US Toll Free

 

 

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Work of Art Wellness Challenge

Work of Art is an emotional fitness campaign designed to help you learn skills that boost happiness and foster resilience. Living an emotionally healthy life is an art, but the activities and habits that lead to long-term success are grounded in science: enhancing mindfulness, sharing gratitude, increasing optimism, and strengthening connections.

Every Monday during Work of Art you’ll receive details and guidance on 1 new activity from each of these categories:

  • Mindfulness
  • Gratitude
  • Optimism
  • Connection
  • Collage (miscellaneous)

Aim to complete 1 or 2 healthy activities at least 4 times each week. Pick activities that matter to you. You can repeat them and/or skip around. Logging begins Monday, May 4.

Important Dates

  • Registration: April 20 - May 8
  • Challenge: May 4 - 31
  • Last day to log: June 2

Goal

  • Weekly Goal = 100 points (equivalent to one completed work of art)
  • Overall Goal (weekly goal X 4 weeks) = 400 points. In order to earn the reward, participants need to earn 400 points.

Opt in today: Work of Art is an emotional fitness campaign designed to help you learn skills that boost happiness and foster resilience. You can choose habits to enhance mindfulness, share gratitude, increase optimism, and make stronger connections. Register at www.utlivingwell.com.

Work of Art Demo Webinars. These are open to faculty and staff across the UT System. Please join the webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

For more info, download our flyer. (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.

MDLIVE

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

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

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.

hingehealth

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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Cardiovascular Screening Event

February 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

HR Benefits Suite, AD 3.418

Cardiovascular screenings can help identify potential risk that could lead to a stroke or heart attack. Screenings include:

  • Carotid ultrasound – screens for plaque in the carotid arteries to detect and help prevent strokes.
  • Duplex ultrasound of extremities - screens for narrowing or blockage in the lower extremities.

Register here or call 972-330-1290 to secure your appointment time.

*Screening is covered with no out of pocket cost for employees on the UTD insurance plan.

Download our flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ), or contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

 

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UT System Heart Walk

Join the 10-minute UT System-wide walk for heart health! Meet at the Margaret McDermott Trellis Plaza on Friday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. Can’t make it to the Trellis Plaza? Walk with your co-workers at your building or join groups walking at:

This year heart walk coincides with National Wear Red Day. Join us to raise awareness of heart health issues and wear RED to support women's heart health.

Everyone who walks will receive a heart healthy pin as a reminder to love your heart every day!

For more info, download our flyer. (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )

 

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Naturally Slim® is back!

Here's a New Year’s Resolution: NO MORE DIETING.
You don't have to give up your favorite foods to feel your best and improve your health.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Spoiler alert: It's not.

With Naturally Slim®, you don't need to count points or calories, eat boring meals or buy special food. All you need is an open mind and a little bit of time, so you can build lifelong, healthy habits to lose weight, feel fantastic and reduce your risk of developing chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Since Naturally Slim is an online, video-based program, you can complete it using any internet-connected device — including your smartphone. And the best part? UT Benefits is giving you the chance to participate in Naturally Slim at NO COST to you.

Apply between January 6 - 17, 2020 at www.naturallyslim.com/LivingWell.

The Naturally Slim program starts February 3, 2020 and is available to all UT SELECT and UT CONNECT medical plan members age 18 and above, including employees, retirees, spouses and dependents who have not participated in the last 12 months.

For more info, download our flyer. (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )

 

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2020 Live Healthy Campaign:
Right This Weigh

Registration Period: January 6 – February 3

Challenge Dates: January 27 – March 8

Right This Weigh is a simple, creative approach to maintaining a healthy weight for life — based on numerous studies of individuals who have lost weight and kept it off. Participants travel along famous trails as they practice healthy habits. No special foods, meal plans, or restrictions. Just easy-to-remember, everyday habits that produce consistent, long-term results.

The Challenge:
In this 6-week program, your goal is to travel 300 virtual miles (50 miles/week) on trails around the globe by recording daily health habits. Earn 250+ points to receive a UTD Apron to help you continue the healthy habits all year round.

Some important dates:

  • Monday, January 27: First day to log activity. Begin recording health habits, and watch your trails come to life.
  • Monday, February 3: Registration and team formation deadline. Last day to register and form or join a team of 3-5.
  • Sunday, March 8: Program ends. But you may backlog until Monday, March 9.
  • Log your weight every Monday: Each week, you’ll have until Tuesday at 11:59 PM CT to enter your weight for the week.

Get on the path to feeling your best! Registration begins January 6. See Living Well for more information.

Download the Flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )

 

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