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
Rice is offering flu shots to all benefits - eligible faculty, staff, and retirees. Learn more, click here: Seasonal flu shots
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:
Make sure to use all of the leading zeros of your E number when registering with the portal. For example: E00012345
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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