An employee benefits consultant from BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. (our new broker) will be available from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Carrington Conference room, (fourth floor Student Center).
There is no set agenda for this session, so please bring questions and concerns to be addressed. If you would prefer a one-one session, feel free to ask the representative who will coordinate a time and date with you.
Enrollment in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is now available online via the Discovery Benefits website. Directions for creating an account, logging in, and enrolling in the plan were attached to an email sent on Monday. We do offer debit cards as noted in question 9 in the attachment. Please note, if you signed up for the High Deductible/Health Savings Account, you cannot enroll in the Flexible Spending Account with the exception of the dependent care option. Additional information on how the Flexible Spending Account works is located at www.discoverybenefits.com. Booklets are available in the HR office.
Ted Hunt, our broker, will be available on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Blount Chapel from 3-6 p.m. to answer any questions concerning the FSA option as well as any other insurance concerns. Feel free to drop in before you enroll or re-enroll in the plan. You must enroll in the FSA plan every year.
Enrolling online with Discovery Benefits, our Flexible Spending Account administrator, just got easier! The link for online enrollment will be sent via faculty and staff email on Dec. 2. Enrollment will be open through Dec. 10 for the 2014 account year.
Consider this is your friendly reminder to complete your online enrollment for medical/dental benefits by midnight Nov. 30 for the 2014 year. Go to gatewayhealth.com to enroll. If you have questions, feel free to email Chris McFarling at Gateway Health email@example.com or Nick Gilger at BB&T, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open enrollment for the University's health plans begins Nov. 12 and ends Nov. 30 - it will be online this year. Information sessions regarding the online enrollment tool will be held on the Main Campus (and one at the Riverview Campus). Additional information concerning changes to the health plan will also be discussed at that time.
Packets of information via email and hard copy will be forthcoming.
Specific dates and times for open enrollment sessions are as follows:
Nov. 12, 7-7:45 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; MP Room
Nov. 13, 7-7:45 a.m.; 11 a.m.-Noon; MP Room
Nov. 14, 7-7:45 am; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; 3-4 p.m.; MP Room
Nov. 15, 7-7:45 a.m.; 11 a.m.-Noon; 3-4 p.m.; MP Room
Nov. 19, 10-11 a.m.; 3-4 p.m.; MP Room
Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-Noon; Riverview Board Room
Nov. 21, 10-11 a.m.; MP Room
Nov. 22, 3-4 p.m.; MP Room
The online tool will continue to be available through Nov. 30.
A clinic for flu shots for faculty and staff is this Thursday (Oct. 31) from 7-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. and Friday (Nov. 1) from 7-10 a.m.
This year's clinic is provided by CVS. CVS technicians will be set up in the Carrington Conference Room and the club area of the Student Center (both are on the fourth floor). The cost of the flu shot is covered 100 percent for members of the University's health plan. All other plans will be submitted to the insurance carrier. Everyone must present a valid insurance card for processing.
All participants will receive a 20 percent off coupon to CVS.
Please help the CVS staff determine the level of interest in receiving the flu vaccine by sending an email to Stephen Rudder at Stephen.email@example.com. He is the pharmacy supervisor who schedules pharmacy technicians per clinic. He wants to make sure he has enough staff and vaccines available for our faculty, staff and students.
Don't forget, the last wellness clinic is this morning and runs until 10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Walk-ins are welcome although registration is encouraged. You can schedule a screening appointment here.
Light breakfast refreshments will be available and a lunch ticket for screening participants will be provided. All promotional materials are posted on the intranet.
Remember that the annual wellness screenings for health plan participants will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday, in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. There's still time to register.
Need to get your flu shot? A clinic for faculty and staff has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31 from 7-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 1 from 7-10 a.m.
CVS technicians will be set up in the Carrington Conference Room and the club area of the Student Center (both are on the fourth floor). The cost of the flu shot is covered 100 percent for members of the University's health plan. All other plans will be submitted to the insurance carrier. Everyone must present a valid insurance card for processing.
All participants will receive a 20 percent off coupon to CVS.
The University will be holding open enrollment for health benefit options in November. Dates, times and venues will be announced soon.
Need to get your flu shot? A clinic for faculty and staff has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1. CVS technicians will be set up in the Carrington Conference Room and the club area of the Student Center (both are on the fourth floor). The cost of the flu shot is covered 100 percent for members of the University's health plan. All participants will receive a 20 percent off coupon to CVS.
Please help the CVS staff determine the level of interest in receiving the flu vaccine and the time frame that would best suit our employees by clicking here.
Attention all University health plan participants! The annual wellness screenings will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Registration information will be sent to all plan members via email.
The privacy practices notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed as well as how you can access this information. Please take time to review it carefully.
The information is posted on the intranet for your convenience and will be included in your open enrollment benefits packets. Click here to access the information.
Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be on campus, Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Wednesday, Sept. 18 for transition seminars and one-on-one sessions. Detailed information will be sent via email next week.
Please use your Primary Physician Care insurance card when visiting the dentist. The old Delta Dental card has expired and you will get a denial letter from Delta Dental. If you have already visited the dentist you will need to provide your dentist with Primary Physician Care insurance card for them to resubmit.
Thank you to all who participated in the spring Wellness Screening clinics earlier this month. The fall clinics will be scheduled for October.
For more information concerning your health management results or for future screening dates, contact Leslie Crumpton at Gateway Health (434) 877-8930, option 0 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Wellness and Health Screenings are scheduled for your convenience and health management this spring. The Gateway Health nurses will be on campus, Wednesday, April 3; Thursday, April 4; and Friday, April 5, from 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center.
The Health Risk Assessment and Screening Registration forms are available online for those employees on the Averett University health plan. Visit www.gatewayhealth.com, select "login, members" and login to your Personal Health Record.
Upcoming dates for the Lavinder Group Q&A sessions are: Thursday, March 14 from 8-10 a.m. and 3-5 p.m., and Thursday, April 4 at the same times. They are available to discuss questions and concerns concerning our health and dental plans. All sessions will be in the SGA conference room on the fourth floor of the Student Center.
Gateway Health administrators are reprinting new health/dental plan identification cards for all participants. They will be mailed to your home addresses in the first week of March, although it's possible you have already received your new card.
Summary of Benefits and Coverage booklets outlining medical, vision, dental, and prescription coverage, copays, deductibles, etc. are coming to your campus mailboxes soon. Regional faculty and staff members will receive their booklets at their home addresses.
MedExpress, which is located on Enterprise Drive next to Starbucks, is considered in-network for anyone on the Averett Insurance Plan. Visit their website at medexpress.com.
When trying to achieve a healthy lifestyle, you need to make sure that you don't set goals that conflict. It's best to prioritize and work toward one goal at a time.
If you have a performance goal to complete a 10-mile run, you need to make sure that you are fueling your body properly with the right amount of calories so you have enough energy to perform. It's better to take in a few extra calories than not enough. If you try to cut your calories too much while training, you could not only inhibit your performance, but may cause your metabolism to slow down, which can result in weight gain.
If your goal is to lose weight, then your focus should be on balancing the number of calories you take in versus the calories you burn through daily activity, exercise and rest. Your goal is to burn more calories than you consume. Your exercise should be at a light to moderate intensity level, depending on your doctor's recommendations.
For more articles and videos on wellness related issues please visit the health library.
"There are two types of plateaus," explains Shira Capellini, an expert in exercise and sports medicine. "A mental plateau is where you find yourself dreading your workouts, you're bored and complacent, and you're counting the seconds until you're finished. A physiological plateau is when your body becomes adapted or gets used to your routine and you don't see any improvements such as weight loss or increased cardiovascular capacity. If you want to see results, you're going to have to make some changes."
The changes Capellini recommends involve the FITT principle, which is an acronym for the four basic elements of a well-rounded workout. "F" stands for frequency, "I" for intensity, "T" is for type, and the second "T" is for time. To continue making progress toward your fitness goals, you should change one or more of these elements every four to six weeks. The variety will also keep you from getting bored.
For more articles and videos on wellness related issues please visit www.trainforlifeamerica.com.
Do you find it difficult to fit in your recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity? Don't think of it as a once-a-day event; instead break up the time into shorter segments throughout the day. To mix it up try doing different activities for each segment – eight flights of stairs between meetings, a walk around the block at lunch and a deskercise session to get you through the afternoon! Ten or 15 minutes on breaks, lunch or between floors can add up in a hurry.
Start by thinking of activities you can do during the day based on your environment. Next, determine times throughout the day when you can accomplish the activities. Finally, make it part of your daily routine.
The deadline has been extended until end of day Friday, Nov. 9 for anyone wanting to enroll in the flexible spending account with Discovery Benefits. Please send your forms to Kathie Tune, director of human resources.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and while there are things women can't change (age or family history), they can make healthy choices that will have an impact on their wellbeing.
Risk factors you can control:
Know the signs
Maintain your weight
Eat a healthy diet
Minimize exposure to estrogen from the environment (hormones in meat), hormone replacement therapy and alcohol consumption
Free onsite health screenings will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 31 and Thursday, Nov. 8 for all eligible employees, spouses, and adult children (ages 18-26) who are on the University's health plan. Gateway nurses will be available for screenings each day from 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. The screenings are part of a completely voluntary and confidential worksite wellness program called Healthy Solutions, which is provided through Gateway Health.
Visit www.gatewayhealth.com, select "login, members" and login to your Personal Health Record. Once you complete your Health Risk Assessment you will be directed to select a date and time for your onsite screening.
For more information, contact Kathie Tune at ext. 17106.
The Virginia Department of Health will administer the flu vaccine at Averett on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7-10 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Student Center.
The Health Department representatives will need a copy of your insurance card for processing. All insurance provider cards will be accepted and processed. There is no cost for the vaccine for Averett University health plan participants.
One of the very best ways to provide the freshest, most nutritious food for your family is to use locally grown produce whenever possible. Incorporating fruits and vegetables grown close to home will give you the best flavor and it is great for the environment.
The first step is finding the farmers' market closest to you – in Danville there is the Community Market downtown on Craghead Street. It is open on Saturdays from May through October. If you don't live in Danville and aren't sure where a farmers' market is in your area, websites such as Local Harvest list markets by state and city making it easy to locate a farmers' market near you.
Why not try out this recipe with some fresh, local fare?
Roasted Tomato and Cheese Tart with Spring Salad
Makes 6 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
3 plum tomatoes
1 large red onion, cut into wedges
1 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 refrigerated crust for 9-inch pie
2 tbsp. plus 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) reduced fat shredded Cheddar, Jack or Mozzarella cheese
1 bag (10 oz.) spring salad mix
1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon, dried)
2 tbsp. fresh orange juice
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut ends from tomatoes and slice each tomato into four wedges. Place tomato and onion wedges on parchment. Brush with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Bake 20 minutes or until edges of onion are lightly browned; set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Unroll pie crust on baking sheet. Spread mustard over crust. Sprinkle cheese over mustard, allowing 1-inch border around crust without cheese. Remove about 1/2 of the onion wedges from baking sheet and set aside. Arrange remaining onion and roasted tomato over cheese. Fold 1-inch border up over tart edge. Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry crust is browned and cheese is melted. Sprinkle tart with thyme leaves and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.
Whisk together remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon mustard, orange juice, vinegar and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Toss dressing with salad mix and remaining onion. Cut tart into wedges and serve with salad.
Yield: 1/6 of tart plus about 3/4 cups of salad and 1/2 tablespoon of dressing, per serving
Recipe created on behalf of by 3-Every-Day™ of Dairy Chef Scott Campbell of SQC, New York.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and as such is the perfect time to make sure your immunizations are up to date. Immunizations are not just for babies and young kids, everyone needs shots to help protect us from serious diseases and illnesses. Everyone over age six months needs a seasonal flu shot every year.
Here are some other shots people need:
• Children under age six get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox and hepatitis
• All 11 and 12 year olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and menigitis
• All adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years
• People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot
Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need.
It’s hot, and unless you don’t leave the comforts of the air conditioning you’ll have to deal with the heat of the summer sun. If you do brave the outdoors there are some precautions you should take:
• Stay out of the sun entirely, if that’s impossible, avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest.
• If you are out at midday, use a good quality sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
• Stay in shade when you can and reapply sunscreen as directed.
• Wear sunglasses, and even glasses, with UV protection.
• Drink water often if you are outside. If you run, drink eight ounces of water before you go, carry enough water to drink four ounces at least every 20 minutes and hydrate with at least eight ounces when you return.
Did you know that June is National Men's Health Month? And furthermore, did you know that regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings can not only improve your health but prevent premature disability and even death?
Ask your doctor how often you should be screened for: high blood pressure (HTN), heart disease, high cholesterol, PSA testing, diabetes, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer.
Since 1974, May has been recognized as National High Blood Pressure Education Month. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and kidney disease. You can maintain healthy blood pressure by changing your lifestyle or combining lifestyle changes with prescribed medications.
Symptoms of high blood pressure include: headache, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea/vomiting, chest pain and shortness of breath.
For more information, contact your Healthy Solutions Wellness Nurse at 1-877-846-8930 or wellnessRN@gatewayhealth.com
Too often a salad is thought of as a side-dish, and even then it is quickly thrown together then covered in a heavy dressing. Of course there is no right or wrong way to make a salad, but keep in mind the amazing nutritional opportunity a salad can present. Using high quality vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy products and proteins will not only ensure the highest nutrient content, it will also ensure high-quality taste. Salads make wonderful main course dishes when lean protein sources and healthy fat sources are among the ingredients.
For more information and recipes follow the link to Train for Life America.
Averett University is pleased to announce that free onsite health screenings will be offered April 18 & 19 from 7-10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room for all employees, spouses, and adult children (ages 18-26) on the Averett University Employee Health Plan.
Sign up online by visiting www.gatewayhealth.com, select "login, members" and login to your personal health record. If you have not registered previously, click the "register" link to sign in and complete the required information.
Once you complete your Health Risk Assessment, you will be directed to select a date and time for your onsite screening.
Gateway Health's new physical and mailing address is 1500 Fulton Heights, Danville, VA, 24541. Claims should still be sent to the Charlotte, NC address.
Wellness Clinics will be held on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. Appointments will be available from 7-10 a.m. Stay tuned for more information.
Updates to the plan document for our Health Insurance Plan are now posted on the web at www.averett.edu/facstaff/forms/hr. This document outlines coverage, co-pays and care management and more. Please refer to this document when you have questions concerning the Averett University Employee Health Plan.
As you set fitness goals for yourself in the New Year here are some pointers to keep you on a balanced path:
1. Schedule time throughout the week for your workout. Keep in mind that you can break it into 10- or 15-minute periods that you can work into your day.
2. Plan for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise.
3. Include strength training at least two days a week that works all your major muscle groups.
4. Select your activities based on your personal interests. Do you like to work out in a group or alone? Do you enjoy swimming, biking or running or do you prefer playing tennis, dancing or skating?
For more recommendations on a balanced fitness program click here and for more articles and videos on wellness related issues please visit the health library.
The Wellness Services section of the Averett University Health Plan has been amended to add the following for 2012. Flu shots will now be payable at 100 percent when administered by an In-Network provider. For example, if you are having prescriptions filled at CVS, which is an In-Network provider, then you will also be able to add your flu shot to their list of services. The pharmacy will submit the cost of the service for you. Click on faculty/staff forms for more information concerning this amendment.
Feel free to contact Kathie Tune in the human resources office with questions.