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2014 Archive

March 2014

Topics include: Benefits Management Series: Making Mid-Year Changes to Your UT Benefits; Wellness Wise: Know Your Blood Pressure; What is the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?; Retirement Corner: PUsh Your Tax Savings to the Limit; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Cooking with Quinoa.

February 2014

Topics include: UT SELECT Health Plan Summary Data; Make Smart Choices for a Healthy Heart Wellness Wise: February is Heart Health Month; Retirement Corner: Tips for Tax Returns; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Simple Cooking with Heart!

January 2014

Topics include: Choosing Between Treatment Options; Resolve to Take Charge of Your Health Care; Wellness Wise: It's a New Year. Are You Ready for a New You?; Retirement Corner: New Saver's Credit Limits for UTSaver Plans; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Healthy Eating for the New Year.

2013 Archive

December 2013

Topics include: UT SELECT and the ACA; Holiday Travel and Your Dental Benefits; Living Well Blood Pressure Stations Available at Institutions; Wellness Wise: Blood Pressure Tips; Managing Holiday Stress; Living Well Health Platform Survey; Retirement Corner: Saving During the Holidays; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Super-Fast Holiday Recipes.

November 2013

Topics include: Updated Privacy Notice; Diabetes Month; Important UT FLEX Reminders; Wellness Wise: Maintain, Don't Gain; Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes for Everyone; Retirement Corner: Loans and Hardships Can Erode Retirement Savings; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Pumpkin Cake with Dried Cranberries.

October 2013

Topics include: Detailed Plan Information; Emergency Preparedness; Confirm Your Annual Enrollment Elections; ACA Marketplace and Your Health Coverage; Wellness Wise: Flu Shot Coverage and Clinics & New Plan Year for Living Well; Retirement Corner: Smart Retirement Moves; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Healthier Tailgating.

September 2013

Topics include: Know Your Benefits; UT FLEX Reminders and Dates; Vaccines - Keeping Current; Wellness Wise: New Plan Year - New You! & Back to School Healthier Snacks; Retirement Corner: The UT Fund Performance Report; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Healthy Snacks that Won't Weigh You Down.

August 2013

Topics include: Annual Enrollment - Key Follow Up Items; Insurance ID Cards and UT FLEX Debit Cards for the 2013-2014 Plan Year; Important Medicaid Notice for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Wellness Wise: 15 Minutes for Your Health & Physical Activity Challenge Success Stories; Retirement Corner: Getting Started with UTRetirement Manager; Retiree Benefits Billing and Your Annual Enrollment Elections; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Avocados Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet.

July 2013

June 2013

Topics include: Important Annual Enrollment Dates; New Long Term Care Contract; Disability Information; Breast Feeding Support, Services, & Supplies; Wellness Wise: Not Just an Apple a Day; Retirement Corner: The UTRetirement Program's Educate Me page; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Twelve Smart Ideas for Breakfast on the Go.

May 2013

Topics include: Wellness Wise: 2013 Physical Activity Challenge; Prescription Drug Formulary; Retirement Corner: Six Facts to Know Before Borrowing from Your UTSaver Account; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Three Gourmet Taco Ideas.

April 2013

Topics include: Take an Active Role in Managing your Health Care; 2013 Physical Activity Challenge; Wellness Program Focus Groups; Wellness Wise: Earn Your $25 Gift Card; Retirement Corner: Lessen the Blow at Tax Time; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Chicken with Dried Plums and Sage.

March 2013

Topics include: Wellness Wise: New Living Well Health Platform Now Available!; Wellness Program Focus Groups; New Retiree Insurance Benefits Videos Available; Legislative Watch; Retirement Corner: Keep Your Beneficiaries Up to Date; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Adobo-Marinated Pork Tenderloin.

February 2013

Topics include: Legislative Watch; Flu Season Tips; Cafeteria Plan Update; Retirement Corner: Lifecycle Funds; Wellness Wise: New Living Well Health Platform Launching Soon; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Lighten Up with several Tips and Recipes.

January 2013

Topics include: New Contracts for UT SELECT Medical and the UT System HRA and Wellness Platform; New Reporting Requirement for W-2s; UT FLEX New Debit Card Alert Option; Retirement Corner: How to Avoid a Personal Fiscal Cliff; Wellness Wise: A New Year, A New You! Get Inspired for a Healthy New Year; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Warm Up with Lighter, Satisfying Meals from Your Slow-Cooker.

2012 Archive

December 2012

Topics include: UT SELECT Dental Plus Claims Processing; Retirement Corner: New Contribution Limits for 2013; Wellness Wise: Maintain, Don't Gain and Healthy Holiday Parties; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Festive Holiday Sides.

November 2012

Topics include: UT Group Insurance and the Competitive Bid Process; UT FLEX Grace Period and Filing Deadline; Retirement Corner: Orphaned Accounts; The Great American Smokeout; Wellness Wise: Food Allergies and Sensitivities; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Lighten Up Your Holiday Recipes.

October 2012

Topics include: Updated Plan Information Available Online; UT FLEX Grace Period and Filing Deadline; Confirm Your Annual Enrollment Elections; Retirement Corner: Working With a Financial Professional; Wellness Wise: Cancer Prevention; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Avoiding Common Nutrition Mistakes.

September 2012

Topics include: UT Benefits Online Resources; Medco Transition to Express Scripts Name; Retirement Corner New Year Brings New, Easier Choices for Your UT Retirement Accounts; Wellness Wise: Back to School Health and Safety Tips; and Healthy Recipe of the month: Five Foods that Fight Fat, Plis Four Recipes.

August 2012

Topics include: Annual Enrollment - Key Follow Up Items; Insurance ID Card and UT FLEX Debit Cards for the 2012-2013 Plan Year; Important Medicaid Notice for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Retirement Corner Urgent Reminder - Action May Be Required for Your UT Retirement Accounts; Wellness Wise: Coverage for Preventive Screenings and Guide to Preventive Care; and Healthy Recipe of the month: Avocados provide Healthy, Good-for-You Fats.

July 2012

Topics include: Annual Enrollment for Benefits Begins July 15! and NEW Enhancement to UT SELECT Medical Plan! ; UT FLEX Health –Get Reimbursed for Mileage! Retirement Corner: Action May Be Required for your UT Retirement Programs! ; Wellness Wise: 2012 UT System Physical Activity Challenge-Final Results and Read testimonials from members who participated in our 2012 Physical Activity Challenge. ; and Healthy Recipes of the month: Healthy Mediterranean Meals.

June 2012

May 2012

Topics include: UT Benefits for Your Dependents – Eligibility and Documentation; Annual Enrollment Details; Retirement Corner: A New Retirement Manager!; Wellness Wise: Weʼre Celebrating Employee Health & Fitness Month in May 2012! ; and Healthy Recipes of the month: Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes.

April 2012

Topics include: Important Message: Important Privacy Notice for University of Texas Group Insurance Plan Participants; Benefit Insight: New Contracts Awarded for Pharmacy Benefit Management, Dental PPO, and Dental HMO; Retirement Corner: Introducing the New, Improved Fund Performance Report ; Wellness Wise: 2012 UT System Physical Activity Challenge and April showers bring… allergy relief! ; and Healthy Recipes of the month: Spring Pasta Recipes.

March 2012

Topics include: Be A Wise Healthcare Consumer: National Focus on Vision Screening and Eye Health ; Spring Break Travel: Using UT SELECT While You are Away from Home ; Retirement Corner: Six Facts You Should Know Before Borrowing from your UTSaver Account; Wellness Wise: Your jeans size could be a clue to heart health ; and Healthy Recipes of the month: Cooking with Quinoa: 4 Recipes.

February 2012

Topics include: Be A Wise Healthcare Consumer: February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month; Getting the Help You Need!; Get a Helping Hand with your Resolutions ; and ; Recipes shared by UT System Institution Members!

January 2012

Topics include: Be A Wise Healthcare Consumer: UT Benefits “Educate Me” Website Makes Debut; The New UT Retirement Fund Line Up Is Her; NEW YEAR! NEW YOU! Free programs to keep you healthy in 2012; NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! Quit Smoking Today! We Can Help; UT SELECT Medical now provides 100% coverage for Preventive Screenings; and Body Boosters-How what you eat can improve your health, mind, and appearance.

2011 Archive

December 2011

Topics include information on the following: Be A Wise Healthcare Consumer: Holiday Travel: Using UT SELECT While You are Away from Home; Important Information for Employees and Retirees Participating in TRS; Your UT SELECT Prescription Benefits: Medco, Express Scripts and Walgreens; Changing Your Group Insurance Benefits Mid-Year; Retirement Corner: New Streamlined Fund line-Up Available; Wellness Wise: 10 Healthy Holiday Party Tips, Maintain No Gain (Video) and ; Healthy Recipe of The Month: I Holiday Recipes Makeover.

November 2011

Topics include information on the following: Detailed Plan Information Available Online; UT FLEX Grace Period and Claim Filing Deadline; Get Your Flu Vaccination with your UT SELECT Benefits; Retirement Corner: The New UT Retirement Fund Lineup Is Almost Here; Wellness Wise: CDC Says “Take 3” Actions To Fight The Flu and ; Healthy Recipe of The Month: 12 Perfect Roast Turkey Recipes.

October 2011

Topics include information on the following: Be A Wise Healthcare Consumer: Health Care Fraud: What UT SELECT Participants Should Know ; Confirm your Annual Enrollment Elections are Accurate; Retirement Corner: Take Advantage of National Save for Retirement Week; Wellness Wise: Life is a roller coaster, UT SELECT Medical now provides 100% coverage for Preventive Screenings and ; Healthy Recipe of The Month: In Season: Sweet Potatoes; and A UT System Success Story: Thomas Harper, The University of Texas at San Antonio. Learn how Thomas changed his life by joining programs available at UT San Antonio, which helped him lower his blood pressure and weight.

September 2011

Topics include information on the following: Be A Wise Healthcare Consumer: Prescription coupons that make you pay MORE ; Annual Enrollment: Follow-up: Medical Benefits Special Enrollment Opportunity Ends September 30, 2011, Confirm Your Annual Enrollment Elections ; Retirement Corner: Surviving Market Volatility and UTRetirement Program Investment Fund Options ; Wellness Wise: Interactive Tool: Which Health Screenings Do You Need? and ; Healthy Recipe of The Month: Back-to-School Recipes; and A UT System Success Story: Terry Lawton, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Learn how Terry changed her life by joining programs available at on the Living Well: Make it a Priority Program and at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

August 2011

Topics include information on the following: Annual Enrollment: Followup: Annual Enrollment Election Period Over ; Insurance ID Cards and UT FLEX Debit Cards for the 2011-2012 Plan Year ; Important Medicaid Notice for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ;Important Information About Your UT Retirement Investment Options ; Wellness Wise: The Way to Wellness : Reminder, Starting on September 1, 2011! ; Healthy Grilled Burgers ; Healthy Recipe of the Month: Retirement Corner: The Blindside ;Wellness Wise: Not just an apple a day!; Healthy Recipe of the Month: 12 Smart Ideas for Breakfast On the Go.; and A UT System Success Story: Terry Weber, The University of Texas at El Paso . Learn how Terry changed her life by joining programs available at UT El Paso.

July 2011

June 2011

Topics include information on the following: Wrap-up on the 82nd Legislative Session: Effects on the UT SELECT Medical Plan ; Annual Enrollment Update: Annual Enrollment Update: Changes to Benefits Enrollment Period ; Reminder of Health Care Reform Changes to UT Benefits ; No Changes Planned for Life, AD&D, Disability, Dental, Vision, or Long Term Care Coverage ; Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer : On the lookout for ways to save money? Enroll in UT FLEX! ; What’s the current status of your UT FLEX account? ; Retirement Corner: The Blindside ;Wellness Wise: Not just an apple a day!; Healthy Recipe of the Month: 12 Smart Ideas for Breakfast On the Go.; and A UT System Success Story: Cindy Lira, The University of Texas at San Antonio. Learn how Cindy lost 30 lbs which is about 13% weight loss, and about 20 inches in body composition measurements.

May 2011

Topics include information on the following: Stay up-to-date on the 82nd Legislative Session; Annual Enrollment Update: Changes to Benefits Enrollment Period ; How Will Healthcare Reform Impact My UT Benefits This Year? ; Understanding Benefits Lingo: Do You Know the Difference Between Your Dependents and Your Beneficiaries?; Next Steps: Taking Advantage of Your UTSaver Retirement Programs; Go fresh with farmer’s market finds; Recipe Makeover: Mexican Casserole and A UT System Success Story: Frances Poole Knight, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston . Learn why Frances does not allow age to interfere with her exercise.

April 2011

Topics include information on the following: Wait! Don’t Throw That “EOB” in the Trash!; Stay up-to-date on the 82nd Legislative Session; Retirement Corner- Push your savings to the limit!; Wellness Wise- Add to your diet with color!; Healthy Recipe of the Month- Braised Chicken with Baby Vegetables and Peas and A UT System Success Story: Bete Su Williams, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Learn what Bete Su did after being diagnosed with osteoporosis.

March 2011

Topics include information on the following: What Makes Regular Dental Visits Such a Smart Investment?; Stay up-to-date on the 82nd Legislative Session ; Keep your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date ; The Best Defense Against Diabetes: A Strong Offense ; Healthy Recipe of the Month: 7 Healthy Diabetic Desserts for Your Diabetes Diet. Great for non-Diabetics too! and A UT System Success Story: Laura Lamb, The University of Texas at Tyler. Learn how Mr. Armstrong became healthier and be a healthy role model to her family. .

February 2011

Topics include information on the following: Seek Treatment from a BCBSTX Network Provider; Using Your PayFlex Debit Card at the Dentist; A Simple New Year’s Resolution; Wellness Wise: Make New Habits Permanent; Healthy Recipe of the Month: Chicken Enchiladas Verde and A UT System Success Story: Bob Armstrong, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Learn how Mr. Armstrong gained control of his diabetes.

January 2011

Topics include information on the following: Where Should I Go For Treatment: Doctor’s Office, Retail Clinic, Urgent Care Center, or Emergency Room?; Retirement Corner: Five Years and Counting: Questions to Ask Before Retirement; Wellness Wise: The Right Care at the Right Time; and Healthy Recipe of the Month: It's Cold Outside... Let's have Soup!

2010 Archive

December 2010

Topics include information on the following: Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer-Is There Value in Regular Check Ups?; UT FLEX Medical: New Rules for Over-the-Counter Expenses Effective January 1, 2011 ; Have You Designated Your Beneficiary for Life Insurance? ; 2011 Contribution Limits Announced ; The Wellness Guide to Preventive Care ; 2010 UT System Physical Activity Challenge: Final Results; Healthy Recipes for the Holidays ; and Holidays the Healthy Way.

November 2010

Topics include information on the following: Managing Your Healthcare, Monitoring Your Healthcare Expenses, Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer-UT FLEX Grace Period for Medical Expense Reimbursement Accounts; Retirement Corner: Getting the Help You Need!; Staying Quit Forever with our Great American Smokeout Challenge; Will you accept the challenge? You still have time!; and Celebrate the Seasons and Holidays with Healthy Meals.

October 2010

Topics include information on the following: Detailed Plan Information Available Online, Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer-Your Health Care Budget: Take Advantage of National Save for Retirement Week; Cancer Prevention = Being Proactive; Register Today! 2010 UT System-Wide Physical Activity Challenge starts this Week!; and Nutrition Challenges When You're Older or Sick.

September 2010

Topics include information on the following: New Feature, Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer-Your UT SELECT Medical Plan: How Are Premiums Set For This Valuable Benefit?; Keep Your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date; Important Medicaid Notice for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Another Great Reason to Save; Cutting Through the Cholesterol Confusion; and Cholesterol and Cooking: Fats and Oils.

August 2010

Topics include information on the following: Annual Enrollment Election Period Over; Retirement Program Education Videos; Interactive Tool: Which Health Screenings Do You Need?; and 8 Healthy Office Snacks.

July 2010

Topics include information on the following: Annual Enrollment for Benefits is in Progress!; The Unique Value of UT Benefits; Take Advantage of the New Online Beneficiary Management System; Retirement Health, Invest in Your Health and Grocery Shopping Tips to Feed Your Family Right .

Special ANNUAL ENROLLMENT Edition for U.T. Employees of the University of Texas System

Topics include information on the following: Annual Enrollment for Benefits; Your UT System Benefits: Review and Forecast; Premium Rate Increase for UT SELECT PPO Medical Plan; UT SELECT Plan Change; Group Term Life and AD&D Insurance – Substantial Premium Reductions and Plan Enhancements; UT SELECT Dental – Premium Rate Increase; Rates and Designs Unchanged for Other Optional Plans; Health Care Reform and Your UT Benefits; UT Flex Can increase your spendable income, Making Your Annual Enrollment Election, Annual Administrative Fee and New OTC Regulations.

Special ANNUAL ENROLLMENT Edition for U.T. Retirees of the University of Texas System

Topics include information on the following: Annual Enrollment for Benefits; Your UT System Benefits: Review and Forecast; Premium Rate Increase for UT SELECT PPO Medical Plan; UT SELECT Plan Change; Group Term Life – Modest Premium Reductions and Plan Enhancements; UT SELECT Dental – Premium Rate Increase; Rates and Designs Unchanged for Other Optional Plans; Health Care Reform and Your UT Benefits and UT SELECT Medical and Medicare.

June 2010

Topics include information on the following: Annual Enrollment for Benefits; UT Benefits & Retirement is now on Facebook; Did you know that The University of Texas System sponsors two voluntary retirement savings plans to help you save for your future?; Eight Prostate Power Foods and Superfast Summer Recipe.

May 2010

Topics include information on the following: Contracts Awarded to Dearborn National and PayFlex Systems USA, Inc.; Update to the UTFlex Website; Six Facts You Should Know Before Borrowing from your UTSaver Account, UT System Institutions join in National Employee Health and Fitness Day to encourage employees to stay active; Making Wise Health Decisions and Five Nutrients Your Child May Be Missing.

April 2010

Topics include information on the following: UT SELECT Medical: Ongoing Review of UT SELECT Plan Costs, Impacts; Dental Health Education; How much money will you receive from Social Security, the Teacher Retirement System, or your UTSaver Plans?; What You Eat After Working Out Matters and Spring Clean Your Diet Fresh fruits and vegetables abound during the spring, so make room for these nutritional powerhouses.

March 2010

Topics include information on the following; Annual Enrollment – Early Preparations are Underway, Getting the Most Out of Your Next Doctor Visit, What can your UTRetirement Program Providers do for you?, Preventive Colon Cancer Screening: 100 Percent Covered, Cancer Doctor: Future of Treatment is Personalized Medicine and New Way to Spot Healthy Foods Fast.

February 2010

Topics include information on the following: Fort Dearborn Life Launches New Brand Name: Dearborn National, Changing Your Group Insurance Benefits Mid-Year,Starting out: A Primer for New Savers, Helping Loved Ones with Heart Disease Eat Right, and 10-Minute Marinated Veggie Toss.

January 2010

Topics include information on the following: UT SELECT Prescription Aggregate Drug Data: September 1, 2008 – August 31, 2009, Understanding Your Savings and Taxes, 5 Diet Resolutions for New Year, New Year, New You: 16 Top Health Tips and Fight Holiday Weight Gain, and Soups May Help Cut Calories.

2009 Archive

December 2009

Topics include information on the following: Holiday Travel: Using UT SELECT While You are Away from Home, New Medco.com Pricing Enhancements, Roth IRAs and UTSaver Roth 403(b) TSA: There is a Difference!, Keep Holiday Stress to a Minimum: Learn to Say No, Foods That Boost Mood and Fight Holiday Weight Gain, and Healthy Holiday Food and Diet Tips.

November 2009

Topics include information on the following: Detailed Plan Information Available Online, PayFlex Announces New Interactive Voice Recognition Enhancements, Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Flu Vaccine, Need Help with Retirement Planning? We Have the Tools for You!, Staying Quit Forever with our Great American Smokeout Challenge, Special Institution Events on Thursday, November 19th, and Recipe of the Month–“Butternut Squash: Packed With Vitamin A and Delicious!”.

October 2009

Topics include information on the following: Benefits Enrollment—By the Numbers. How many members are enrolled in a benefits plan through UT System, Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Flu Vaccine, Take Advantage of National Save for Retirement Week, 4 Healthy Habits That Cut Disease Risk: Study Shows People Who Follow 4 Habits Sharply Reduce Risk of Serious Disease, 4,000 reasons to quit smoking and Recipe of the Month–“Super Easy Winter Recipes”.

September 2009

Topics include information on the following: Generic Medications–Why It Is Not Just About Lower Prices,Saving In the New Economy–A Light At the End of the Tunnel, “Living Well: Make it a Priority”–Helping You Change Your Ways, and Healthy Tip and Recipe of the Month: “Meal Planning: 6 Dinners on a Budget”.

August 2009

Topics include information on the following: Don’t Forget to Submit Your Evidence of Insurability Forms!, Retirement Program Education Videos, NEW!!! Living Well Health Manager, Powered by WebMD, and Healthy Tip and Recipe of the Month: How to Stretch Your Food Budget.

July 2009

Topics include information on our Annual Enrollment for benefits for the 2009-2010 plan year began on July 1, 2009, Retirement Health–Great time to review coverage for your financial health, NEW!!! Living Well Health Manager, Powered by WebMD, and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Cold Summer Pasta with Vegetables.

June 2009

Topics include information on our Premium Rates for UT SELECT PPO Medical Plan and UT SELECT Plan Changes, Hardships and Unforeseeable Emergencies, NEW!!! Living Well Health Manager, Powered by WebMD, and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Red Beans and Rice with Turkey Sausage.

May 2009

Topics include information on our Premium Rates and Insurance Plan Design Changes, Disability Insurance to be Provided by Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company, UT FLEX: You MUST Enroll During Annual Enrollment, Selecting the Best: Criteria for the selection of The University of Texas Retirement Providers, Making Wise Health Decisions, 2009 Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge: Final Results, and Healthy Recipe of the Month: Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs.

April 2009

Topics include information on our Continuing Contract for Vision Benefits Awarded to Superior Vision, Important Privacy Notice for University of Texas Group Insurance Plan Participants, Tax Savings Opportunities Increase with 2009 Limits, Eating Red Meat May Boost Death Risk, 2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge, and Healthy Tips of the Month “Packable Lunches”.

March 2009

Topics include information on our New UT System Health & Wellness Website, Snapshot of Plan Enrollment, Keep your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date, 2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge, Dieting Is Out; Healthy Eating Is In, and Healthy Recipes of the Month “16 Superior Snacks”.

February 2009

Topics include information on our New UT System Health & Wellness Website, Snapshot of Plan Enrollment, Keep your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date, 2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge, Dieting Is Out; Healthy Eating Is In, and Healthy Recipes of the Month “16 Superior Snacks”.

January 2009

Topics include on Stats Offer Snapshot of Americans' Health, Coming soon! Health & Wellness Guide to help you take charge of your health today, The New 403(b) Universe and UT Retirement, 6 Steps to Fix Bad Eating Habits, 2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge, and Healthy Recipes for the cold weather.

2008 Archive

December 2008

Topics include how to Take Your Best Shot at the Flu: Stretch Both with Generic Medications, Bear markets: painful, but not uncommon, 10 Ways to Spot and Avoid Holiday Depression, 2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge, Healthy Recipes for the Holidays, and Tips to Celebrate Holidays the Healthy Way.

November 2008

Topics include Tips on Your Benefits/Your Money, Five Steps For Surviving Market Volatility, November is Diabetes Awareness Month , 4,000 reasons to quit smoking, and Holiday Eating Tips for Thanksgiving.

October 2008

Topics include details of our outcome after annual enrollment “Benefits Enrollment—By the Numbers”, Investing and Market Volatility; Teen Depression; and a Healthy Recipe–Thai-Style Salmon.

September 2008

Topics include understanding Provider Negotiations–The Relationship of Providers, Insurers and Employers; Fees and Expenses Within the UTRetirement Program; The Truth About 7 Common Food Additives; America On the Move: UT System Ultimate Challenge–the month of September becomes STEPtember; and a Healthy Recipe–Chopped Broccoli Piccata.

August 2008

Topics include Expanded Wellness and Preventive Health Benefits; Asset Allocation 101; Wellness Guide to Preventive Care; America On the Move: UT System Ultimate Challenge Final Results; and a Healthy Recipe–Five-Spice Chicken Breasts with Hoisin Glaze.

July 2008

Topics include viewing and changing your benefit selections using U.T. Touch Online; Investment Advisors vs. Financial Planners; the Benefits of Eating Eggs; this week's deadline for registering in UT System's America on the Move challenge; and a Healthy Summer Recipe–Cold Summer Pasta with Vegetables.

June 2008

Topics include Annual Enrollment benefits for the 2008– 2009 plan year; Life Insurance Coverage; Retirement Fund Selection Made Easier; Body Weight–Are You an Apple or a Pear?; UT System's new healthy eating and active living program; and a healthy recipe using raspberries and cherries that is high in antioxidants.

May 2008

Topics include information about Annual Enrollment benefits for the 2008–2009 plan year; Lifecycle Funds-one stop shop for your Retirement; UT System's new healthy eating and active living program; and a healthy recipe that combines Basmati Rice, Chick-Peas & Toasted Almonds.

April 2008

Topics include information about Evidence of Insurability, how you may qualify for an extra tax credit, tips for savvy medical web surfing, and a healthy recipe that combines several influences.

March 2008

Topics include information about how UT Select premium rates are determined, understanding your UTRetirement fund options, stepping up into nutrition and health, 21 healthier fast-food meals and great tips and recipes using seasonal fruits.

February 2008

Topics include information about the UTSaver supplemental retirement plans, dentist networks, preventing a number of heart conditions, and incorporating nutritious snack foods into your diet.

January 2008

Topics include information about lowering your out-of-pocket prescription costs with My RX Choices, turning unused annual leave into Retirement Savings, setting healthy goals for this new year and preparing quick and easy soups that will warm you up though the cold weather season.

2007 Archive

December 2007

Topics include information about travel and your UT benefits, changes with some retirement investment companies that could require you to take action, tips on how to stay healthy physically and emotionally during the holidays and how to prepare quick and easy side dishes during the holidays.

November 2007

Topics include information about Medicare Part A and B- when to enroll, new IRS 403(b) regulations, National Diabetes Month, “Quit Smoking Resources” that is available for you, "Great American Smokeout Challenge", and holiday eating tips for Thanksgiving.

October 2007

Topics include qualified changes that impact your insurance coverage, changes with some retirement investment companies that could require you to take action, National Heart Education Month, and a great healthy recipe "Chicken and Black Bean Taquitos with Adobo Sour Cream".

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