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  •  New Wellness Logo

    Rice University is excited to launch a new comprehensive wellness program and partnership with HealthFitness.  Our vision for the program is that Rice University models a visibly healthy culture that promotes and facilitates well-being as an integral part of the institution's identity and value proposition.    

    Rice's mission is to foster a healthy and supportive environment and provide access to convenient and high quality programs and services, aimed to enable faculty, staff, and their families to pursue physical, social and emotional well-being to inspire people to participate.  

    Please join us as we launch our new program with a Week of Wellness - October 19, 2015 through October 23, 2015. Attendance to the events will give you a chance to win a Fitness tracker!      

    Monday, October 19, 2015 

    UTEAP presents “Essentials of Managing Your Stress”     

    Location: Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium                      Time:  1-2pm

    Essentials of managing your stress:  In this 45-minute seminar, you will learn the simple physiology of what stress is, and how to overcome it using exercise, breathing, visualization, meditation and affirmations. It’s not what we know; IT’S WHAT WE DO THAT COUNTS! Curious, come find out how! 

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 

    Aetna Presents – Disease Management

    Location: 2nd floor conference room of the RMC                Time: 9-10am

    If you or a family member has one of the following chronic conditions:

    Diabetes                      High Blood Pressure       Cancer

    Asthma                        Heart Disease                    Childhood Disease

    Come learn how Aetna can help you understand it and better care for yourself and your loved ones.  Aetna will also provide information on the Informed Health Line and our Concierge Customer Services that are available.


    Yoga on the lawn – Certified yoga instructor, Julia Amborski will lead us in a gentle yoga practice.  Bring your mat.

    Location: Turrell Skyspace Lawn (behind Shepherd School)  Time: 12-12:45pm

    Our very Julia Amborski will lead us through a 45 minute session of gentle stretching, meditation and relaxation.  Please join us and bring your yoga mat if you have one. 

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 

    Fourth Annual Rice Financial Fair

    Location: Grand Hall of the RMC                                               Time: 11am - 3pm

    Rice University offers its faculty and staff a variety of financial benefits which can help balance overall wellbeing. How can Rice’s off campus partners such as TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, Social Security Administration, and even Rice’s own benefits team help you reach your retirement and financial goals? Only one way to find out, come to the Fourth Annual Rice Financial Fair!

    Thursday, October 22, 2015 

    Walk the Inner Loop with President Leebron

    Location: Meet outside the Allen Center                              Time:  1:30-2:30pm

    Please join President Leebron and other respected leaders of Rice University on a walk around our beautiful campus.  Grab your comfy shoes and meet outside the Allen Center at 1:30pm. 

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    Mind your Health – Healthy Lunches Information Session, presented by Rosie Gonzalez, Wellness Manager

    Location: Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library                  Time: 10-11am 

    This seminar focuses on the key strategies to plan for a healthy lunch and to make the most of your break time. You will learn simple tips for packing a healthy lunch, ideas for eating out healthfully, and ways to make your lunch break overall healthy and enjoyable.


     Wellness Interest Survey

    We want to hear from you - tell us what you want to see out of our wellness program.  

    Take a quick survey here: Wellness Interest Survey

    Flu Shots

    Rice is offering flu shots to all benefits - eligible faculty, staff, and retirees.  Learn more, click here: Seasonal flu shots  

    HealthFitness WebPortal

    Set up an account through our new webportal - this is new to Rice and offers a digital hub that is personalized to you as well as interactive tools and resources!  Here are some reasons why you should set-up your account:

    • Calculate your calorie needs and even find healthy recipes
    • Learn about a specific health conditions and medication
    • Participate in the Wellness Challenges
    • Take the Health Assessment to learn areas of improvement for yourself
    • Set fitness goals 
    • Link your wireless device Fitbit, Nike+, Body Media, Fitbug, Jawbone UP, Omron and more!     

     Make sure to use all of the leading zeros of your E number when registering with the portal. For example:  E00012345 


    Contact Information

    Rosie Gonzalez

    Wellness Manager

    Phone:  713-348-3538

    Email:  rg43@rice.edu  

     Weight Watchers

    Rice will subsidize half of the cost of meetings for benefits-eligible faculty and staff for either the online Weight Watchers Program, or local community meetings (at this time, we no longer have enough participation to hold meetings on campus). The program is now on a month-to-month basis.

    To enroll, visit http://wellness.weightwatchers.com and use the following employer ID and password under the "New Registration" box:

    • Company ID = 28327
    • Company Passcode = fyPMoVnL

    Once you log in, you will enter your information exactly as it is listed with Rice (specifically, your name, birth date and "Unique ID" which is your employee ID (for example, "E00001234").

    For instructions on how to use the Weight Watchers portal, please call the Weight Watchers help desk at 1-866-204-2885 or at wellnesshelp@weightwatchers.com 

    The cost of the program is $39.95 per month (or $19.97 per month with the 50% subsidy).

    You may enter the program at any time (at a prorated cost) -- simply go to the portal above or one of the scheduled meetings for more information.  

    Other Healthy Links

    • Aetna's GlobalFit -- Aetna members receive discounts on membership at participating, independent health clubs.
    • Aetna Natural Products Information -- Aetna members can order health-related products through Vitamin Advantage or Natural Products.
    • Rice University's Recreation Center -- check out the Specialty Programs (popular among faculty & staff)!
    • Want to get walking? You have several options on our beautiful campus, walk the inner loop which is 1 mile or the outer loop which is about 3 miles! 
    • Join the American Heart Association's Start! program. Start! is the AHA's national movement to get Americans walking all year round, whether at home, at work or somewhere in between. Their focus is simple -- Walk more. Eat well. Live longer. Sign up for the free MyStart!Online page to Start! your journey today!

    The goal for the Rice Wellness Program is a healthier, happier faculty and staff - we hope you enjoy the program and look forward to a healthier you!


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