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Stats Offer Snapshot of Americans' Health

Did You Know? Assorted Facts Provide Glimpse of Health in the U.S. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults say they're in very good or excellent health -- yet 27% of us are obese, 21% smoke, 8% have diabetes, 4% have asthma, and 21% drink too much.
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Coming soon! Health & Wellness Guide to help you take charge of your health today!

GREAT NEWS! During the month of January you will be receiving in the mail (at home) a guide to FREE tools and resources that will help you take charge of your health today! Also, we will be launching our new Wellness Web site where you can access and learn about all your Wellness Programs and Services in one place.

Retirement Corner

The New 403(b) Universe and UT Retirement

Effective January 2009, the world of 403(b) plans will undergo the most significant change in over forty years when new IRS regulations go into effect. The UT Retirement Program has two 403(b) plans, the UTSaver Tax Sheltered Annuity and the Optional Retirement Program. Read more about this topic...

Wellness Wise

6 Steps to Fix Bad Eating Habits

Most of us are creatures of habit. We buy the same foods from the same grocery store, prepare the same recipes over and over, and live within our own familiar routines. But if you're serious about eating healthier and losing weight, you need to shake it up, change those bad eating habits, and start thinking differently about your diet and lifestyle. Read more about these 6 easy steps and take charge of your health...

2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge

Will you accept the challenge? Just exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks. To help you complete this challenge and make it easy to track your progress, all UT System Institutions have partnered with the Texas Round Up to celebrate our 2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge. The institution with the greatest participation based on headcount will be awarded the coveted “Traveling Trophy”!

2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge
begins on January 1, 2009 and ends on April 18, 2009.

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Healthy Recipes of the Month

It's Cold Outside... Let's Have Soup!

Working on weight management in 2009? Make a meal of soup. The high water content and low energy density make it naturally filling. Be careful! Soups that are cream-based are loaded with calories. Choose soups that have lean meat or beans along with veggies and broth. Soup is on! Learn how to prepare these easy and quick meals!

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