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Retirement Planning Expo

Attend sessions on saving, investing, and estate planning to help you prepare for retirement, October 24-25, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Alexander Clark Center Auditorium. To attend, please register online by October 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Free Employee Flu Shots

Faculty, staff, and student workers who present their proof of insurance can receive flu shots free of charge, on November 7-8, 2013, at several locations around campus. Sign up online to get a copy of your consent form in advance. Fill it out before you arrive to get in and out quickly!


November 7 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Resource and Operations Center, ROC 2.102
  9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Founders Building, Second Floor Atrium
  10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Callier Center Dallas
  2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Center for BrainHealth
November 8 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Attrium between North and South Engineering and Computer Science
  9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Facilities Management, Training Room
  10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Center for Vital Longevity

Download the “Fight the Flu” Flyer (PDF [Portable Document Format File] )

Wellness Tests Nutrition

Shayla Holub and Paula AustellWellness Committee members Brain Sciences Professor Shayla Holub and Development and Alumni Relations Director Paula Austell quiz students on nutrition on the mall during Welcome Week.

Nora PenaUpon quizzing a student, HR’s Nora Pena hands over a prize after hearing the correct answer.

Multiple-Choice QuestionA student reads a multiple-choice question on the back of a picture of a piece of fruit. Professor Shayla Holub and Development Director Paula Austell anxiously await his answer.

Sharing a LaughHR’s Nora Pena and Marita Hawkins share a laugh with a student on the mall during Welcome Week.

Get Up! Get Out! Get Going!

Join the UT System Physical Activity Challenge

Get Up! Get Out! Get Going!

The UT Dallas Wellness Program and UT System are challenging you to “Get Up! Get Out! And Get Going!” The UT System Physical Activity Challenge is an online, six-week challenge that begins May 1. To participate in the challenge, you must register at

UT Dallas, our institution, is your team, so get together with your co-workers and find ways to put physical activity into your day. Take a walk at lunch, meet up at the gym, encourage each other to get moving — and keep track of what you do. The institution with the greatest percentage of activity logged will be awarded the coveted “Traveling Trophy!”

Are you ready? Join today:

  • The Physical Activity Challenge begins on Wednesday, May 1, and ends on Wednesday, June 12
  • Registration is open now through Tuesday, May 7
  • Your goal is to complete 150 minutes of physical activity weekly (half an hour a day, five days a week for six weeks)
  • Visit the Living Well Health Platform’s Cardio Log to log your activity under the “Exercise” heading
  • There will be “real-time” standings by institution available on the Platform throughout the challenge
  • Not a UT Select medical plan member? You can still participate. Email Nora Pena ( to receive the Physical Activity Challenge log form
  • The winning institution will be announced shortly after the Challenge ends and will have the honor of hosting the Activity Challenge Traveling Trophy for the year
  • Members with the most activity logged will receive individual recogition and all personal success stories will be highlighted

This year’s challenge is being hosted through the Living Well Health Platform powered by Provant and is fully supported by each institution’s Wellness Program. By logging your physical activity, you can help UT Dallas come out on top!

Accept the challenge at Don’t miss out!

Take your Health Assessment and earn points toward a $25 Gift Card. Learn more at

The New Living Well Health Platform Has Launched!

Living Well

Platform tools include:

  • Health Log
  • Health Assessment and Reports
  • Wellness Workshops
  • Food Log
  • Recipe Analyzer
  • Weight Tracker
  • Meal Planner
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise Planners
  • Health Library
  • 24/7 Dietitian/Trainer
  • Incentive Summary
  • Screening Results
  • and more!

Take your Health Assessment and earn points toward a $25 Gift Card. Learn more at

10 for 10 on Valentine’s Day

Get a jump start on your day and walk @ 10 for 10!!

Walk inside, walk outside. Can’t get away … then walk in place. Just Walk!

Human Resources staffers (pictured top left, from left to right) Thi Nguyen, Nora Pena, Marita Hawkins, Debra York, Roberta Rocheleau and Tina Sharpling returned to the office after getting 10 minutes of exercise at 10:00 a.m. on Valentine’s Day.

At 10:00 a.m., Feb. 14, UT Dallas students, faculty and staff are urged to walk or exercise for 10 minutes in support of wellness.

For more information, visit UT System’s Living Well website.

Thi Nguyen, Nora Pena, Marita Hawkins, Debra York, Roberta Rocheleau and Tina Sharpling
10 for 10

10 Week Wellness Challenge

Dr. Jamison and Wellness Participants

Dr. Jamison and Wellness participants broke through the banner at the start of the 10-Week Wellness Challenge.

This indoor walk across campus to launch the challenge started from the lobby of TI Auditorium in South Engineering and Computer Science building and concluded in the Administration building at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 28.

For more information or to register for the Wellness Challenge, visit

Go Red for February

Members of the Human Resources Department Wore Red

Members of the Human Resources department wore red on Friday, February 1, in support of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign to raise awareness that heart disease is the Number One killer of women.

Wear red on Friday, February 1 as a reminder that your Heart Health starts with you! Since heart disease is the #1 killer in the U.S., it’s time to take responsibility …

  • Control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
  • Don’t smoke! If you smoke now, it’s time to quit.
  • Get active for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Avoid being overweight or obese.
  • Eat right, emphasizing fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Take time to manage stress by getting enough rest and relaxation.
  • Have a cardiac disease risk assessment.

Visit for more information.

The Challenge Begins January 28

10-Week Wellness Challenge

The 10-Week Wellness Challenge, a team-based weight-loss and physical activity program, will run January 28 through April 5, 2013.

Vice President for Administration Calvin Jamison will lead the kickoff walk at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 28, from the lobby of TI Auditorium in South Engineering and Computer Science.

Students, faculty and staff can sign up now at

At registration, payment for your entire team is required. Cost is $20 per person. UT Dallas’ group code is LHDUTD.

The first team to register will have its fees reimbursed. The first three teams to register will receive a prize.

For more information, call 972.883.2213.