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Winter Break Hours

The SPN Wellness Center will be closed from Saturday, 12/15/2018 through Tuesday, 1/1/2019 for Winter Break.
Normal hours of operation will resume on Wednesday, 1/2/2019.



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No Enrollment Fee for Fitness Program in December

Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018

The Fitness Program through UT SELECT and UT CONNECT will be waiving the enrollment fee (a value of $25) for eligible new members who sign up between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018.* Members will be asked to enter a coupon code, FIT4DEC, at checkout to qualify for the waived fee.**

The Fitness Program offers flexibility, convenience and ease for just one low monthly fee. Members have access to a nationwide network of more than 10,000 participating facilities so they can work out whether traveling, at home or at work.

Other features of the Fitness Program include:

  • Online enrollment and tracking.
  • Automatic monthly payment withdrawal.
  • No long-term contract required. Pay only $25 per member per month.
  • Access to discounts through a nationwide Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) network of 40,000 health and well-being providers such as massage therapists, personal trainers and nutrition counselors.

To enroll, members can log in to Blue Access for MembersSM and click "Fitness Program" in the Quick Links section.
They can also enroll by calling 888-762-BLUE (2583) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT (6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT).

* After Dec. 31, 2018, the regular enrollment fee of $25 will apply to all new memberships. Members must be 18 or older to join the Fitness Program.

** This offer cannot be combined with any other promotional offers.

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


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Great American Smokeout

November. 15, 11:30am - 1:30pm; Galaxy Room B

All staff, faculty and students are invited to attend the Great American SmokeOut on November 15.

Come out and learn about Tobacco Cessation Resources and Support to Quit.

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


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Free Flu Shots Available Oct. 30-31

October 30 - 31

Flu shot clinics for faculty, staff and retirees will be held Oct. 30 and 31 on campus, as well as Callier Center Dallas, the Center for Vital Longevity and the Center for BrainHealth. View the schedule and make an appointment online. Bring your Comet Card, insurance card and completed consent form to your appointment. Flu shots are free to employees with or without the accepted insurance. Vitamin B12 shots, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccines and tuberculosis skin tests will also be offered for additional fees.

NOTE: the date for the CVL Flu Clinics has changed to 11/7

For more information, download the flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )


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Register for the Fall Wellness Challenge: Yo Ho Ho

Registration: September 17 - October 8
Event: October 1 - 28

Want to go on an exciting pirate excursion to help you feel your best? Then today’s the day to get on board. In Yo Ho Ho, you’ll record exercise minutes or steps, plus gratitude, mindful eating and a Daily Quest activity, earning coins and artifacts as you build well-being habits that last long after your swashbuckling journey is over.

Once you sign up, why not grab 3-4 pals and create a team? This friendly competition is a great way to stay motivated and focused. Your adventure awaits! Register for Yo Ho Ho today at https://www.utlivingwell.com

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


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Dallas Heart Walk

September 8

Dallas Heart Walk, September 8

Gather by 8:30 a.m. at the base of Reunion Tower in Dallas on Saturday, September 8, to join the 2018 Dallas Heart Walk.

The American Heart Association is an integral player in the fight against heart disease and stroke. These diseases represent the number one and number five killers of men and women in the United States. The life-saving mission of the AHAAmerican Heart Association continues and UT Dallas is proud to support this cause.

There are three ways to participate:

  1. Become a Coach — We are currently looking for individuals to serve as Coaches who will recruit walkers for UT Dallas. If you are interested in serving as a Coach, please contact Taylor Tran (taylor.tran@utdallas.edu / 972.883.2072) or Aaron Chambers with AHAAmerican Heart Association (aaron.chambers@heart.org) and they will be happy to assist you with getting registered.
  2. Join a Team and Raise Funds — You can show your support for the AHAAmerican Heart Association and Heart Walk by registering to walk and raising money on the UT Dallas Heart Walk page. Join one of the registered teams, and from there you can quickly send an email message to family, friends and business associates asking for a donation.
  3. Support the Campaign — If you are unable to walk with us in September, you can still make an impact by supporting with a financial gift. No donation is too small, every little bit counts, and it quickly adds up. Please make your donation the UTD Individual Walkers page.

It will be great to see so many employees and students out to show their support! Again, thank you for your dedication and support of the American Heart Association. For information on the campaign, please feel free to contact this year’s Company Leader: Taylor Tran (taylor.tran@utdallas.edu / 972.883.2072).

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


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Mammograms on Campus

August 10

Get a Mammogram on June 8

The UT Southwestern mobile mammography unit will visit Lot T, north of Residence Hall North (RHN) on Friday, August 10. 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. Sponsored mammograms are available for patients without health care coverage.

Please contact benefits@utdallas.edu with any questions or concerns.

See this event in the Comet Calendar.


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Building Lives Without Violence

Lunch & Learn

August 10

Learn how to detect domestic violence and abuse, and how to assist someone going through it. Join us on August 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in JSOM 11.214 / JSOM 11.218) for a presentation on domestic violence.

Domestic violence/abuse does not discriminate. It affects people of all backgrounds. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender can be a victim —or perpetrator— of domestic violence. Most victims do not seek help because of fear or shame. Be the difference. Help build a safer world one life at a time.

Space is limited to 100 participants, so register online by July 31 to reserve your spot.

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


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Financial Wellness Presentations

July 23

Register online for one several financial wellness presentations being held on July 23, in the Student Union Dining Hall (SU 2.905A), between 1:10 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.:


1:10 p.m. 1:40 p.m.

Social Security and Your Retirement

Presented by Kevin Konkal


Social Security is an important element in retirement planning. This program explores the cost of retirement, as well as options for claiming and maximizing Social Security Benefits and how to bridge possible income gaps.
1:45 p.m. 2:10 p.m.

Take the First Step to Investing

Presented by Michael Quiroga

Fidelity Investments

In this presentation, we will take you through some key investing concepts and help you determine steps to take to get started with investing.
2:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m.

Does 403b + 457b Equal the Right Equation for You?

Presented by Jim Arrington

Voya Financial

You may be wondering – what’s the difference between 403(b) and 457(b) plans,besides a couple of numbers and letters in their names? Should you be saving pre-tax or ROTH? Is one plan “better” than the other? Your employer offers both types of plans, should you participate in one or both for your retirement? There is no single “right answer” when it comes to deciding on a retirement plan. It all depends on your specific career and retirement objectives. Join us as we examine the benefits and features of each plan before making a decision whether to participate in one or both to reach your secure financial future.
2:50 p.m. 3:20 p.m.

Market Bubbles

Presented by Janet Mooney and Lawrence Smith

Lincoln Financial Group

Understanding what a market bubble is and how to better manage the risks that market bubbles can pose to your savings.
3:25 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Charting Your Course: A Financial Guide for Women

Presented by Lori Cathey

TIAA [Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America]

This seminar will discuss challenges women face, i.e. your financial health and goals, and how to put it all together to create a financial plan to make your money work for you.


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Corporate Challenge Registration Now Open!

Corporate Challenge 2018

Registration for the 2018 Richardson Corporate Challenge is now open! This annual, Olympic-style competition brings local companies and organizations together to raise money for Special Olympics Texas and engage in friendly competition. The Challenge runs from August 10 to October 11 with a wide range of events, from softball and kickball to bowling and darts.

Download the event schedule (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ) and UT Dallas team signup sheet (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ), and return your completed form to CorporateChallenge@utdallas.edu. Also, save the date for this year’s Opening Ceremony and Great Walk on Friday, August 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Galatyn Plaza (2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, TX 75082).

Keep Up with Team UTD >>



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