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Benefits Enrollment—By the Numbers

Approximately 200,000 employees, retirees and dependents at UT System’s nine academic universities and six health institutions are enrolled in a benefits plan through UT System. Overall, the employee, retiree and dependent enrollment totals at UT System institutions continued to expand during the past year. Read more about this and other important topics.

Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Flu Vaccine

There is a significant amount of information in the media regarding the coming availability of the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine as well as efforts at various institutions and throughout many communities to provide both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccinations.  The following information explains how UT SELECT members will be billed when receiving either a seasonal flu vaccine or H1N1 flu vaccine from a BCBS network provider. Read more about this important topic.

Retirement Corner

Take Advantage of National Save for Retirement Week

When it comes to saving for retirement, there is never a better time than today to assess your prospects toward meeting your goals. And with our nation’s leaders declaring Oct. 18 through Oct. 24 as National Save for Retirement Week, you have a great opportunity. Read more about this topic.

Wellness Wise

4 Healthy Habits That Cut Disease Risk: Study Shows People Who Follow these 4 Habits Sharply Reduce Risk of Serious Disease

  1. Don't smoke.
  2. Get off the sofa and take a walk.
  3. Stay away from the junk food.
  4. Watch your waistline.

You may have heard the advice before. But did you know that if you follow all four of these healthy habits together, you could decrease your chances of developing some of the most common and deadly chronic diseases by nearly 80%? Learn how to take charge of your health today and begin living up to your potential with our FREE resources.

4,000 reasons to quit smoking

A healthy lifestyle is the key to continued well-being. Changing your lifestyle for the better takes time and real effort. But, with the help of this program, you can do it. And it’s worth it: Quitting tobacco can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke and improve your self-esteem.

Learn about great resources/programs that are available to you and your dependents. Don't do this alone, experts can help you kick this habit!

Living Well Health Manager, powered by WebMD Survey

Your feedback matters! Recently we introduced the University of Texas System, Office of Employee Benefits “Living Well Health Manager, powered by WebMD” and encouraged you to complete a confidential HealthQuotient; (HQ) Health Risk Assessment. We’d like to ask you a few short questions about your decision to complete or not complete the HQ. The responses you provide will help us improve our communications with University of Texas System UT SELECT members in the future. Complete the survey today.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Super Easy Winter Recipes

You open the front door after a long day at school or work and a cold drive home, and it hits you: the wonderful smell of a winter dinner wafting toward you, just as your body starts to feel the comfort of a warm house. The smell of a savory casserole baking in the oven, or a stew with herbs and spices simmering on the stove -- those are some of the best moments of winter. Learn how to prepare these easy and delicious recipe!

Contact Us

If you would like a specific topic discussed or have a question you would like answered in a future issue of this newsletter, please send your suggestions to benefits@utsystem.edu.

UT System Employee Benefits Web site: www.utsystem.edu/benefits/
UT System Retirement Programs Web site: www.utretirement.utsystem.edu
Your Local Benefits Office: http://www.utsystem.edu/benefits/contacts#1