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Insurance Insights

Expanded Wellness and Preventive Health Benefits

Effective September 1, 2008, the University of Texas System UT SELECT Medical Plan will expand the Wellness and Preventive Health Services package to include colonoscopy benefits paid at 100% (if performed by a network physician at a network facility). Read more about the new colonoscopy benefit and other features of the expanded wellness program.

Retirement Corner

Asset Allocation 101

Asset allocation involves dividing an investment portfolio among different asset categories, such as stocks, bonds, and cash. The process of determining which mix of assets to hold in your portfolio is a very personal one. The asset allocation that works best for you at any given point in your life will depend largely on your time horizon and your ability to tolerate risk. Read these helpful points.

Wellness Wise

The Wellness Guide to Preventive Care

A recent government study showed that more than half of all Americans do not receive many of the important preventive services they need—that is, immunizations, screening tests for early detection of disease, and education about healthy habits and injury prevention. Why not? Read more about this topic and what Wellness Preventive Health Services you should consider .

America On the Move: UT System Ultimate Challenge Final Results!

As for the challenge, every institution was a winner. We had a total of 5,319 registered participants and were able to get non-active employees to become active and also, create awareness of resources and programs available to our members (employees, retirees and dependents). So thank you all again; without your support this would have not happened. Now we do have to crown a winner for our 2008 institution challenge. This institution did an excellent job promoting the program with the involvement of Senior Management, HR/Benefits and Wellness Champions. Our 2008 UT System Physical Activity Challenge winner is UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Congratulations!

We presented the Traveling Trophy to UT Health Science Center San Antonio on July 24th. See program results and award ceremony photos.

Continue the challenge: Even though the UT System competition is over, you can continue using the free tool. For more details, go to the America On the Move: UT System Ultimate Challenge website.

Stay tuned for our next UT System Physical Activity Challenge that will take place in September or we should call it "STEP-ember".

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Five-Spice Chicken Breasts with Hoisin Glaze

Chicken breasts with the skin on are not usually boneless, so you may need to special order them from your butcher or debone them at home. They don't dry out as easily as the skinless, boneless variety. Read more on how to prepare this delicious recipe!

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