The University of Houston wants to be your partner in meeting and exceeding your wellness lifestyle goals. A number of programs and services to support employee health and wellness can be found throughout the campus. These include work/life support resources offered through the POWER UP Employee Wellness Program, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and an array of on- and off- campus Employee Perks!
Lunch & Learn Wellbeing Series
This spring, bring your lunch and join us in the EDR Pavilion of the library, noon to 12:45 pm. for a variety of wellness Lunch and Learn workshops. These brown-bag lunch sessions typically occur twice a month. A schedule of dates and wellness topics can be found here.
Retirement 101 Sessions
Gain a greater understanding of ORP and TRS retirement benefits, vesting and eligibility, as well as how to calculate TRS retirement benefits and much more. Retirement 101.
Be Benefits Wise Sessions
Increase your knowledge of the benefits available to you as a UH employee including: Health, Dental, Vision, Optional Life Insurance, Short-and Long-term Disability and Long-term Care Insurance. Be Benefits Wise.
Money Matters: Financial Wellness Series
Join us for this special series of financial wellness presentations designed to help you better manage your money and become familiar with different financial resources available to you.
UH Faculty/Staff Tailgate & Game
Hosted by the Faculty Senate and Staff Council, employees and their families are invited to attend the “Night under the Stars” Tailgate on game day, Thurs Oct. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shasta’s Square/Gate 4. Free food, drinks, music and plenty of swag for UH employees and their families will be provided. The Game will follow with the UH Cougars taking on the Memphis Tigers at 7 p.m. inside TDECU Stadium. Faculty and staff can purchase game tickets online for $10 ea. using code FSCOOGS. To learn more, click here.
Houston Corp 5K: Join Team UH
Join your colleagues for the inaugural Houston Corporate Run 5K, Mon Oct. 23 - Thurs Oct. 26 at Memorial Park! ALL employees are welcome to participate by RUNNING or WALKING the route. The event will be held over a 4 day period allowing employees to participate on a day/time of their choosing. The first 50 employees to register receive 50% off of the registration fee! Sign up at the UH team page. To learn more, click here.
On Campus No-Cost Flu Shots for BCBSTX & KelseyCare Members
Have you been putting off getting your flu shot? Register now to get yours on campus this month. From 11 am - 2 pm, Wed Oct. 25, HEB pharmacists and Kelsey-Seybold providers will offer a joint Flu Shot Clinic on site in the Student Center South, Space City Room. Eligible BCBSTX HealthSelect and KelseyCare members register now to receive your yearly flu shot which protects against the four influenza strains most likely to cause illness. To learn more, click here.
Following Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Rose will be on campus to provide 3D/2D mobile mammography services to qualified UH employees. Screening will be offered with no co-pay or additional out-of-pocket expense to employees with BCBSTX HealthSelect (or other accepted insurance) from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wed Nov. 7, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thurs Nov. 8 at Lot 19F in their state of the art mobile unit. Register early! To learn more, click here.
Monthly Public Art Tours
Public Art at the University of Houston System will be hosting tours from noon to 1 p.m. the first Friday of each month throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Plan now to enjoy a leisurely walk while touring the amazing public art on campus. All tours are free and open to the public. To learn more, click here.
Diabetes: Beware the Silent Killer
Bring your lunch and join your colleagues for a Wellness Lunch and Learn presented by Kelsey-Seybold’s Dr. Anush Pillai, Thurs Oct. 19, 12 – 1 p.m., EDR Pavilion, 2nd Floor - M.D. Anderson Library. To register, AccessUH, PASS, and then go to Request Training Enrollment. Search by Course Number (HRT079).
UH Farmer's Market
Organized by UH Dining Services and the Office of Sustainability, the UH Farmer’s Market kicked off Sept. 27 with local vendors offering a slew of locally sourced and produced food items to students, faculty and staff. The next one will occur on Wed Oct. 25 at the Student Center South circle drive from noon to 4 p.m. Plan now to attend! To learn more, click here.
UH Diabetes Wellness Day
Free on-site screenings, education and counseling. Hosted by the University Eye Institute (UEI), Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy and other on- and off-campus partners in the UEI Tues., Nov. 14, 12 – 4 p.m.
Farm to Work
Order your weekly share of fresh vegetables and herbs to help improve health and wellness, as well as support the local economy. All the produce is fresh and locally grown, free of chemical pesticides, by Plant It Forward farms and delivered to campus each Friday. Visit the Farm to work website to order. For more information about the program, visit the Office of Sustainability website.
Weight Watcher’s Beyond the Scale
It’s not too late to join a new 12-week series of the Weight Watchers at Work program held every Thursday from 12:15 to 1 p.m. on campus! Starting Sept. 21st, meetings will occur throughout the fall in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in the first floor Rotunda Room. Group meetings are open to faculty, staff and students and provide ongoing support, encouragement and the convenience of on-site meetings.
The Beyond the Scale 12-week program is 1 check or credit/debit or cash for $156 or 3 checks for $52 written upfront and deposited over 3 months. Membership includes meetings, program materials and access to online digital tools. For more information on the UH Weight Watchers program, email POWERUP@uh.edu or contact Court Stein, Wellness Manager at 713-743-1991.
Real Appeal, is a free online weight loss program, designed to help you lose weight over time. The program helps you develop healthy habits that can lead to long-lasting results. Real Appeal is available at no cost to eligible HealthSelectSM of Texas employees, spouses and dependents 18 and older (excludes Medicare primary participants) with a BMI of 23 or higher. Learn more
Did you know that your HealthSelect insurance includes free wellness coaching? Learn more
Health Resources You Can Use
For the following and other health tips you can use, visit: http://healthselectoftexas.welcometouhc.com/health-education.html
Tobacco Cessation Program
For most people, quitting smoking or other tobacco products is difficult. Did you know that HealthSelect members have access to a no-cost tobacco cessation program? With the assistance of an online coach, you can develop a program tailored to your individual tobacco habits and needs.
To access this program, visit www.myuhc.com/hs and log into your account, click Health & Wellness, then Your Personal Health Center on the right side of the screen.
For additional online resources and other local, state and national smoking cessation programs, click here.
Nearly 347 million people are affected by diabetes worldwide. In the United States alone, 29.1 million people have diabetes, 8.1 million don’t know they have the disease, and an estimated 86 million have pre-diabetes.
Mindfulness is the natural human ability to pay attention to your current experiences as they are happening. It involves intentionally remaining present with whatever is happening in the moment in a clear, open, and nonjudgmental way. Open to all faculty, staff and students, these drop-in sessions are free and occur weekly on Thursdays from moon to 1 p.m. throughout the spring semester. Learn more.