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2014 Open Enrollment for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA

Open Enrollment for the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is fast approaching, and employees are reminded to start planning. FSA Open Enrollment will be October 29 – November 12, 2014. There are two FSA plans offered to benefits-eligible staff and faculty: the Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA. Based on the employee’s annual election, a predetermined dollar amount is deducted each payday on a pretax basis. This money can then be utilized for eligible out-of-pocket expenses. 

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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Welcome Dorothy T. Anderson

Vice President, Human Resources

Effective September 12, 2014, the University of New Mexico named Dorothy Anderson as the vice president for Human Resources. 

Anderson brings 24 years of service in public education and human resources, including over 12 years of directly related HR experience and seven years in higher education. Her most recent appointment was as the director of Human Resources Administration at New Mexico State University (NMSU). 

“I am honored to be selected as the University of New Mexico’s next vice president of Human Resources,” Anderson said. “New Mexico is my home and I am excited to continue working in higher education in this great state.” 

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University-Wide Required Training

The 2014 University-Wide Required Training has been loaded to all staff and faculty learning plans. The following are the 2014 courses (many employees may have additional training that is required): 

• Preventing Sexual Harassment 2014 
• Basic Annual Safety Training 2014 

Although employees have until the end of the year to complete the training, we encourage employees to complete all the required training as soon as possible. The 2014 training will no longer be accessible after December 31, 2014. 

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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October 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the October 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of October.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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Wellness Events - October 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing

When: October 2, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)

Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143

Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works Fall passes are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Fall fitness schedules.

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Don't Miss Preventive Health Days 2014

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is proud to host UNM’s annual Preventive Health Days. Services are available to all UNM faculty/staff, their spouses, and dependents 18-26 years of age. During Preventive Health Days you can participate in a variety of screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose testing, and many more.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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8-Minute Lower Body Workout with Band

In this workout, Coach Nicole will lead you through a series of 5 exercises (plus stretches) that will work your entire lower body. Perfect for travelers or home exercisers, the exercises in this workout require very little space and can be done virtually anywhere! 

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15. 

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Healthy Halloween 2014

Fall is in the air and the holiday season is quickly approaching. As the days become shorter and the temperatures cooler, it can be tough to stay motivated with activity and healthy eating.

Read the newsletter article for tips to combat the sugar rush of Halloween and start the holiday season nutritionally strong.

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Wellness Champion - Cynthia Layton

If sports teams can have #1 fans, why not departments? Employee Health Promotion (EHP) unofficially declares Cynthia Layton as our #1 fan and Wellness Champion for the month of October. 

Cynthia works as an HR Administrator for the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences, and before that she worked for the pediatric department. No matter where Cynthia works, she is always involved with EHP programs and a great motivator for her coworkers.

Read the newsletter article for more about Cynthia's wellness success. 

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Title IX Obligations for Faculty and Staff

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 has been traditionally known as a law that protects females in athletics. However, this law encompasses much more than just women in sports. In recent years, there has been a push to combat sexual assault and harassment on college campuses through Title IX. 

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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2014 Required Training

Available in Learning Central

The 2014 calendar year is half over.  Have you completed your required training?  This year there are two University-Wide required online courses:

Preventing Sexual Harassment 2014
Basic Annual Safety Training 2014

You have until December 31, 2014 to complete the training, however, we encourage all employees to complete the required training as soon as possible.  You can access the training in Learning Central. Read the newsletter article for instructions and more information.

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Feedback for Employee Organizational Development (EOD)

Share Your Thoughts

Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of UNM leadership and professional development.  We invite you to talk with us about your experience. 

Read the newsletter article for more information. 

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September 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the September 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of September.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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Wellness Events - September 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing

When: September 4, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)

Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143

Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works Fall pass will be available to purchase Mid-August! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Fall fitness schedules.

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Preventive Health Days 2014

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is pleased to announce our annual Preventive Health Days screenings and activities. UNM encourages every employee at each participating campus to engage in these events and discover new ways to be healthy. Screenings include mammograms, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and more. Participants will have the opportunity to receive wellness giveaways and other prizes. 

Read the newsletter article to learn more.

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12-Minute Pilates Abs Workout

This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your abdominals, obliques and lower back--without any equipment. Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 11 Pilates exercises (plus stretches) for a complete core challenge. 

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

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Employee Health Promotion Presents Ola Ala

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

CARS is Here to Help!

Did you know that as an employee of the University you can get free services through Counseling Assistance & Referral Services (CARS)?

All regular full-time or part-time employees (as described in Employee Classification Policy 3200, UBPPM) are eligible to use CARS services.  In addition, their spouses/domestic partners and retirees are eligible to receive services through CARS.

CARS clinicians can help you by providing up to eight sessions of individual or couples counseling, as well as supervisory consultations, referrals to other resources for assistance, Faculty/Staff training, workshops, presentations, critical incident debriefing, and crisis intervention.

For more information, read the Newsletter article

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New and Updated FMLA Resources Available

Departments/Frontline Managers

These FMLA Resources are available to assist Departments/Frontline Managers with the proper administration of FMLA Requests, helping them remain compliant. The resources will also provide three key components to FMLA Administration.

Read the newsletter article for more information. 

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Check Your Paystub

For FY2015 Updates

Fiscal Year 2015 began July 1, 2014, and many key changes went into effect on that date. Non-exempt employees should already have seen the changes on their biweekly paystubs, while exempt employees will see the changes reflected in their monthly paystubs. Review your paystub and LoboWeb to verify these changes.

Read the newsletter article for more information. 

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Look for the New Healthy U Graphic

In keeping with the goal of staying lean and fit, EHP updated the Healthy U graphic, giving it a sleek new look! So when you see the Healthy U stamp of approval, remember that it’s synonymous with EHP’s mission of helping to promote a Healthier You!

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August 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the August 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of August.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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Wellness Events - August 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When:            August 7, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time:              7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where:           Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost:               Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C                               costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions:  No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information. 

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works Fall pass will be available to purchase Mid-August! Visit the Recreational Services website for the upcoming fall fitness schedules.

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EHP Offers Individual Nutrition Counseling

Are you looking to improve how you eat? EHP can help you achieve your nutrition goals! Whether you want to lose weight, control diabetes, or just add healthier foods to your life, our individual consulting services can get you there. You’ll meet with one of our registered dietitians who will help you develop your own personal eating plan.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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12-Minute Low Impact Cardio Workout

Boost your metabolism and burn calories in this quick, 12-minute cardio excerpt from the three-DVD set, ''Keeping Fit: Cardio, Strength, Pilates.'' Andrea Metcalf guides you through low-impact exercises to help you maintain your figure and preserve bone and muscle health at any age.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Wellness Champion - Tina Otero

Ever have the feeling of being a prisoner in your own body? Or not having the energy to do the things that you want? Tina Otero had enough of feeling trapped by her health struggles. She was tired of her lower back and knees aching, felt exhausted just from walking, and didn’t want to be “big” anymore. Tina knew she needed to make a change, and felt motivated by the need to be a role model for her 4-year-old son. With the support of her family, she was able to break free and take charge of her body.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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Medical Plan Representatives on Campus

BlueCross BlueShield, Presbyterian, and UNM Health

BlueCross BlueShield NM, Presbyterian, and UNM Health representatives will be available on campus to meet with individuals one-on-one. If you are an active employee with questions about your insurance plan, claims issues, and/or future service, this is your opportunity to speak personally with an insurance representative. For more information, please read the full article.

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Changes in Effect as of July 1, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 begins next week, and many key changes will go into effect as of July 1, 2014. Read the newsletter article for details on these important updates.

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Union MSU Updates

US-UNM: Effective the pay period beginning July 26, 2014, all US-UNM bargaining unit employees who were in an active status with continuous employment prior to January 1, 2014, who are in active status on July 1, 2014, and who have completed their probationary period, will receive a two-and-a-half percent (2.5%) increase to their hourly rate.

CWA: Effective July 1, 2014, all CWA bargaining unit employees who were in an active status with continuous employment prior to January 1, 2014, who are in an active status on July 1, 2014, and who are no longer on probation, will receive a two-and-a-half percent (2.5%) increase to their hourly rate.

POA: Effective July 1, 2014, all POA bargaining unit employees who were in an active status with continuous employment prior to January 1, 2014, who are in an active status on July 1, 2014, and who have completed their probationary period, will receive a two-and-a-half percent (2.5%) increase to their hourly rate. Employees eligible for this increase must not have received a Performance Review rating of “Improvement Needed” for 2013.

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Medical Plan ID Cards

UNM’s Medical Plan Third Party Administrators (BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico, Presbyterian Health Plan, and UNM Health) will be sending ID cards to their respective enrolled populations on or around July 1, 2014.  If you need to receive services on or after July 1, 2014 and have not received your ID card, you can contact your Third Party Administrator’s Customer Service number for assistance.

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Fourth of July 2014

Holiday Schedule

The University will observe Independence Day on Friday, July 4, 2014. Here is a complete list of other holidays observed throughout the year. 

For more information about holidays, visit University Business Policies and Procedures #3405 (Holidays).

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July 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the July 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of July.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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Wellness Calendar of Events - July 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
There will be no blood testing for the month of July. The next blood testing will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works passes are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for summer fitness schedules.

 

Read the Newsletter Article

15-Minute Abs Workout

This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your abdominals, obliques, lower back, and hips without any equipment. Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 10 exercises (plus stretches) for a complete core challenge.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $15.

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Wellness Champions - Tom and Celeste Cole

Working on healthy behaviors at work can be a little easier if your coworkers are on board, but what about when you’re home and have outside influences such as your spouse, children, family and/or roommates? Tom and Celeste Cole are proof that having support both places can really help accelerate lifestyle change.

Read the newsletter article to learn more about Celeste and Tom's journey. 

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Status Update on the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Trust

Last year, beginning July 1, 2013, employees choosing to participate in the VEBA contributed ½% of their salary to the VEBA, and UNM contributed ½%. This year, employees will contribute ¾%, and UNM will contribute ¾%. The third year, employees will contribute 1% and UNM will contribute 1%.  See the chart and more information in the full article.

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Management Academy 2014

Are you a new, aspiring, or current manager looking to enhance your skills and learn how to navigate the University environment?  By participating in Management Academy you will learn about UNM Policies and Procedures in a cohort program.  Employee & Organizational Development is excited to announce the new program dates for the 2014/2015 Management Academy Program. Visit our Management Academy webpage and browse the Management Academy brochure to learn more about the program.

Read the full article for important program dates and more info.

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Employee Referral Program

Did you know that UNM offers the option of an Employee Referral Program? Your department can work with HR Client Services to develop a customizable program that will help with employee recruitment. 

Read the full article for more information. 

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10-Minute Jump Start Cardio Workout

Coach Nicole has created an easy-to-follow cardio workout that you can do anywhere, without any equipment. This video will lead you through a short warm up, cardio workout, cool down and stretching routine in about 10 minutes, making it easy to fit into your day. This workout is appropriate for people of many different fitness levels and abilities.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Wellness Calendar of Events - June 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When:            June 5, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time:              7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where:           Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost:               Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and   HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions:  No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If you’re only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information. 

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works passes are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the summer fitness schedules.

Read the Newsletter Article

Training Calendar - June 2014

Take a look at the June 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of June.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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CWA and POA Contract Updates

The Police Officer’s Association (POA) has ratified. Their updated Agreement will be placed on the website shortly. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has tentatively agreed to a contract.

When all union contracts have been finalized, details will be available on the MSU Guidelines webpage

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Pre-65 Retiree Open Enrollment Delay

Open Enrollment for Pre-65 Retirees and Pre-65 Retirees’ Dependents will be delayed until Wednesday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 21.

The Division of Human Resources will be posting more information on the HR website as it becomes available, and will be mailing information to all Pre-65 retirees and Pre-65 retirees’ dependents. 

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Relief from Higher Out-of-Pocket Maximums

As we move forward to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while also attempting to control medical costs, we have found a way to provide some relief from the effect of the higher out-of-pocket maximums that were implemented as a cost saving method. Under the new ACA guidelines, we will be able to apply all out-of-pocket payments toward meeting your out-of-pocket maximum. This means your office visit co-pays, prescription co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles will all be applied to that maximum amount.

Read the full article for more information. 

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A Clarification on the Open Enrollment Period for Post-65 Retirees

The pending sale of Lovelace to BlueCross BlueShield has created a lot of confusion as to how the UNM-sponsored Medicare plans will be affected, specifically for those that are currently enrolled in the Lovelace Sr. plans. To clarify, this sale does not create a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) under Medicare, and as a result, you are not required - nor are you able - to make changes to your selection of Medicare provider during the upcoming Open Enrollment period.

Read the full article for more information. 

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May 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the May 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of May.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter.

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People course offers a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People offers a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service and human dignity - principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

This course is offered in three sessions, on May 2, 9, and 16, 2014. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn ways to be more effective in your personal and professional life. Go to Learning Central to register.

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Union Salary Increase Update

A tentative agreement has been reached with the Police Officer’s Association (POA) and the Communication Workers of America (CWA) on a 2.5% increase effective July 1, 2014. Both Unions are taking the Agreements forward for ratification.

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Wellness Calendar of Events - May 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When: May 1, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and   HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).
Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If you’re only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works pass are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the spring fitness schedules.

Read the Newsletter Article

Healthy U Ambassadors

Do you love wellness? Do you want to help influence wellness programs on campus? If so, Employee Health Promotion has a role for you. Join our newly formed Healthy U Ambassadors and help grow our wellness culture at UNM. A culture of wellness hinges on our community being empowered to make informed decisions that positively impact their health.

For more information, read the full article. 

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7-Minute Belly Blast Workout with Dumbbells

This workout is part of SparkPeople's 7-Day Bootcamp Workout plan. Coach Nicole has created an easy-to-follow core workout that you can do anywhere, with a pair of dumbbells. These targeted exercises (plus stretches) will help you develop tighter and firmer muscles over time.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Wellness Champion - UNMMG Stretch Champions

Regular stretching has countless benefits that range from easing lower back pain to improved flexibility. Stretching can even increase productivity while reducing stress, especially when you feel tied down to a chair on a particularly busy day. And when your co-workers join in, stretching can be fun and enjoyable! This is exactly what happens at UNM Medical Group, where regular stretching breaks help keep everyone limber and focused during the workday.

For more information, read the full article. 

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The Open Enrollment Period: A Clarification for Retirees

The pending sale of Lovelace to BlueCross BlueShield has created a lot of confusion as to how the UNM-sponsored Medicare plans will be affected, specifically for those that are currently enrolled in the Lovelace Sr. plans. To clarify, this sale does not create a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) under Medicare, and as a result, you are not required - nor are you able - to make changes to your selection of Medicare provider during the upcoming Open Enrollment period.

Read the full article for more information. 

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Join the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor2.0 Program

A UNM Volunteer Initiative

In 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters launched a new mentoring program that President Frank identified as a great fit for faculty and exempt staff at UNM.  The program is called mentor2.0 and focuses on high school students.

The mentor2.0 program is working to place mentors with 9th grade students at South Valley Academy located on Coors and Blake SW and Amy Biehl High School in downtown Albuquerque.  The goal is to match every incoming freshman in these two schools with a mentor, in order to increase graduation rates.

We understand that you may be hesitant to volunteer for a program that you don’t know that much about.  Here is a video describing a similar program in New York City called iMentor.  This is the program upon which Big Brothers Big Sisters is building their mentor2.0 program.

Read the full article for more information.

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Salary Planner Reminder – FY2015

The FY2015 HR Guidelines for Salary Planner will be published on March 26, 2014.  These guidelines will incorporate any increases approved by the Board of Regents. Check the Human Resources website for latest information on Mass Salary Update Guidelines.

For more information, review the article from last month’s newsletter. For additional details on Position Management, Org Codes, and Labor Distribution, review the Salary Planner FY15 Presentation

Read the newsletter article for more information.

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April 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the April 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of April.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter

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2014-2015 Catastrophic Leave Program

Information for Fiscal Year 2015

What is the Catastrophic Leave Program?
The Catastrophic Leave Program provides financial assistance to eligible employees when they or their immediate family member experiences an approved catastrophic illness/injury.  A catastrophic illness or injury is an acute or prolonged illness or injury that is considered life threatening, or with the threat of serious residual disability, which results in the employee’s inability to work.  Each request to receive benefits is evaluated under the program guidelines and includes a medical review and determination.

Read the newsletter article for more information. 

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Wellness Calendar of Events - April 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When: April 3, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and   HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If you’re only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information. 

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works pass are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the spring fitness schedules.

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April Fooling Your Way to Health

Hot new research finally reveals that ice cream cures diabetes! Eat a pint a day, combined with hours of watching TV and you’ll have the body and health of an athletic twenty-year-old… April Fools’!

Wouldn’t it be nice if the news on April Fools’ Day were actually true? The real world may not work that way, but April Fools’ Day can still help boost your health. So put down the ice cream bowl and read the newsletter article to find out how.

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11-Minute Chair Cardio Workout

Do you sit at a desk all day? Are you confined to a chair? Do you struggle with mobility issues? Then this workout is for you! This short and simple cardio workout will elevate your heart rate to burn calories and fat in just minutes!

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks

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Wellness Champion - Pediatrics Prevention and Population Science Department

When running an errand on campus, travel time can take longer than the actual errand. If you drive, you have to find parking, and if you walk it might be a 30-minute round trip.  Leslie Trickey, a 23-year employee of the University of New Mexico, and the rest of the Pediatrics Prevention and Population Sciences department found an easier way to get around campus - biking. They are able to save time and boost physical activity by taking advantage of Parking and Transportation’s Lobo Bike program, available to all departments at UNM.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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Salary Planner Update – Fiscal Year 2015

The FY2015 HR Guidelines for Salary Planner will be published on March 26, 2014.  These guidelines will incorporate any Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) directives from the Board of Regents. Check the Human Resources website for latest information on Mass Salary Update Guidelines.

Read the newsletter article for some points to keep in mind during the Salary Planner refresh period.

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March 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the March 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of March.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter

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Annual Training Courses Keep Faculty, Staff Informed

If a fire broke out in your building, would you know what to do? Chances are if the acronym RACE (Rescue, Alert, Contain and Extinguish) pops in your head, it is because you have taken UNM’s annual online training. 

Since the University began the three annual training courses of Preventing Sexual Harassment, Basic Annual Safety Training, and Ethics: A Framework for Ethical Decision Making in 2010, participation by staff and faculty has steadily increased.

Read the newsletter article to learn more. 

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Wellness Calendar of Events - March 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing

When:          March 6, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time:            7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where:         Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost:             Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and   HbA1C                             costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If you’re only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information. 

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works pass are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Spring fitness schedules.

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Wellness Champion – Chef Shawn Weed

Looking for healthier options on campus that also taste great? Chartwells and UNM are collaborating to encourage a healthier culture here on campus. With the help of Senior Executive Chef Shawn Weed, Chartwells is bringing healthy, fresh, and local food options to various places around UNM.

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

March is National Nutrition month.  This year is all about showcasing how healthy food can really taste great. 

While we may all know our basic food groups and the importance of plenty of fruit, vegetables, and lean protein, sometimes we need an extra reason to eat healthy.  Taste can be that extra reason. With different communities and cultures, we’re seeing new dishes pop up all the time that can help you find some great new flavors to try. 

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9-Minute Seated Arm and Shoulder Workout

In this workout, Coach Nicole will lead you through a series of seated exercises that will help you tone your entire upper body and improve your flexibility.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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New Professional Development Series Classes

Three new EOD Professional Development Series Classes have been added for 2014. Mindfulness: Embracing the Present in Daily Life taught by Vanessa Haye, Building Bridges Across Generations at Work taught by JoEllen Ransom, and the Discover Your DISC Behavioral Style Workshop taught by EOD staff. For class schedules and to register, visit Learning Central.

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The 2013 Performance Review Cycle Continues

The Performance Review is a collaborative process between the employee and supervisor to determine how well 2013 goals and duties were accomplished, and to begin to set 2014 expectations.  The 2013 Performance Review cycle is in full swing!  It is time to complete self-assessments and schedule performance discussions. 

The Performance Review Form is used for self-assessments, annual reviews, and probationary reviews.  A Performance Goals Form is also available to discuss and record individual goals for 2014.  The 2013 Performance Review Form and Performance Goals Form are available at http://hr.unm.edu/consulting/performance-review.php along with FAQs, a timeline, and training information.  All completed 2013 Performance Review Forms must be turned in to Human Resources on or before March 1, 2014.

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Fire Prevention

The focus for this year’s Fire Prevention is all about kitchen fires, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cites some stark statistics that showcase why the kitchen is a great place to begin your home fire prevention strategy.

Dealing with Burn Injuries
Burns can inflict serious physical damage to the body. Often caused by close exposure to high temperatures, chemical reactions, or electrical current, burns vary in severity. The NFPA offers several downloadable resources and fact sheets to help you prevent fires and burn injuries in your own home.

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February 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the February 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of February.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter

 

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UNMTemps Launches UNM General Labor Pool

When it comes to recruiting and identifying talented, qualified applicants for the many trades and general labor position openings at UNM, there are two sides of the story. Hiring Officials may say, "Good and reliable trades and general labor applicants are hard to find quickly," while applicants may think, "I can't find a decent job out there." No matter which side of the coin you are on, finding qualified general labor support staff can be a challenging process.

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President Robert G. Frank Approves Policy Revisions


On Jan. 10, 2014, President Robert G. Frank approved revisions to UAP 1030 ("Gifts to the University") after conclusion of a 30-day public comment period.  With this revision and expansion of UAP 1030, the following policies have been rescinded: UAP 7110 ("Gifts of Tangible Personal Property") and UAP 7500 ("Endowments").

On Jan. 22, President Frank approved minor revisions to UAP 7200 ("Cash Management"), UAP 7225 ("Cashier Operation and Services"), UAP 7230 ("Financial Aid Disbursement"), and UAP 7250 ("Refunds") after conclusion of a 30-day public comment period.  The approved revisions update the policies and reflect current practices. Visit the Policy Office website for the latest policy news.

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Wellness Calendar of Events – February 2014

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When: February 6, 2014 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and   HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If you’re only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

 
Recreational Services Fitness Classes
The WOW and Works pass are available to purchase now! Visit the Recreational Services website for the Spring fitness schedules.

 

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Wellness Champion – The Matchup Participants

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) hosted a competition called “The Matchup” from September through December in 2013. The Matchup challenged individuals to lose weight with the encouragement of a team and the incentive of cash prizes. Participants had three months to lose weight and compete against other large employers nationally to win the grand prize of $10,000. The University of New Mexico placed 2nd as the overall employer with an average of 7% weight loss.

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Your Fitness and Nutrition Questions, Answered

Now that your New Year’s resolutions are in full force, do you have questions about your wellness goals? Employee Health Promotion’s Q&A service, Ask the Health Educator, focuses on fitness and nutrition topics relevant to the faculty and staff at UNM. Visit our website and submit your questions, or browse the list of previously answered questions. If your question is answered publicly, it will be anonymous. So don’t wait – use Ask the Health Educator to aid you in your wellness goals!

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For the Love of Chocolate

Valentine’s Day is coming up and that means love and chocolate. For the people who are in love with chocolate, the good news is that dark chocolate has been shown to have positive effects on the body in addition to satisfying your taste buds. Researchers have found that dark chocolate contains high amounts of ingredients that can improve your health and happiness.

Read the newsletter article to indulge in some tasty facts about dark chocolate.

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New U Bootcamp: 7-Minute Leg Shaping Workout

Coach Nicole has created an easy to follow lower body workout that you can do anywhere, with a pair of dumbbells (optional) and a stability ball. These targeted exercises and stretches will help you develop tighter and firmer muscles over time.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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HR Office Hours at HSC

The HR commitment is to continue our collaboration and strategic involvement with our constituents, and provide partnership to assist you while you navigate through complex HR issues.  Therefore, effective February 1, 2014, the HSC HR Team will establish office hours on North Campus. The new office space will be inside the HSLIC conference room located on the 1st floor.

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Organizational Metrics at UNM

The Division of Human Resources Client Services team has embarked on re-vamping and updating the HR Organizational Metrics currently used by Leadership throughout the University. Because performance metrics are most useful when analyzed as a group, Jack Srouji, HR Consulting Manager, recently formed an Organizational Metrics Task Force (OMTF) comprised of Leaders from various areas of the University for the purpose of garnering feedback on metric usage, suggested metrics, and developing more meaningful data.

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2013 Flexible Spending Account Grace Period Deadline

If you have money left over in your 2013 FSA account, there is a grace period until March 15, 2014, during which time you may incur expenses using your remaining 2013 funds.  If you enrolled in an FSA account for the 2014 Calendar Year and use your debit card, any remaining balance from your 2013 account will be used before accessing your 2014 funds. 

Stanley, Hunt, Dupree, and Rhine (SHDR) must receive paper claims by May 31, 2014 in order for you to be reimbursed from your 2013 account.  Please use this form for submitting manual claims.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact SHDR at (800) 768-4873 or (800) 930-2441, or visit http://shdr.com.

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What Happens When We Choke?

The UNM AED/CPR First-aid Program Explains

Choking can occur when a solid foreign object, such as a piece of food, enters a narrowed part of the airway and becomes stuck. On inhalation, the object can be drawn tighter into the airway where it blocks air from entering the lungs. When this happens, your help is required to save the choking person’s life.

An aid provider must be able to recognize the difference between a mild blockage and a severe blockage. With a mild blockage, a person can speak, cough, or gag. This type of blockage is typically cleared by coughing. Encourage someone with a mild blockage to cough forcibly. Stay close and be ready to take action if things worsen.

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January 2014 Training Calendar

Take a look at the January 2014 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of January.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter

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Fitness Benefits 2014

The New Year is upon us, and if a new you is on your resolution list then you’ll be glad to know that UNM has a variety of fitness and wellness services to help you reach your goals.

Recreational Services offers the World of Wellness (WOW) fitness pass that provides access to instructor-led fitness classes at Johnson Center, the John and June Perovich Business Center, Centennial Engineering, and Domenici Center. Classes include Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Personal Defense, Lobo Cycling, and many more.

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Holiday Schedule – Martin Luther King Day 2014

The University will observe Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 20, 2014. Here is a complete list of other holidays observed throughout the year. For more information about holidays, visit University Business Policies and Procedures #3405 (Holidays).

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Wellness Calendar of Events - January 2014

No January Testing, Get Your Recreational Services Fitness Classes

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
There will be no testing in January! The next test date is Thursday, February 6.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
Spring 2014 WOW and Works passes going on sale January 13. The new class schedule starts Tuesday, January 21. Visit the Recreational Services website for the WOW and Works pass spring schedule.

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Lifesteps® Weight Management Program for 2014

Did you know that an estimated 108 million Americans try dieting each year? The average dieter makes 4-5 dieting attempts per year but rarely succeeds in maintaining meaningful weight loss. Weight loss products and services make up a $66 billion industry that continues to grow daily, with overhyped claims that do little to impact our health.

Read the newsletter article to learn more and to see the full orientation session schedule. 

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Are you Savvy About Social Security?

Learn How to Maximize Retirement Income

A secure, comfortable retirement is everyone’s dream. Since most Americans depend on Social Security benefits for income in their retirement years, it’s important to plan ahead and become educated about what options are available to you.

Most people, by the time they’re ready to retire, have paid into the Social Security system for years, but really don’t understand how the benefits work. There are hundreds of ways to draw benefits under the Social Security system, and making bad decisions can cost you significantly over the course of your retirement. The Get Savvy About Social Security course attempts to bridge the information gap and allow for informed decisions.

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Dependent Education Deadline - For Spring 2014

The deadline to apply for the Dependent Education program for the Spring 2014 semester is Friday, December 6, 2013.  If you currently have a dependent in the program, you do not need to re-apply.  If you are a new enrollee or need to re-apply, please fill out the Dependent Education program application and return it to the HR Service Center by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 6, 2013.  The HR Service Center is located in the UNM Business Center at 1700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Suite 1400, MSC01 1220, Albuquerque, NM 87131.

Refer to University Business Policy 3700 for application procedures and eligibility requirements. 

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Employee Policy Acknowledgement

Effective September 2013, distribution of a required letter began for all newly hired staff, including on-call employees and temporary employees. This letter establishes acknowledgement of having received information on where UNM policies are located, and the employee’s responsibility to read and understand these policies. 

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December 2013 Training Calendar

Take a look at the December 2013 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of December.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

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Employee Learning Week 2013

December 2 - 6, 2013

Professional Development is more important now than ever before. Competing in today's economy requires organizations to develop knowledgeable and highly skilled employees. In support of continuous learning and professional growth, UNM Employee & Organizational Development (EOD) is pleased to announce Employee Learning Week, December 2 – 6, 2013.

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Facts About CPR

Research results of the CPR initiative appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and show that introducing CPR training at the elementary school level, and requiring training in order to receive a driver’s license, has had the following effects:

  • The number of cardiac arrest victims who received "bystander" CPR (from someone other than a health professional) more than doubled, from 22% in 2001 to 45% in 2010.
  • In the same time period, the percentage of cardiac arrest victims who arrived at a hospital alive increased from 8% to 22%.
  • The percentage of patients alive after 30 days tripled, growing from 3.5% to 11%. The percentage of patients alive after one year also more than tripled, from 3% to 10%.

You can learn to save a life by attending an upcoming AED/CPR First Aid certification training for faculty, staff, families, students, and community members. 

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Shaping the Face of Healthcare

Spotlight on a Unique UNM Department

Have you ever wondered how new doctors, nurses and other health sciences professionals get experience before seeing their first patients?  By practicing, of course!  And what about practicing with “real” patients?  That’s even better.

Tucked away in the lower level of the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, a truly unique UNM operation thrives.  The Assessment and Learning (A&L) Department, an Undergraduate Medical Education program, is shaping the face of healthcare with their crew of individuals from the community who are employed as Standardized Patients (SPs).  SPs are trained to portray realistic patient encounters for UNM Health Sciences student assessments and other learning activities.  

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Leveraging Staff Recruiting Services and Solutions

UNM Staff Recruitment Services (SRS), in partnership with UNM departments, develops strategies to brand and market UNM as an employer of choice and attract potential qualified applicants.

Read the newsletter article to learn more about the services and solutions provided by SRS.

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Holiday Schedule - Winter Break

The University will observe Winter Break from December 21, 2013 – January 2, 2014. Here is a complete list of other holidays observed throughout the year. 

For more information about holidays, visit University Business Policies and Procedures #3405 (Holidays).

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EHP December 2013 Calendar of Events

Glucose, Hemoglobin A1C, and Cholesterol Testing

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing
When:            December 5, 2013 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time:              7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where:           Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost:               Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C                              costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions:  No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.
Note: There is no blood testing in January

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
Visit the Recreational Services website for the prorated WOW and Works pass fall schedule.

 

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Video of the Month: 5-Minute Core Workout with Ball

This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your abdominals, obliques, and lower back, using a stability ball. Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 5 exercises (plus stretches) for a complete core challenge.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Jumpstart your Matchup Weight Loss with EHP Classes

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is adding two classes for Matchup participants and their co-workers – a nutrition class and a workout class. Quick, Healthy Recipes with EHP and Souper Workouts are about finding new and exciting ways to eat healthy and stay fit. If you are interested in either class, contact EHP to set up a date and time.

You do not have to be participating in the Matchup program to participate. 

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The Time is Now: Complete UNM 2013 Required Training

The time for employees to complete the 2013 UNM Required Training is quickly coming to a close.  Be sure to communicate to the organizations you support that each employee’s 2013 UNM Required Training must be complete by December 31, 2013.  The following are the three University-wide 2013 courses, however many employees may have additional training that is required. 

  • Preventing Sexual Harassment 2013
  • Basic Annual Safety Training 2013
  • Ethics: A Framework for Ethical Decision Making 2013

Employees are expected to complete the Required Training as soon as possible.  To ensure training is completed on time, it is recommended that all employees take the training courses by Friday, December 20, 2013.


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The HR Transaction Center

In the interest of streamlining staff employment services for enhanced support and efficiency, the Division of Human Resources has created the Human Resources Transaction Center. The new center consolidates the processing of HR-related transactions, such as:

  • New hire processing
  • EPAFs, EPANs
  • E-verify
  • Banner testing
  • Vital Error corrections
  • Data clean up
  • UNMJobs applicant support
  • Entering hiring proposals

This does include UNMTemps transactions, but does not include benefits-related transactions.

The Transaction Center eliminates the need for the involvement of two different departments when handling employee transactions, thereby increasing efficiency and saving time. The HR Transaction Center staff will increase their body of knowledge related to transactional data, and they will be physically closer to HR Consultants for easier access to essential information.

 

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The 2013 Performance Review Cycle

The 2013 Performance Review cycle is upon us. It is time to begin developing self-assessments and scheduling performance discussions.  The Performance Review Form is used for self-assessments, annual reviews, and probationary reviews.

The following is the 2013 Performance Review schedule:

November

Employee begins self-assessment

December 

Employee completes self-assessment

January

Supervisor reviews and provides input in the Performance Review and begins performance discussions with individual employees

February

Supervisor completes Performance Reviews and submits to HR

March

All 2013 Performance Reviews forms are due to HR March 1, 2014

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November 2013 Training Calendar

Take a look at the November 2013 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of November.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter. 

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Two Weeks Only: Open Enrollment for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA

Open Enrollment for the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) starts Wednesday, October 30, 2013 and will end on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.  Elections made during this enrollment period are for the 2014 FSA plan year, which runs from January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014.  Two FSA plans are offered to benefits-eligible staff and faculty: Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA.  

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UNM Staff Recruitment Goes Social

The Division of Human Resources has partnered with UNM Marketing and Communications to build a robust UNM Staff Careers social media plan. The primary goals are to reach and connect with large and diverse audiences to advertise open staff positions, event happenings, and tell the UNM story.

In mid-October UNM Staff Recruiting Services established a consistent presence on three of the largest social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  

Read the Newsletter article to learn more. 

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University Administrative Policy 4000

On October 18, 2013, President Frank approved revisions to University Administrative Policy 4000 ("Allowable and Unallowable Expenditures". The policy has undergone significant revision and is the result of feedback from the campus community last spring and earlier this semester.  The goal in drafting the policy revision was to meet the business needs of the campus community while ensuring good stewardship of public funds. 

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UNM AED/CPR First Aid Program

You can learn to save a life by attending the upcoming AED/CPR First-aid certification training for faculty, staff, families, students, and community members.  It’s essential for everyone to be trained in case of an emergency on campus, at home, or anywhere in our community. We offer a two-year certification through the American Safety & Health Institute. The cost is $55 per person for adult basic training, $60 for adult and child training, and $60 for C-Pro (for professionals). 

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EHP Calendar of Events: November 2013

Exercise Physiology Lab Blood Testing

When:    November 7, 2013 (first Thursday of each month)
Time:      7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where:   Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost:      Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C                               costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions:  No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the                        test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

 

Operation Gratitude – Halloween Candy Collection

When:    November 1, 2013 – November 8, 2013
Where:   Various Locations on Campus
Details:   EHP invites you to Support Our Troops! Looking to get rid of extra Halloween candy?                         Donations of unopened candy are sent to Operation Gratitude, to be placed in care                             packages for soldiers serving overseas. For more information, please refer to the November               newsletter article and the Operation Gratitude website.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes

Visit the Recreational Services website for the WOW and Works pass fall schedule.

 

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Operation Gratitude

To honor our United States service men and women, Employee Health Promotion (EHP) in collaboration with UNM Staff Council, would like to invite you to support Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends care packages, containing donated items, to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who are deployed in remote regions around the world. 

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Snack Smart for a Healthy U!

It’s 10:00 a.m. and your stomach is growling loudly, you’re afraid your coworkers can hear it. You want a snack that is tasty and satisfying, but low in fat and sugar. Impossible to find? Not anymore!

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) and UNM Vending Services are bringing the Fit Pick™ program to select vending machines on campus, starting November 1, 2013. Look for items labeled with colorful Fit Pick™ stickers to find snacks that taste good and support a healthy lifestyle. 

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Managing Diabetes During the Holidays

The holidays should be a time of joy, but it can also be a challenge if you have diabetes. With so many sweet treats, it may be a diabetes disaster waiting to happen. But diabetes is manageable no matter the time of year. By learning about the disease and planning ahead, you can enjoy the holiday season and keep your diabetes in check.

Read the Newsletter article for helpful tips to make your holidays healthy!

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2013 University Required Training

The 2013 University-Wide Required training has been loaded to all staff and faculty learning plans.  The following are the 2013 courses; however, many employees may have additional training that is required. 

  • Preventing Sexual Harassment 2013
  • Basic Annual Safety Training 2013
  • Ethics: A Framework for Ethical Decision Making 2013

Although employees have until the end of the year to complete the training, we encourage employees to complete all the required training as soon as possible.  The 2013 training will no longer be accessible after December 31, 2013, which occurs during Winter Break. To ensure that you complete your training on time, it is recommended that all employees take the training courses by Friday, December 20, 2013.

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Open Enrollment for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Open Enrollment for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is fast approaching, and employees are reminded to start planning.  The tentative dates for FSA Open Enrollment are currently planned for late October or early November.  There are two FSA plans offered to benefits-eligible staff and faculty: the Health FSA and the Dependent Care FSA.  Based on the employee’s annual election, a predetermined dollar amount is deducted on each payday, on a pretax basis.  

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Electronic Personnel Action Form (EPAF) Update

Effective September 6, 2013, the Appointment Percent EPAF for exempt and non-exempt employees will go live. To assist you and/or your designee with the new process, we have created job aids to help you navigate the creation and submission of the new EPAF. The job aids can be found on the EPAF page at: http://epaf.unm.edu/, and also on OneSource at: http://onesource.unm.edu/

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October 2013 Training Calendar

Take a look at the October 2013 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of October.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's newsletter. 

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EHP October 2013 Calendar of Events

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB BLOOD TESTING

When: October 3, 2013 (First Thursday of Each Month)

Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143

Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

Instructions:  No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Read the newsletter article to learn more, including dates, locations, and times for Flu Shots on campus. 

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Preventive Health Day - Main Campus

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is proud to host UNM’s annual Preventive Health Days. The main campus event will take place at the Student Union Building (SUB) on October 1, 2013 from 7:00 am – 10:00 am.

Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid illness and chronic health problems down the line. Preventive health care guidelines keep adults on track based on gender and age. Not sure when or what healthcare screens are suitable for you? EHP conveniently has an online printable version of the Adult Healthcare Guidelines

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Wellness Champion - Victor Tovar

There are many reasons to run a marathon - some do it for charity or a challenge. Victor Tovar is doing it for his daughter, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. In January, Victor decided he would run a marathon for her, but at 236 pounds he was not physically fit enough to compete. Now, after several months of hard work, he is down to 171 pounds and ready to run in this year’s Duke City Marathon.

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Video of the Month - October 2013

15-Minute Abs Workout

This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your abdominals, obliques, lower back, and hips without any equipment. Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 10 exercises (plus stretches) for a complete core challenge.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Dispute Resolution: Early Intervention Works Best

Ombuds Services for Staff

The UNM Ombuds Services for Staff/Dispute Resolution (OSS/DR) department is a quiet, neutral place, away from the demands of your workplace, where UNM staff gets support to solve work-related issues.  We are often asked, “When should staff engage OSS/DR services?”  Our answer is, “Come in early and often.”

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New Benefits Enrollment and Qualifying Changes

Online Health Benefits Elections

Effective September 1, 2013, faculty and staff will make elections and changes online for medical, dental, and/or vision plan coverage via the MyUNM portal.  See how this pertains to all current and newly benefits-eligible employees by reading the Newsletter article. 

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Benefit Eligibility 15-Day Waiting Period

In order to retain flexibility to accommodate UNM’s diverse hiring needs, and at the same time ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) provisions, the UNM HR Benefits Office is implementing a 15-day benefits eligibility waiting period for all newly benefits-eligible employees, effective September 1, 2013.

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Popejoy Subscription Benefit

There's still time to take advantage of your half-price Popejoy subscription benefit. Get Popejoy season tickets for 50% off. Meet with Popejoy specialists in the SUB Isleta Room on the 3rd floor, this Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The deadline to use your half-price benefit is this Saturday, August 31, 2013. To learn more, visit: www.popejoypresents.com/unm  

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September 2013 Training Calendar

Take a look at the September 2013 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of September.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's Newsletter. 

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University-Wide Training 2013

The 2013 University-wide Required Training has been loaded to all staff and faculty learning plans. The following are the 2013 courses. Many employees may have additional training that is required:

• Preventing Sexual Harassment 2013

• Basic Annual Safety Training 2013

• Ethics: A Framework for Ethical Decision Making 2013

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Employee Life Cycle Management

New Management/Leadership Course

What is the Employee Life Cycle? It consists of the identified stages in an employee’s career where managers/leaders can influence and guide employees professional growth during their life cycle at the University. The Employee Life Cycle Management course offers current and newly hired or promoted leaders the opportunity to increase skills, achieve results, and enhance employee growth.

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Changes to University Administrative Policies 3430 and 3600

On August 12, 2013, President Frank approved a minor, but significant, change to UAP 3430 ("Catastrophic Leave Program")

With the University of New Mexico’s implementation of a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) finalized July 1, 2013, we want to remind you of a few important changes to University Administrative Policy 3600.  

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The Matchup Challenge 2013

Are you like 70% of Americans who want to lose weight, but just can’t stay motivated? Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is encouraging UNM and UNMH employees to participate in The Matchup competition. Participants have the opportunity to join a team of five and compete in a fun weight-loss competition for a chance to win $10,000.

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Healthy U

On November 18, 2012, the Alumni Association unveiled and dedicated the 3,000-pound, cast-bronze U that sits in front of Hodgin Hall. This U represents UNM campuses as well as the people who thrive, grow and prosper on our campuses. Essentially, “The U is you,” as it was well said by past Alumni Association President Duffy Swan.

Employee Health Promotion is building off this historical notion as we work towards creating a culture of wellness at UNM. We have created a brand for wellness initiatives that impact our campus communities.

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Preventive Health Days 2013

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is pleased to announce screenings and activities for our annual Preventive Health Days. UNM encourages every employee at each campus to participate in these events and discover new ways to be healthy. Screenings include mammograms, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and more.

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Video of the Month - September 2013

The Best Desk Stretches

In this short video, Coach Nicole gives tips on how to improve your posture in just five simple stretches.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Recruitment Corner - Job Fairs

The month of September is a busy month for job fairs; these local events continue to be an excellent way to identify talented and qualified applicants for your open staff postings. Attendance and participation at these events solidifies UNM’s commitment to the community and provides a great opportunity for departments to broaden their network of candidates and resources.

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UNMTemps Staffing Solutions

Need an extra set of hands to handle a big project or a new surge in grant funding, or to fill an unexpected vacancy? UNM Temporary Services (UNMTemps) can provide temporary employees to help with a wide variety of business tasks. Working closely with the UNMTemps team, a hiring manager can ensure that temporary workers possess the needed skills, education, and experience to meet the needs of the department in a timely manner.

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2013 Administrative Support Alliance Conference

October 10, 2013

Attention to all UNM-affiliated Administrative Support Employees! Registration is now open for the second ASA-UNM Administrative Support Conference: Self-Empowerment for Administrative Professionals in a Climate of Change. The conference is being held on Thursday, October 10, 2013, in the Student Union Building (SUB).

The Conference is a joint collaboration between the Administrative Support Alliance (ASA-UNM) and Human Resources’ Employee and Organizational Development (HR EOD). All administrative support employees from UNM-affiliated campuses, branches, and health care facilities are invited to attend.

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Medical ID Cards FY 2013-2014

Banner ID used for Dental and Vision Plans

ID Cards - Medical Plans

Everyone who newly enrolled in the UNM Medical Plan during the recent Open Enrollment should have received new medical ID cards from their chosen Third Party Administrator (TPA), Lovelace or Presbyterian.  If you are newly enrolled or added a dependent, and have not received a new medical ID card, please contact your TPA to request one.  

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Insurance Benefit Deductions FY 2013-2014

Effective July 2013

If you made plan enrollment changes during this year’s Open Enrollment, please verify the accuracy of your benefit deductions on your July pay stub. New deduction rates for Presbyterian medical plan benefits for the 2013-2014 Plan Year became effective July 1, 2013. We also recommend you verify your Benefit Statement on LoboWeb to ensure accuracy of your dependent and demographic information. 

For more information about 2013-2014 Plan Year rates, visit: http://hr.unm.edu/benefits/medical.php and http://hr.unm.edu/benefits/dental.php

Contact the Division of Human resources at (505) 277-MyHR(6947) with questions.

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Dependent Education Rate Changes

Supporting Student Success

In promotion of student success, the Board of Regents approved an adjustment to UNM tuition rates beginning with the Fall 2013 semester. In particular, the adjustment supports Dependent Education Success (DES). The intent of this new student success tuition adjustment is to incentivize graduation within four years. This adjustment includes increasing UNM’s full-time student status from 12-18 credit hours to 15-18 credit hours, and reducing the tuition rates for 15-18 credit hours. 

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August 2013 Training Calendar

Employee Organizational Development

Take a look at the August 2013 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of August.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

See the calendar in this month's Newsletter. 

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Get and APPetite for Better Fitness

Though getting in shape and eating healthier is near the top of many of our to-do lists, we often find them hard to achieve. The good news is we have thousands of health and fitness resources at the tips of our fingers. Smartphone and tablet marketplaces feature a wide variety of fitness and nutrition apps. Here are highlights of some of the most popular fitness and nutrition apps available and how they can help you to reach your health and fitness goals.

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Video of the Month - August 2013

9-Minute Seated Arm and Shoulder Workout

In this workout, Coach Nicole will lead you through a series of seated exercises that will help you tone your entire upper body and improve your flexibility.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Luis Rocha

Wellness Champion - August 2013

Employees at the University of New Mexico’s Main and North campuses have many resources to help improve their health. Registered Dietitians, counseling, and gyms are just a short walk away.

What about the employees who aren’t centrally located near these resources? Luis Rocha and his
co-workers at UNM West faced this very problem. UNM West is one building, with few options of nearby places to eat or exercise. Being far from most campus resources, focusing on wellness would be difficult for anyone, but the close-knit group at UNM West found ways to be creative.

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EHP August 2013 Calendar of Events

Glucose, Hemoglobin A1C, and Cholesterol Testing

When: August 1, 2013 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
Visit the Recreational Services website for the upcoming fall schedule starting in August.

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July 1 Reminder

Important Changes Taking Effect

Remember that many key changes will take place as of July 1, 2013, including:

VEBA Contributions
Contributions to the Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Trust will begin July 1, 2013. Visit the VEBA information page for further details.

Health Plan Changes
You will see several changes to various UNM benefit plans for fiscal year 2013-2014, including Medical Plan changes and Prescription Drug Plan changes. For additional information about any of the Health Plan changes, visit the Human Resources website at hr.unm.edu and choose Benefits.

ERB Reform
Senate Bill 115 is a sweeping reform measure designed to improve the solvency outlook of the state’s educational retirement plan, taking a balanced approach to long-term sustainability. Changes will be effective July 1, 2013. Key provisions include an increase in employee contributions. Additional information can be found in the complete memorandum.

Mass Salary Update
A Mass Salary Update (MSU) allocation of 1% for regular, non-bargaining unit staff employees will be effective on July 1, 2013. This applies to monthly and bi-weekly employees.  For more information, please visit the Mass Salary Update (MSU) page.

Benefit Plan Eligibility Waiting Period
UNM’s plan year begins July 1, 2013
. In order to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) SBC provisions, the UNM HR Benefits Office is implementing a 15-day benefit eligibility waiting period, effective September 1, 2013.

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Payroll Changes

Understanding the changes to your paycheck is important for everyone. Below are two grids, one for exempt employees (those paid monthly) and another for non-exempt employees (those paid bi-weekly). The grids describe what changes to expect during the initial pay periods of FY2014. For more detailed information on these changes, read the July 1, 2013 article.

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Fourth of July 2013

Holiday Schedule

The University will observe Independence Day on Thursday, July 4. Here is a complete list of other holidays observed throughout the year. For more information about holidays, visit University Business Policies and Procedures #3405 (Holidays).

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July 2013 Training Calendar

Take a look at the July 2013 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of July.

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

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Your Fitness and Nutrition Questions Answered

Ask the Health Educator

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is launching a new service called Ask the Health Educator. It will focus on fitness and nutrition topics relevant to you, the faculty and staff at UNM. Visit our website and submit your questions, or browse the list of previously answered questions. 

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EHP Calendar of Events - July 2013

Rec Services Fitness Classes, No July Blood Testing

Blood Testing
In light of Independence Day, there will be no blood testing on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The regular schedule will resume in August.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
Visit the Recreational Services website for the summer schedule.

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July 2013 Video of the Month

Six-Minute Upper Body Workout with Ball

Want more ways to work out with your stability ball? Look no further! This workout will show you how you can use nothing but a ball to tone your shoulders, arms and chest.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks

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News U Can Use - July 2013

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar. Glucose is an important source of energy for your muscles and other tissues. It's also your brain's main source of fuel.

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Sandra Velasquez - Wellness Champion

From improving mood to controlling weight, exercise has countless benefits.  For Sandra Velasquez, exercise helps her combat fibromyalgia symptoms. About four years ago Sandra was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder that results in chronic pain throughout the body. With physical therapy, Sandra reduced her pain and improved her range of motion. Now Sandra regularly attends fitness classes using her WOW Fitness Pass.

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Reducing Back Pain

Many of us spend a large portion of our day seated while completing numerous repetitive tasks. Did you know that this behavior could lead to back pain and injury? Luckily, these injuries are mostly preventable. Learn how you can make some small changes to avoid pain and keep your body healthy.

Read the Newsletter article for simple tips to avoid pain and injury.

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CWA Update June 2013

Increase and Implementation of US-UNM Increase

New information is available regarding the CWA increase and implementation of the US-UNM increase. Visit the Mass Salary Update (MSU) page to learn more: http://hr.unm.edu/compensation/mass-salary-update.php

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July 1, 2013

Changes are Just Around the Corner

This article addresses many key changes that will take place as of July 1, 2013, including:

VEBA Contributions

Health Plan Changes

ERB Reform

Mass Salary Update

Benefit Eligibility Waiting Period


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Training Calendar June 2013

Take a look at the June 2013 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of June. 

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

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Peter Levy

Wellness Champion

Lifestyle changes sound simple, especially when your health is on the line. However, saying you will make healthy lifestyle changes and actually doing them are two entirely different things. Peter Levy has tried popular weight loss programs in the past, but has always gained the weight right back. Employee Health Promotion’s Lifesteps® weight loss program has taught him the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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EHP Calendar of Events - June 2013

Glucose, Hemoglobin A1C, and Cholesterol Testing
When:  June 6, 2013 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time:   7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost:    Cholesterol testing costs $20 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $12, and HbA1C costs $22 (cash or check only).

No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

Recreational Services Fitness Classes:
Visit the Recreational Services website for the upcoming summer schedule starting in June.

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Leave the Fried Chicken at Home

Enjoy Summer Fun and Stay Healthy

Summer is a time for gathering with family and friends at events often centered around food.  Everyone wants to enjoy the season, but summer fun doesn’t need to derail healthy habits.  

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Streamlining the UNM Staff Hiring Process

A great amount of effort has gone into streamlining our staff hiring process, and into making our systems more responsive to all our customers ‘just in time’ needs, including our department hiring managers and our applicants. Based on initial analysis and feedback received from departments regarding the length of time to hire, the Division of Human Resources Client Services implemented customer service guarantees for our UNM departments.

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Open Enrollment Ends May 17, 2013

Open Enrollment for medical, dental, vision, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), life, and long-term disability plans for the 2013/2014 plan year will continue through Friday, May 17, 2013.  You must make all changes to your medical, dental, and vision plans during this time period using LoboWeb, which can be accessed via https://my.unm.edu.  You must make all changes to your life, AD&D, and long-term disability plans during this time period using the Standard enrollment website, which can be accessed via http://standard.com/enroll/#.  For more important Open Enrollment information, visit: http://hr.unm.edu/benefits/open-enrollment.php      

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VEBA Information Session Video




The faculty, staff, and retiree members of the Retiree Health Care Task Force were charged with the task of preparing recommendations to reduce UNM’s unfunded liability for post-retirement benefits.  

After careful consideration, the Task Force recommended, and the Regents approved, that UNM establish a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) Trust, with contributions beginning July 1, 2013. The VEBA will be funded by equal contributions made by UNM and benefits-eligible UNM employees who choose not to opt-out of post-retirement benefits.

Watch the VEBA Information Session Video for more information. 

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Benefits Open Enrollment for 2013

Open Enrollment Starts Wednesday, April 24

Open Enrollment for UNM’s medical, dental, vision, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), life insurance, and long term disability plans is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 through Tuesday, May 17, 2013.  Open Enrollment is your opportunity to enroll in, cancel, or make changes to your insurance plans without experiencing a Qualifying Change of Status event. 

To learn about how to make changes, rates for fiscal year 2013-2014 (effective July 1, 2013), and additional details, visit the HR Open Enrollment page.

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May 2013 Training Calendar

Take a look at the May 2013 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of May. 

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

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UNM’s 2013 Youth Summer Hire Program

Make a Difference in the UNM Community This Summer

It’s that time of year, and the 2013 Youth Summer Hire Program has officially been launched. The Division of Human Resources will once again administer the 2013 UNM Youth Summer Hire Program, which offers several opportunities for UNM departments to employ high school and non-UNM students for the summer season, through June, July and August. The program also provides UNM with student recruitment opportunities by highlighting UNM as an employer and higher education institution of choice to participating students.

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EHP Calendar of Events - May 2013

Glucose, Hemoglobin A1C, and Cholesterol Testing

When:             May 2, 2013 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time:               7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where:            Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Current Cost:   Cholesterol (full lipid panel) testing costs $17, glucose testing costs $10, and HbA1C costs $20 (cash or check only). Come in and take advantage of these prices this month.

Instructions:     No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.

*Note: Prices are increasing in June*
Cholesterol (full lipid panel) testing will cost $20, and HbA1C will cost $22. (Glucose testing will remain the same.)

Recreational Services Fitness Classes
Due to lack of interest, and enough interim passes sold, there will be no interim classes for this session. Passes for the summer semester will go on sale soon. Call Recreational Services at 277-0178 for more information. Visit the Recreational Services website for the summer class schedule, which will go up towards the end of May.

 

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Gale Case - Wellness Champion

UNM offers many ways to practice a healthy lifestyle: campus-wide, with your department, or individually. Gail Case has these three bases covered.  She has been involved with Employee Health Promotion’s (EHP) lifestyle campaigns, her department has been working with EHP to “Advance the future of healthcare as a wellness oriented, preventive care model”, and Gail currently holds a WOW fitness pass with Recreational Services.

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Video of the Month: 10-Minute Pilates Thigh Workout

Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 6 Pilates exercises (plus stretches). If you're new to Pilates, we recommend that you watch our short Intro to Pilates video first.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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On the Hunt for Wellness

Celebrate Employee Health and Fitness Month this May

Let’s face it, we spend a lot of our waking hours at work. We usually try to fit healthy activities into the few remaining hours, making even the best efforts a challenge. Now just imagine what you could do if wellness were integrated into your workday. Employee Health Promotion wants to help you do exactly that this May, with On the Hunt for Wellness, our celebration of Employee Health and Fitness Month.

Employee health and wellness is an integral part of UNM culture. There are numerous services on campus to keep your body, mind, and soul as healthy as possible. On the Hunt for Wellness is about re-familiarizing employees with those services. Join your co-workers and sample several wellness offerings throughout the month.

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2013-2014 One-Time Pay Supplement

August 30, 2013

A One-Time Pay Supplement of $1,000 has been approved for FY2014. The pay supplement will be distributed to eligible staff on August 30, 2013. For more information, review the frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, call 277-HRPR (4777) for guidance and referrals to the appropriate resource.

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2013-2014 Open Enrollment

April 24 - May 17

Open Enrollment for UNM's medical, dental, vision, life, disability, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance plans is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 through Tuesday, May 17, 2013. Benefit changes made during Open Enrollment are effective July 1, 2013. You will not be able to make changes to your plans after Open Enrollment unless you experience a Qualifying Change of Family Status Event. It is very important to prepare yourself for Open Enrollment so you can make educated decisions about the options available to you.

To learn about how to make changes, rates for fiscal year 2013-2014 (effective July 1, 2013), and additional details, visit the HR Open Enrollment page.

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Regents Approve Mass Salary Update

On April 9, 2013, the Board of Regents approved a Mass Salary Update (MSU) allocation of 1% for regular, non-bargaining unit staff employees.  The effective date of the MSU increase will be July 1, 2013 for both monthly and bi-weekly employees.  For more information, please visit the Mass Salary Update (MSU) page.

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2013-2014 Catastrophic Leave Program

Information for Fiscal Year 2014

What is the Catastrophic Leave Program?
The Catastrophic Leave Program provides financial assistance to eligible employees when they or their immediate family member experiences an approved catastrophic illness/injury.  A catastrophic illness or injury is an acute or prolonged illness or injury that is considered life-threatening, or with the threat of serious residual disability, which results in the employee’s inability to work.  Each request to receive benefits is evaluated under the program guidelines and includes a medical review and determination. 

Read the full article for more information. 

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Educational Retirement Bill Signed by Governor Martinez

Senate Bill 115 Brings Sweeping Reform

Governor Martinez signed Senate Bill 115 on Friday, March 29, 2013. The bill is a sweeping reform measure designed to improve the solvency outlook of the state’s educational retirement plan, taking a balanced approach to long-term sustainability.  The changes should result in 100.7% funding in 2043. Educational Retirement Board (ERB) Stakeholders, who had been meeting with the ERB since last summer to draft a solvency proposal, supported the bill provisions. Changes will be effective July 1, 2013. 

Additional details, including key provisions of the bill, can be found in the complete memorandum.

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Tuition Remission - Opportunity at Your Fingertips

The University of New Mexico recognizes the importance of an educated and competent workforce. To encourage the continued growth and enrichment of employees, UNM offers a variety of Tuition Remission benefits.

Tuition Remission can be used for classes at The University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, UNM Continuing Education and/or University departments for professional development.

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Recruitment Corner April 2013

Get the Latest on UNM Staff Recruitment Resources and Events

UNM Staff Recruitment Services develops strategies that brand and market the University of New Mexico as an employer of choice to potential, qualified applicants and employees. Recruitment Services partners with UNM departments and researches, develops, and coordinates Staff position recruitment plans, advertising, job fairs, and other trending recruitment resources. Take a look at what’s happening, and spread the word.

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Video of the Month - Fitness

12-Minute Seated Core Workout

In this workout, Coach Nicole will lead you through a series of seated exercises that will help you tone your entire core, improve your posture, and increase your spinal mobility and flexibility. 

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Diane Solomon and Leah Saavedra

April Wellness Champions

Is your department trying to improve employee health on a limited budget? The UNM Medical Group (UNMMG) is an example of how creativity and a commitment to health can boost department wellness for minimal cost. By taking advantage of consulting services from Employee Health Promotion (EHP) and other resources already available on campus, UNMMG is working towards a wellness culture at their workplace.

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Laugh Your Way To Wellness

Josh Billings, a researcher from the late 1800s, said it best, “There ain’t much fun in medicine, but there’s a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.”

Over the years, researchers have categorized five types of humor that promote health: puns, exaggeration, surprise, silliness, and sarcasm. No matter which style you use, humor can provide a wealth of health benefits. Laughter has been shown to alleviate stress, reduce depression, enhance mood, and even improve immune function. 

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News U Can Use - April 2013

Back Pain: Strategies for Prevention and Management

At home or at work, heavy lifting, repetitive movements, and sitting at a desk can all take a toll on your body and potentially lead to back pain.  Injury can start in a variety of ways, including exerting too much force, repetitive movement that leads to fatigue, slouching, or tight muscles caused by stress. For more information about the causes of back pain and solutions for relief, visit the Mayo Clinic and Health Safety Executive

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Catastrophic Leave vs. Short-Term Disability

What is the Difference?

The Catastrophic Leave Program (CAT Leave) covers staff employees when they or an immediate family member has a catastrophic illness or injury. A catastrophic illness or injury is an acute or prolonged illness or injury that is life threatening, or with the threat of serious residual disability, which results in the employee’s inability to work.  Each request to receive CAT Leave benefits is evaluated under the program guidelines, including a medical review and administrative determination of eligibility. 

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Express Scripts New Member Platform

Member Website Enhancement Effective April 1, 2013

Beginning April 1, 2013, Express Scripts is upgrading their member website to a new platform. Express Scripts members who log into www.express-scripts.com will be introduced to an improved website associated with the upgraded platform. This improved website will feature some new self-service capabilities, including tools that are designed to help members better understand their benefit, shop for lower-cost medications, determine the lowest-cost channel to obtain medications, and more.  The improved website is very intuitive and easy for plan members to navigate.

For more details and FAQs on this new member feature offered by Express Scripts, review the Express Scripts Member Communication and the Express Scripts FAQs.

For questions, please contact the customer service number on your Express Scripts member ID card, or call (800) 232-6549. 

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April 2013 Training Calendar

Take a look at the April 2013 Training Calendar to explore what Employee Organizational Development (EOD) has to offer during the month of April. 

For more information, contact EOD via email: eod@unm.edu or by phone: 505.277.1555  

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Performance Review Checklist

2012 Reviews Due by March 1, 2013

The 2012 Performance Review cycle is winding down. Please review the short checklist below:

  • Self-assessments should be complete.
  • Manager/employee Performance Review meetings should be completed by the end of February. 
  • All completed 2012 Performance Review Forms are due to The Human Resources Office on or before March 1, 2013.

Have questions?  Contact your HR Client Services Consultant or Employee and Organizational Development, 277-1555.

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Video of the Month: How to Stretch at Work

Sitting in the same desk chair for hours (and letting stress pile up) is a recipe for sore muscles. Take a few moments each workday to relieve your body’s tension with this video’s fast desk-side stretches.

If you are interested in more ideas customized for your work group, contact EHP. We offer a variety of stretching and strength-building classes, including Stretch Away Stress and Ergonomic Stretch Breaks. We also sell resistance bands for only $10.

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Norma Allen – Wellness Champion

Many weight loss diets give you the tools to lose weight in the short term, but the bigger challenge is keeping that weight off for good. For Norma Allen, yo-yo dieting is a thing of the past. In 2011, Norma dropped about 57 pounds. Nearly two years later, she has maintained her weight and is even six pounds lighter. She has also reached her goal of becoming a certified Personal Trainer through American College for Sport Medicine (ACSM).  

Read the Newsletter Article to learn more about Norma and her journey. 

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News U Can Use - March 2013

Diabetes? Controlling Blood Pressure and Cholesterol is Key

Diabetes doesn’t just affect blood sugar, it also increases the likelihood of heart disease. A recent study of patients with diabetes showed the importance of controlling blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol to reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease. People who controlled these risk factors were about three times less likely to be hospitalized for heart attack or stroke than those who only controlled blood sugar. Learn more about the study at WebMD.

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Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s focus is making healthy lifestyle changes while maintaining your food identity. A food identity consists of food preference, lifestyle factors, cultural and ethnic traditions, and health concerns that impact food choices.  It is important to maintain this identity alongside personal healthy eating styles. 

Read the Newsletter Article to learn more. 

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EHP Calendar of Events - March 2013

Blood Testing and Rec Services

Glucose, Hemoglobin A1C, and Cholesterol Testing

When: March 7, 2013 (First Thursday of Each Month)
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Where: Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Center, B-143
Cost: Cholesterol testing costs $17 (full lipid panel), glucose testing is $10, and HbA1C costs $20 (cash or check only).

Instructions: No appointment necessary. Eat nothing and drink only water for 12 hours before the test. If only getting HbA1C, no fast is necessary. Call 277-2658 for more information.


Recreational Services Fitness Classes

Visit the Recreational Services website for the spring schedule.

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CPR First-aid Program

Offered by COEHP

COEHP offers an AED/CPR Basic First-aid Certification Course on the first Friday of every month, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in Johnson Center, room B102.

If you have six people or more interested in taking the AED/CPR first-aid training, we will hold a class for your department. If you have the space, we will have the class at your location. You choose the date and time.

Pricing for first-aid training is as follows:

Standard Class - $55 per person

Standard Class + C-Pro and Infant - $65

UNM Students - $40 (must have minimum of 20 students signed up to get this price)

To schedule a class or if you have any questions, contact: aed@salud.unm.edu, rcsilva@salud.unm.edu, or call 272-8364.

 

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Benefits Open Enrollment 2013

Prepare for Open Enrollment

Now is the time to start thinking about Open Enrollment for UNM’s medical, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance plans. Open Enrollment is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 through Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  

Benefit changes made during Open Enrollment are effective July 1, 2013.  You will not be able to make changes to your plans after Open Enrollment unless you experience a Qualifying Change of Family Status Event.  It is very important to prepare yourself for Open Enrollment so you can make educated decisions about the options available to you.  The Medical RFP process is complete, and contracts have been awarded to Lovelace, Presbyterian, and Express Scripts for the new plan year beginning July 1, 2013, subject to completion of contract negotiations.

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UNMTemps Launches UNM Administrative Assistant Pool

“Just in Time” Staffing Solutions through UNMTemps

When it comes to recruiting and retaining talented and qualified Administrative Assistants, there are two sides of the story. Hiring Officials may say, "Good help is hard to find," while applicants may think, "I can't find a decent job out there." No matter which side of the coin you are on, finding qualified administrative support staff can be a challenging process.

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Welcome to UNM at Work

A User Guide for the HR Newsletter

The monthly HR Newsletter, UNM at Work, is designed as a helpful, interactive resource. UNM at Work is a one-stop shop providing the HR news you need each month in one convenient location.

This article links to a video that will walk you through the basics of navigating UNM at Work, which is presented in an online brochure format. Read on to learn more, and to view the March 2013 issue of UNM at Work. 

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HR Newsletter: UNM at Work Launches Next Week

First Issue will be Sent February 27, 2013

HR’s new monthly newsletter, UNM at Work, will launch next week on Wednesday, February 27. This will be the March 2013 issue of the newsletter, and it will feature HR news and updates for the month of March.

The new format will present information in one convenient compilation with a table of contents.  This evolution of the HR Communication Approach addresses the feedback received regarding the number of emails sent from the Division of Human Resources. Read the full article for more information.

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ABQ Health Partners – Now Administered by Meritain

Attention Lovelace Medical Plan Participants

This notice is intended for employees enrolled in the UNM Medical Plan administered by Lovelace, as either an active employee or as an under 65 retiree. 

As previously announced by President Frank in November of 2012, the UNM Medical Group negotiated an agreement with Albuquerque Health Partners (ABQ HP). This agreement provided the coverage option for UNM Lovelace participants to continue to see ABQ HP providers for services covered by our UNM Medical Plan at the LoboCare Tier Level I.   To process the claims for these services utilized by UNM Lovelace participants, dating back to November 8, 2012, the UNM Medial Group contracted with Meritain Health.  

Read the full article for more information. 

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New Year’s Resolution Check-in

Meet Employee Health Promotion’s Consultants

As we head further into the new year, how are you doing with your resolution for a healthier you? February is typically the time when gyms get less crowded, as many people give up on their wellness resolutions by Valentine’s Day. If your workgroup could use some motivation and support, contact UNM’s Employee Health Promotion (EHP). We have Health Education Consultants who are looking forward to helping your department create a culture of wellness.

Contact us for support in February, and receive a 2013 Wellness Calendar. Email EHP or call (505) 272-4460. Read the full article to learn about our three consultants.

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Retirement Representatives on Campus

TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, VALIC, MetLife, and ING

Representatives from TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, VALIC, MetLife, and ING will be available to meet with staff and faculty who would like more information about 403(b), 457(b), and/or ARP plans offered through UNM.  Remember, an employee does not need to be benefits-eligible to participate in a supplemental retirement plan.   For more information on services offered and how to schedule an appointment, read the full article.

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Accessing LoboWeb for Up-to-Date Info

View Pay Information, W-2 Form, Benefit Statements, and Leave Balances

LoboWeb is a great tool that is accessible 24/7, where you can view your Pay Stubs, W-2 form, Benefit Statements, and Leave Balances. By reviewing the information available on LoboWeb, you can ensure your Pay Stubs and Benefit Statements are accurate. Read the full article for more information.

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LIFESTEPS® 2013

Orientations February 13 and 19

Did you know that one in three American women and one in five American men are trying to lose weight? Most “dieters” spend a lot of time focusing on what they can’t eat or shouldn’t do, but Employee Health Promotion’s LIFESTEPS® weight management program helps you emphasize the things you are doing right.

Learn more by reading the full article.

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Professional Development Series 2013

Sign Up Today

The Professional Development Series certification is a “build your own” professional certificate. You choose the courses from the curricula, and you choose the time that you are able to take those courses.

You can continue to develop and learn new skills while networking with other staff across campus. Courses are scheduled during the day, allowing you to make them a part of your workweek. Professional Development Series courses are free – no tuition remission is required.

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The New Monthly HR Newsletter – UNM at Work

First Issue February 27, 2013

Mark your calendar for HR’s new monthly newsletter, UNM at Work. The newsletter will not only combine all HR listserv messages (weekly updates and monthly messages such as Benefits, Training, and Wellness), but will also introduce segments dedicated to Staff Employment news and Process updates.

Read the full article for more information.

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Nutrition Diet Trends to Watch in 2013

Ringing in the New Year often means resolutions to start fresh, healthy, and try the latest nutrition craze. As you scan magazine pages looking to shed holiday pounds, look for lifestyle changes that are sustainable rather than just a quick fix.

Find out about the good and bad nutrition trends of 2013 by reading the full article.

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Congratulations 2012 Passport to Leadership Participants

Upcoming Information Sessions for Passport to Leadership 2013

Congratulations to the ten UNM managers and leaders who completed the 2012 Passport to Leadership certificate program.  An additional fourteen participants declared commitment to the program and are in the process of completing their Passport Certification.  Eighty-seven UNM leaders have completed the Passport to Leadership program since its inception in 2009. 

Read the full article to learn more about the Passport to Leadership program and upcoming information sessions for Passport to Leadership 2013. 

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Announcing the Monthly HR Newsletter

UNM at Work

The Division of Human Resources announces the launch of a new monthly newsletter, UNM at Work.  The newsletter will combine HR’s weekly updates and monthly messages such as Benefits, Training, and Wellness.  The new format will present information in one convenient compilation with a table of contents.  This evolution of the HR Communication Approach addresses the feedback received regarding the number of emails sent from the Division of Human Resources.  To learn more, read the full article. 

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Top Fitness Gadget Trends for 2013

Each January, toned salespeople on TV infomercials rave about brand new exercise products that promise to finally get us in shape. This year is no different with plenty of Shake Weights® and Ab Toners to go around. While many of these items can be effective when used properly, the key is finding something you will use regularly instead of becoming just another place to hang your dirty laundry.

Learn more about the latest trends in fitness gadgets by reading the full article.

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EHP Lifesteps® Weight Management Program

Are you looking for a weight management solution? Lifesteps® is a comprehensive program based on researched nutrition, fitness, and behavioral modification principles. With these components, the likelihood of successful weight loss increases.

Lifesteps® focuses on changing behaviors in an effort to promote weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Since Lifesteps® isn’t a "one size fits all" program, there is no "diet" to follow. Participants develop their own personal action plan so the program works with their lifestyle.

Learn more about Lifesteps and orientation dates by reading the full article.

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Wellness Champion – Araceli Gotes

Have you ever wanted to improve your health and wellness while also empowering others in your department to do the same? Araceli Gotes, Wellness Advocate for Contracts and Grants, did just that. Already an enthusiastic runner, Araceli helped spearhead a wellness program to motivate her co-workers towards healthy changes. 

Read the full article for more on how Araceli helped motivate her fellow coworkers.  

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013

Holiday Schedule

The University will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21. 

For a list of other observed holidays, please visit http://hr.unm.edu/abouthr/holidays.php.  For more information about holidays, please visit University Business Policies and Procedures #3405 (Holidays) at http://policy.unm.edu/university-policies/3000/3405.html

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Professional Development Series Certificate

Courses Start January 2013

The UNM Professional Development Series Certificate is a self-paced, personalized development program designed for UNM staff. The program offers two tracks: 

  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Personal Effectiveness

Organizational Effectiveness courses will give you what you need to be industrious – working smarter and getting more done with less effort and stress. 

Personal Effectiveness courses are designed to empower participants with the insights and proven tools to improve their working relationships.

For more information visit: http://hr.unm.edu/eod/professional-development-series.php or view the Professional Development Series brochure at: http://hr.unm.edu/training/eod-pds-catalog/

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Fiscal Cliff Impact Update

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has released information about the Fiscal Cliff and the American Taxpayer Relief Act (H.R. 8).  Read their article to understand the impact to your benefits and paycheck at:
http://www.cupahr.org/news/item.aspx?id=9627 

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Health Plan Year in Review

2012 was an eventful year for employee health care at UNM, and the University maintains its commitment to affordable health care for its employees in these difficult times. 

During this past year, UNM’s health plan and employees were buffeted by turmoil in the marketplace. In January, failed negotiations between Walgreens and Express Scripts resulted in Walgreens being removed from our network of pharmacy providers. By September, to the relief of many employees, these giant corporations had come to an agreement, which brought Walgreens back into our network. In November, our campus community was distressed when Lovelace dissolved its relationship with ABQ Health Partners. Working intensely and in close cooperation, leadership on Main Campus and at the Health Science Center succeeded in making arrangements to keep ABQ Health Partners providers available to UNM employees through the LoboCare Network.

For more Health Plan Year in Review, read the full article.

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Wellness Champion Reed Vawter

Congratulations and Welcome

Any career change can be difficult, but switching from software development to nutrition is truly a challenge. Reed Vawter, registered dietitian, did just that. Years of long workdays, unhealthy eating, and suffering from repetitive strain injury led him on a search for wellness.

Read the full article to find out how Reed overcame his obstacles. 

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Stay Healthy Without Skipping Thanksgiving

Are you tired of being told to cut back on your favorite foods at Thanksgiving? Not interested in skipping mashed potatoes and eating rice cakes instead? Here’s the simple truth: one meal out of an entire year is not going to make or break your health goals. The key is making sure that the indulgences of Thanksgiving last for one day rather than for all of November and December.

Read the full article for some tips to help avoid overeating during Thanksgiving.

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UNM Medical Group Signs Agreement with ABQ Health Partners

Message from President Frank

Read the full article to see a message from President Frank regarding an agreement signed between UNM Medical Group and ABQ Health Partners.  UNM Medical Plan participants whose coverage is administered by Lovelace will be able to continue to use their ABQ Health Partners provider as in-network under this new agreement.  

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2013 Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Open Enrollment

UNM’s calendar year 2013 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Open Enrollment is next week. This is your opportunity to enroll in an FSA for the 2013 calendar year.  Enrollment will be conducted online via your Loboweb employee account, and is available beginning at 8:00 am on October 29 until midnight, November 9. 

For more information, visit http://hr.unm.edu/benefits/open-enrollment.php

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Tricks or Treats?

As adults we may no longer trick-or-treat, but for many of us Halloween is still a time of year when sweet temptations are everywhere. While we may think the treats come in guilt-free, “I'll-just have-one,” miniature sizes, unfortunately the calories still add up. Read the full article for a few tips to limit your candy intake: 

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Wellness Champion Ingrid Jorud

Congratulations and Welcome

A combination of quality nutrition and physical exercise contributes to maintaining and even improving your quality of life. EHP’s new Registered Dietitian and Health Education Consultant, Ingrid Jorud, is very familiar with the nutrition aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, physical activity has been a challenge for her because she thinks of herself having limited hand-eye coordination. 

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Exercising With Type 2 Diabetes

With type 2 diabetes, regular physical activity is essential for controlling your blood glucose and managing your weight. Exercise also improves how well your body responds to insulin, which may reduce your need for medication because your muscle and fat will do a better job of taking glucose out of the blood. Exercise may help to protect you from heart disease, which often accompanies type 2 diabetes, by reducing body fat, blood pressure, and improving your cholesterol levels.

Read the full article to learn how to get started reducing your blood glucose.

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Lovelace Health Plan Network Update

Effective November 8, 2012

Attention Lovelace Participants:

Lovelace announced that ABQ Health Partners will no longer be participating in the Lovelace Health Plan network effective November 8.  Here is a letter provided by Lovelace.  To assist members, Lovelace has scheduled town hall meetings.  View dates, times, and locations on their flyer.  In addition, Lovelace has agreed to be provide one-on-one consultations on campus for UNM Medical Plan members.  Read the full article to learn more. 

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Flexible Spending Accounts - FSA

Open Enrollment and Change to Annual Limit

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars for qualified health or dependent care expenses.  Health FSA reimburse medical, dental, vision, prescription, and hearing care qualified expenses that are not covered for you and your eligible dependents by any insurance plan.  Dependent Care FSA reimburse for qualified dependent care expenses for care that allows FSA participants to work.  Examples of these expenses include daycare or senior care for eligible dependents.

UNM offers benefits-eligible staff and faculty the opportunity to enroll in new Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) regardless of enrollment in a UNM Medical Plan.

Open Enrollment for the 2013 FSA plan year will run from Monday, October 29 – Friday, November 9. Read the full article for more information.

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Dependent Education Scholarship Deadline 2013

Spring Semester

The deadline to apply for the Dependent Education Scholarship for the Spring 2013 semester is Friday, November 30, 2012.  If you currently have a dependent in the program, you do not need to re-apply unless there has been a break in semesters where your dependent did not receive the scholarship. Read the full article for more information.

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Conflict Resolution Events at UNM

Participate in International Conflict Resolution Day

Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services - providing a process for work-related issues and problems to be heard, addressed, and resolved using alternative dispute resolutions methods - is celebrating International Conflict Resolution Day, sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution, on October 18, 2012.

A primary goal of Conflict Resolution Day is to have celebrations across the country and around the world on the same day.  In support, the Office of Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for Faculty and Staff invites you to an Open House on October 18 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, at 1800 Las Lomas Rd. NE.  For more information about events supporting conflict resolutions, read the full article.

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September Wellness Champions

Congratulations Ana Ambriz Quijano and Tricia Heaton

Ana Ambriz Quijano and Tricia Heaton have similar backgrounds. Both have been working at the University of New Mexico in Human Resources for about five years, both loved playing sports and working out during high school, and both currently have an ongoing obstacle: putting themselves on the back burner.  Together they overcome their obstacles and continue to reach their wellness goals.

Read on to find out how they support each other in living healthy lifestyles.

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The Exercise Physiology Lab's New BodPod

The Exercise Physiology Lab has a brand new BodPod as an option for measuring body composition.  Scale weight alone can be misleading. Two people may weigh the same on a scale, but their body composition may be different.  Accurately measuring the amount of fat and lean tissue that makes up your weight enables sensible decisions regarding nutrition and exercise programs. Read on to learn how you can participate in this assessment.

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Changing Your Insurance Benefits

Opportunities to make changes to your medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending accounts (FSA) outside of an Open Enrollment period are allowed only when you or your dependents experience a Qualifying Change of Status or Special Event.

Read the full article for important information regarding a Qualifying Change of Status and Special Events.

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Help with Back Pain and Asthma

Back Pain
Frequently triggered by overuse and muscle strain, low back pain is very common among adults. Exercise is a key component for preventing and reducing lower back discomfort. Choosing the right exercises is important, as some forms of exercise may actually exacerbate back pain. 
Learn about exercises that reduce low back pain and those that can aggravate your condition.


Take Better Control of Your Asthma

Do you or your family members have problems controlling asthma? The Mayo Clinic has 
three Steps to Better Asthma Control to help alleviate asthma attacks and symptoms.

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Walgreens Available Through Express Scripts Starting September 15

Prescription Drug Plan Network Expanding

On September 15, 2012, Express Scripts, the UNM prescription drug plan, will expand their pharmacy provider network to include any pharmacy in the Walgreen’s family across the country. Express Scripts provides a broad array of quality pharmacy care options, including UNM's Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) pharmacy. Express Scripts has prepared “Frequently Asked Questions” to provide enrolled members with more information on this upcoming change. 

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Prevent Most Headaches

Eat, Hydrate, and Sleep

There are several types of headaches including migraine, tension, rebound, and cluster headaches. These different headaches do have some things in common - environmental and/or dietary issues, heat, stress, lack of sleep or food, as well as certain types of food, can trigger headaches. If you suffer from, or have been diagnosed with, migraines, keep a diary that includes food, fluid, and sleep patterns along with your migraines so you can track possible triggers.

Read on and learn more about how to prevent headaches.

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News U Can Use

Assess Diabetes Risk and Take Control of Asthma

As of 2011, 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the U.S. population, have diabetes. In that same year, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death, and the estimated diabetes expense in the United States was $116 billion in direct medical costs.

Asthma can be a life-threatening disease if not properly managed. In 2007, there were 3,447 deaths attributed to asthma. The annual direct health care cost of asthma is approximately $50.1 billion in the United States.

Read the full article to learn more about your risk for diabetes and how to take control of your asthma.

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Audit of Selected Payroll Process Memo

This memo includes important information regarding the Audit of Selected Payroll Process (Report 2010-07), from Chaouki Abdallah, Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Helen Gonzales, Vice President for Human Resources; Ava Lovell, Executive Officer Finance and Administration/Health Sciences Center; and Elizabeth Metzer, Interim University Controller. 

For the complete memo and additional information sent to HR Agents, visit: 
http://hr.unm.edu/docs/communications/audit-of-selected-payroll-process-memo.pdf

For the memo sent to Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and Chairs, visit:
http://hr.unm.edu/docs/communications/audit-of-selected-payroll-process-leadership-signed.pdf

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Educational Retirement Board Solvency Proposal

Thanks to everyone who recently participated in the campus ERB Survey.  Over 700 faculty and almost 2,500 staff responded to the survey.  We were able to use the results from the survey to frame our discussions with the ERB Stakeholder Advisory Group, which is comprised of twelve K-12, higher education, and retiree stakeholders.  Read the full article to review their proposal.

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Sandoval Regional Medical Center

Grand Opening

The new state of the art Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) celebrated its Grand Opening on July 7 and 8. Contracts with our Third Party Administrators, Lovelace and Presbyterian, designate SRMC as an in-network hospital. Benefits eligible employees now have the option to utilize that facility for hospital services, in addition to UNMH, at a Tier 1 benefit level. For more information, visit:
http://hscapp.unm.edu/calendar/output/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.release&EntryID=10789

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Tracey Briggs – Wellness Champion

Welcome and Congratulations

Employee Health Promotion (EHP) welcomes Tracey Briggs, our new Health Education Consultant.  Prior to joining the EHP Team, she was a US Army Fitness Coordinator in Yongsan, South Korea, and a government contractor operating her own personal training business in Heidelberg, Germany. She is a certified personal trainer who has won powerlifting and bodybuilding championships on three continents.  Find out more about EHP’s newest team member by reading the full article. 

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Avoiding Repetitive Strain Injuries

Taking breaks at work can help with clearing your mind, decreasing stress, and reducing the likelihood of repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel, sciatica, or low back pain. Read the full article for a few tips you can use to reduce your risk of a repetitive strain injury. 

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Important Changes to Employee Paychecks

Effective July 2012

New deductions for medical, dental, and vision benefits for the 2012-2013 Plan Year became effective July 1.  These include any new elections that were made during Open Enrollment, as well as the shift in UNM Salary Tier Contributions. Also effective July 1, the 1.75% retirement contribution swap went into effect. Please verify the accuracy of your deductions and contributions on your July pay stub.  We also recommend you verify your Benefit Statement on LoboWeb to ensure accuracy of your dependent and demographic information. Read the full article for instructions and further information.

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EHP Newsletter

July Features

Look for Employee Health Promotion's (EHP) Wellness @ Work each month to find information that will help you develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to stay healthy. 

Features this month include:

  • Avoiding Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Welcome and Congratulation to Tracey Briggs - Wellness Champion
  • News U Can Use
  • Video of the Month: Desk Exercises to Relieve Neck and Upper Back Tension
  • Calendar of Events

Read all about UNM wellness and upcoming EHP events

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Congratulations Sandy Rodrigue

Wellness Champion

Tired of feeling unhealthy? Sandy Rodrigue was, and she did something about it. When she was an undergraduate, Sandy was warned by her doctor that if she kept gaining weight she would have health complications when she got older. Ever since she started to have joint pain and not feel well, Sandy has been motivated to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Sandy learned of the Lifesteps Weight Management program offered by EHP and, wanting to lose weight, she decided that the Lifesteps program was right for her. Learn how Sandy lost her weight through Lifesteps by reading the full article.

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Heat Related Illnesses

Learn the Signs and Symptoms

Summer is approaching fast and temperatures will soon be soaring. As we spend more time outside, it is important to recognize and treat the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Early recognition can help prevent symptoms of heat exhaustion from progressing to heat stroke. Exposure to a hot, humid environment or excessive exercising in the heat can overwhelm the body’s ability to cool itself. Learn the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion by reading the full article.

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Insurance ID Cards

New Enrollment

Everyone who is newly enrolled in the UNM Medical Plan will receive a new medical ID card from their chosen Third Party Administrator (TPA), Lovelace or Presbyterian.  If you are simply continuing your coverage and did not add any new dependents, you will not receive a new ID card.  ID cards are expected to be mailed by the carriers in the middle of June and should arrive at your home address before July 1. For more information, see the full article.

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Dependent Education Scholarship Deadline

Fall 2012 Semester

The deadline to apply for the Dependent Education Scholarship for the Fall 2012 semester is Friday, June 29, 2012.  If you currently have a dependent in the program, you do not need to reapply unless there has been a break in semesters where your dependent did not receive the scholarship. Read the full article for more information.

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Project Heart Start New Mexico

Learn the New CPR

Take part in the third annual Project Heart Start and learn how to save a life.  There will be three one-hour sessions beginning at 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 23 at UNM Johnson Center - South Gym.  Individuals will learn Compression‐Only CPR.  This new method teaches the rescuer to call 911 and then compress the chest hard and fast approximately 100 compressions per minute. This means: no fumbling around trying to find a pulse, no mouth‐to‐mouth breathing, and no complicated sequences to remember. It is easy to learn and easy to remember. For more information, see the full article.

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Personal Enrichment Benefit

Policy 3700 - Education Benefits

The Personal Enrichment Benefit previously available under University Policy 3700, Education Benefits, will be partially reinstated effective August 1, 2012. This benefit was eliminated in August 2011 as part of the University’s comprehensive cost-cutting initiative with the recommendation of the Cost Containment Task Force. The University has not lost sight of the personal growth and enrichment value of this employee benefit, and will again make it available to faculty, staff, and retirees on a limited basis. For more information, see the full article.

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Sun Safety Tips

UNM Community Wellness

Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Much of this exposure comes from the sun, but UV rays are also a bi-product of man-made sources, such as tanning beds. Read the full article for some tips to help protect your skin from UV rays.

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June Training Calendar

Now Available

Employee & Organizational Development (EOD) offers FREE training workshops and consulting services to the UNM community. Our monthly Training Calendar highlights several professional and leadership development courses to help you polish your skills. We also offer custom training to meet individual department needs. For more information, see the full article.

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Learning Central Upgrade

A recent upgrade to Learning Central has enhanced the look, feel, and functionality of the site. There are tip sheets available on the Learning Central home page to guide you through the new system.

Please note that this upgrade has also caused a change in the URL for Learning Central, so links in previous documents or bookmarks will be rendered ineffective.

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Learning Central Downtime

May 18 – May 20, 2012

Learning Central will be unavailable Friday, May 18 at 1:00 pm through Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 pm. The purpose of this extended outage is to install a critical upgrade to the latest version of the system, which will improve functionality and security.  Users will notice a new look and feel when logging into Learning Central after the upgrade.  User guides will be available to help navigate the updated system.  Thank you for your patience.  For questions, contact Employee and Organizational Development at 277-1555.

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May is “Exercise is Medicine” Month

Exercise is Medicine™ (EIM) is an initiative designed to encourage all health care professionals to discuss exercise with their patients. EIM also provides support for patients, including guidance on how to start conversations about exercise with their health care provider.  Think back to your last visit with your healthcare provider.  Did he or she, or anyone in the office, ask you about physical activity?

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Retirement Manager Class

How to Get Started in UNM's Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans

Effective July 1, the 1.75% retirement swap will reverse.  This is a great opportunity to invest in yourself by saving the money in a 403b account.   A 403b account is a supplemental retirement account where you control how your money is invested.  As a pre-tax supplementary plan, a 403b account is instrumental in preparing for retirement. Studies show most individuals will need additional retirement income to maintain their lifestyle.

Even though you may have missed the 403b vendor enrollment sessions, there are still opportunities to invest in yourself. Read on to learn about course offerings.

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May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

Osteoporosis is often referred to as the “pediatric disease with adult consequences.” As our population ages, there will be a rise in the incidence of osteoporosis in both men and women, but there are steps you can take today to reduce your risk. Read the full article for steps you can take now.

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Invest in Your Future

403b Enrollment Sessions

Effective July 1, the 1.75% retirement swap will reverse.  This is a great opportunity to invest in yourself by saving the money in a 403b account.   A 403b account is a supplemental retirement account where you have control of how your money is invested.  As a pre-tax supplemental retirement plan, a 403b account is instrumental in preparing for retirement.  Although we have mandatory retirement plans in place, estimates show that most individuals will need supplemental retirement income to maintain their lifestyle. Read the full article for more information on how to invest in your future.

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Are You at Risk for High Blood Pressure?

UNM Community Wellness

Adults with blood pressure of 140/90 mm/Hg or above are considered to have hypertension and are at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and other medical problems. According to the American Heart Association, one in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. There are several factors that contribute to high blood pressure, raising your risk for heart attack and stroke. Learn the controllable and uncontrollable risk factors of hypertension by reading the full article.

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Lose Weight by Knowing Your Resting Metabolic Rate

Are you interested in knowing how many calories you need to eat to lose, maintain, or gain weight? A resting metabolic rate (RMR) test can help.  RMR is the amount of energy an individual uses while at rest after (at least) a five-hour fast. Therefore, it is often best to measure RMR first thing in the morning before eating or exercising. Your individual metabolic requirement, measured with an RMR test, can help you understand how many calories to consume each day to achieve your weight management goals.

Know how you can participate in RMR test by reading the full article.  

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Salary Tier Contribution Schedule Adjustment for Insurance Benefits

2012-2013 Open Enrollment

Effective July 1, 2012, there will be an adjustment to the salary tier contribution schedule or “split” to contribute a greater percentage to more UNM employees.  UNM will contribute 80% of the premium for full-time, active employees earning less than $35,000 per year; 70% for those earning $35,000 to $49,999; and 60% of the premium for employees earning $50,000 or more per year.  This shift will insulate more UNM employees from the rising cost of health care.  For more information, read the full article.

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Diabetes and Eye Health

UNM Community Wellness

Eye health and safety is important for everyone. It is important to have regular exams to identify early changes in vision as well as health. Eye health is especially important for individuals with high blood pressure and diabetes. The high blood glucose and high blood pressure can damage parts of your eye. The most common is the retina. The retina is a lining in the back of the eye that senses light coming into the eye. Problems that occur with the retina in people with diabetes are called diabetic retinopathy. 

To know symptoms and prevention of diabetic retinopathy, read the full article.  

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2012-2013 Open Enrollment Information Sessions

During the month of April, the Division of Human Resources is presenting sessions about the upcoming Open Enrollment, scheduled for April 25, 2012 through May 9, 2012.  Attendees will understand changes in health care benefits and premiums effective July 1, 2012 as well as options available during Open Enrollment.  To attend, register via Learning Central.  The title of the course is Open Enrollment Benefits Overview Presentation (located in the catalog under Human Resources/Employee Benefits).

For additional information, visit the Open Enrollment website.  Information at this site will be updated as it becomes available.

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations Gloria Napper-Owens

UNM Community Wellness

Blood testing is often a part of a routine checkup. It is a great tool for early diagnoses, particularly when family medical history is a concern. Dr. Gloria Napper-Owen, Ed.D, who is the Department Chair of Health Exercise and Sports Sciences, went in for a routine physical in July 2011. Her doctor revealed her A1C (measures average blood glucose control for the past two to three months) was borderline high. Her lifestyle changed right then and there. Read the full article to see how Dr. Napper-Owens alternated her lifestyle.

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Get Your Plate in Shape

UNM Community Wellness

 

For National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) encourages everyone to "Get Your Plate in Shape." It is important to make healthy food choices and acquire physical activity behaviors to prevent chronic diseases.

For tips to help you "Get Your Plate in Shape," read the full article.  

 

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Outdoor Activity

UNM Community Wellness

Get your exercise outdoors while having fun at the same time. As the weather gets warmer, take advantage of what is outside to get some activity. Before you get out, here are some helpful tips.  Please read the full article for more information.

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Special Enrollment Ends Wednesday

February 29, 2012

The Special Enrollment opportunity for life, long-term disability, short-term disability, and AD&D insurance plans ends Wednesday, February 29, 2012. This Special Enrollment period is your opportunity to enroll and/or increase coverage without underwriting requirements. Approved coverage selected during the special enrollment period will become effective March 1, 2012. To enroll and update your beneficiary designation, please utilize Standard’s online enrollment process. 

For more details on this special enrollment, the plans offered and beneficiary designation, visit the Special Enrollment site.

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February is Heart Month

UNM Community Wellness

There are many risk factors for heart disease, the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. While there are a few risks we cannot change such as age, gender, and genetics, there are many more risk factors that are based on our lifestyle choices. These include our exercise, eating and smoking habits, weight, and blood cholesterol.  Know how to reduce your risk of heart disease by reading the full article. 

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Accessing LoboWeb

View pay information, W-2, benefits statements, and leave balances

LoboWeb is a great tool that is accessible 24/7, where you can view your Pay Stub, W-2, Benefits Statement, and Leave Balances. By reviewing the information available on LoboWeb, you can ensure your Pay Stub and Benefit Statements are accurate. To access LoboWeb: 

  1. Click here: https://my.unm.edu  
  2. Enter your UNM NetID and Password
  3. Click the “Employee Life” tab   
  4. Click the LoboWeb logo in the center of the screen

For instructions on how to view your Pay Stub, W-2, and Benefit Statements, please read the full article.

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Get Fit on Route 66

EHP Spring 2012 Physical Activity Campaign

Do you need a little support and extra motivation to establish your exercise routine? UNM’s Employee Health Promotion is pleased to announce our spring 2012 physical activity campaign, Get Fit on Route 66.

Get Fit on Route 66 is an online tracking program that allows you to translate each minute of your physical activity into a fun and memorable trip from Chicago to Santa Monica. This eight week program costs $25 for UNM benefits-eligible employees, and they can use tuition remission.  All other participants are $35 each.  Start pulling your team of five together to be eligible for prizes. Mark your calendars; registration starts Monday, February 13.

Learn more about Get Fit on Route 66 by reading the full article. 

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Veteran's Outreach Program

Second Session is February 7

The Division of Human Resources Staff Recruitment Services implemented a Veteran's Outreach program for individuals at UNM and in the community. Part of this program is providing sessions on how to apply for staff positions at UNM. Staff Recruitment Services is partnering with UNM's Career Services to present workshops on how to navigate the UNMJobs application system, apply transferrable skills to applications and resumes, write an effective resume and cover letter, and interview successfully.  Please refer Veterans to this new program for additional support.  For more information, please read the full article.  

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Wellness Champions - Congratulations Matchup "Losers"

UNM Community Wellness

Employee Health Promotion encouraged participation in a competition called “The Matchup” from September through December 2011. This program challenged individuals to decrease weight with the encouragement of a team and cash rewards. The Matchup participants had three months to lose as much weight as possible to compete against other large employers throughout New Mexico and Arizona for a $10,000 prize. Even though UNM participants did not win the overall prize, we believe they received a greater gift, a healthy lifestyle change. Read the full article to see who were the top five Matchup "Losers."

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Rule Revision Comment Period

Educational Retirement Board (ERB)

The Educational Retirement Board (ERB) is asking for comments on revisions to two draft rules.  ERB Rule 2 addresses membership in the Educational Retirement Fund, and ERB Rule 3 addresses member and local administrative unit contributions.  The proposals for both rules can be found at http://nmerb.org/.  

The ERB looks forward to receiving your comments on the revised Rule 2 and Rule 3.  For Rule 2, comments should be emailed to Rulechange2@nmerb.org.  Rule 3 comments should be emailed to Rulechange3@nmerb.org.  All comments are due by close of business on February 13, 2012.   

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Spotting Diet Scams

UNM Community Wellness

A website or advertisement grabs your attention with “This product will give you the trim, shapely figure you have always wanted without diet or exercise; enjoy your favorite high-calorie foods and watch the pounds melt away; lose up to 10 pounds per week with no sweat and no starvation; and, this product can block the absorption of fat, carbs, and calories.” 

Sound too good to be true? Read the full article to check out the website that can help you learn the facts.  

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Express Scripts and Walgreens

Effective January 1, 2012

As communicated last September and October, effective January 1, 2012, Walgreens is no longer contracted with Express Scripts as an in-network pharmacy.  In order to receive in-network benefits, employees using Walgreens need to change prescriptions to an Express Scripts contracted pharmacy.  For more information, please read the full article.  

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Special Enrollment Information Sessions

Life, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, and AD&D

Standard Insurance Company, UNM’s new life, long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment, and short-term disability insurance carrier, will be on campus presenting information about the new plans and the Special Enrollment period.  Presentations will be held at either the John and June Perovich Business Center or Domenici Center West.  For locations and available times, view the schedule

Visit the Special Enrollment site for more information.  The Special Enrollment period ends February 29, 2012.

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UNM Medical Plan Update

Billing Concerns

On July 1, 2011, changes were made to the LoboCare Network aspect of the UNM Medical Plan to require a deductible and 15% coinsurance for certain services such as inpatient hospitalization, outpatient surgical procedures, MRI, CT scans, PET scans, and Nuclear Medicine.  Over the last few months, the Benefits Office determined that patients accessing the LoboCare Network were being billed deductible and coinsurance amounts in error for services such as office visit facility fees, vaccinations in an office visit setting, and several other services.  These incorrect bills were a result of claims payment configuration errors in the Lovelace and Presbyterian systems.  For more information, please read the full article.  

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HR Agent, HR Symposia, & UNMJobs Forums Evolution

January 2012

Effective January 2012, the UNMJobs Forums will become HR Process Improvement Forums.  Instead of having an HR Symposium and UNMJobs Forum, there will now be two HR Process Improvement Forums each month.  To best serve campus, each forum will be presented on Main and North Campus.  For more information, including the new HR Agent role, please read the full article.   

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UNM Life, LTD, and AD&D Insurance Carrier Change

Congratulations Standard Insurance Company

Standard Insurance Company has been selected as UNM’s new life, long-term disability (LTD), accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), and short-term disability insurance plans vendor.  All employees enrolled in UNM sponsored life, LTD, and AD&D plans currently offered through CIGNA will automatically transfer to plans offered by Standard Insurance Company effective January 1, 2012.  The plans offered by Standard Insurance Company ensure UNM employees the same or enhanced coverage at a lower cost.  For more information, including the dates for the special enrollment, please read the full article.  

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University Closure

Guidelines for Handling Time Entry

As the winter months approach, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify the process for University closures and time entry for regular staff working .50 or above.  As per Policy 3415 “Paid Time,” University Business Policies and Procedures Manual (UBPPM), Section 3.1. University or Branch Closure, “Eligible employees use leave with pay on those occasions when the University is declared closed by the University President… In instances where the President declares the University closed, employees should follow the procedures discussed in Policy 3435 - Inclement Weather."  For specific time entry information and frequently asked questions, please read the full article.   

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Wellness Champion – Congratulations Virginia Severns

UNM Community Wellness

 

Want to eat healthy and exercise regularly but aren’t sure what “healthy” and “regularly” means?  With many questions pending, it can be frustrating to alter your lifestyle. Virginia Severns has been there. The lack of a healthy lifestyle left her feeling sluggish. A family history of diabetes motivated Virginia to check her blood sugar and pay more attention to her diet.

Please read the full article to find out how Virginia educated herself to a healthy lifestyle.

 

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UNMJobs Forums and HR Symposia

Beginning in January 2012

Beginning in January 2012, the regularly scheduled UNMJobs Forums will have a new look and feel.  The new forums will be titled,   "HR Process Improvement Forums."  Instead of two forums a month, one on north and one on main campus, there will be four forums, two separate presentations each delivered on north and main campus.  Although the forums will still contain important information about UNMJobs process changes, new functionality, and enhancements, there will be other topics covered such as, EPAFs (Electronic Personnel Action Forms), audit recommendations, operational updates, and Employment Areas initiatives.

Since many of the operational topics traditionally covered at the symposia will now be covered in the forums, the HR Symposia will be discontinued.  At the final HR Symposium on December 14, the transition will be discussed.

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November is National Diabetes Month

Wellness @ Work

 

November highlights diabetes, a serious disease that leads to potentially life-threatening complications including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one in three adults in the United States will have diabetes by 2050, if current trends continue.

Find out about the current trends and what you can do to get involved by reading the full article.

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One-Time Pay Equity Supplement

On October 11, 2011, the Board of Regents approved a one-time pay equity supplement of $950 for regular faculty and staff who make less than $50,000.  The supplement amount of $950 will be prorated based on an employee’s appointment percentage as of November 18, 2011, and it cannot result in an employee’s salary exceeding $49,999. For example, a full-time employee who makes $49,500 will receive $499. 

Eligible employees are those who have been in an active status with continuous employment since January 1, 2010, and they must remain active until the last pay period in December 2011.  The one-time pay equity supplement will be included on non-bargaining unit employee, as well as United Staff-UNM (US-UNM), Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the Police Officers Association (POA) bargaining unit staff paychecks on December 22, 2011. 

The Educational Retirement Board has made a determination that the one-time pay equity supplement is not considered “salary.”  Therefore, it is not subject to ERB contribution (pursuant to Section 22-11-21), and it is precluded from being used to calculate benefits that the ERB will pay. 

Please read the full article for a list of frequently asked questions.

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Express Scripts Vaccination Program

Influenza, Tetanus, and Zoster vaccinations

UNM recently implemented the Express Scripts Vaccination Program.  The Express Scripts Vaccination Program is available to UNM employees and dependents enrolled in UNM prescription drug coverage administered by Express Scripts.  Under the program, employees and dependents can receive Influenza, Tetanus, and Zoster vaccinations at local contracted pharmacies by presenting their Express Scripts identification card.  No co-pay will be charged for these vaccinations.  To find a contracted pharmacy, please visit www.express-scripts.com or call Express Scripts directly at 1-800-232-6549.  Since not all pharmacies administer vaccinations, Express Scripts recommends verifying vaccination availability with the contracted pharmacy prior to receiving services.  

Influenza, Tetanus, Zoster, and other recommended vaccinations may also be received in a physician’s office.  Vaccinations received in the physician’s office are covered by the UNM Medical Plan, administered through Lovelace Insurance Company and Presbyterian Health Plan.

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Long-Term Care Open Enrollment Extended

New Deadline October 5, 2011

Unum is able to extend the deadline for employees to submit enrollment forms to buy-up Long-Term Care insurance without being subject to Unum Underwriting requirements.  The new deadline is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.  The extended opportunity is to ensure eligible employees have the opportunity to understand the buy-up options available and to submit the paper enrollment forms.  For additional information about this Open Enrollment opportunity, please visit the Long-Term Care Open Enrollment Site.

If you have additional questions about Long-Term Care insurance, please contact Unum at 1-800-227-4165.

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Prescriptions at Walgreens

Effective January 1, 2012

Walgreens has publicly announced it will stop participating as a provider in Express Scripts pharmacy network effective January 1, 2012.  This change will affect employees nationwide as well as other local employers covered by Express Scripts.  Walgreens has recently been sending letters to their customers with instructions to contact UNM’s Division of Human Resources.  However, this is a dispute between Walgreens and Express Scripts.  For more information, please read the full article.  

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Long-Term Care Open Enrollment

September 1 - September 30

Open Enrollment for UNM’s Long-Term Care (LTC) plan is available now through Friday, September 30, 2011 for anyone interested in adding coverage.  Please read the full article for more information

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Employee Health Care

Costs and Choices

The Daily Lobo’s August 29 article, Staff Health Care Costs on the Rise, reported on a topic of campus-wide concern. However, the article requires amplification on critical points concerning employee health care.  Please read the full article.  

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Carrier Changes - Alternative Retirement Plan

Action Required for VALIC Participants

Additional information has been provided by the Educational Retirement Board (ERB) regarding changes to the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) vendors.  TIAA-CREF and Fidelity have provided information about their services, and UNM Payroll has included a link to the form they require to switch a participant’s carriers.  If you are currently with VALIC as an ARP Participant, action is required.  For more information, please read the full article.   

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UNM Long-Term Care

Opportunity for Added Coverage

Long-Term Care (LTC) insurance provides coverage to assist with the cost of custodial care for individuals who are unable to perform activities of daily living (ADL) due to accident, injury, and/or illness.  UNM currently provides, at no cost to the employee, a base benefit of $2,000 per month and three year benefit duration to all full-time benefits-eligible employees after one year of benefits-eligible employment.  This insurance is offered through Unum.  From September 1 through September 30, Unum is offering UNM Benefits-Eligible employees a one-time Long-Term Care (LTC) Open Enrollment.  For more information, please read the full article. 

Employees not interested in this opportunity are not required to respond.     

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Upper Administration at UNM

Numerous questions have been raised about the number and cost of upper level administration at the University. I want to present some information that will demonstrate that we have taken these concerns seriously, while maintaining the level of executive competence necessary to operate an enterprise of this size.  For more information, please read the full article.  

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Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) Changes

New Service Providers

The Educational Retirement Board (ERB) has prepared a communication regarding changes to the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP). They have selected TIAA-CREF and Fidelity as their ARP service providers.  Current TIAA-CREF participants are not required to make any changes.  VALIC will be phased out as an ARP service provider effective December 15, 2011.  For more information, please read the ERB's communication.

If you have any questions, please contact the ERB at (505) 827-8030.

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UNM Staff Salary Ranges

Adjusted as of August 1, 2011

Effective August 1, 2011, the UNM Staff Salary Range Structure has been adjusted as follows:

  • All range midpoints were increased 3%
  • All range maxima were increased 6%
  • All range minima were not adjusted

This change broadens the ranges to provide more flexibility and better reflect overall market trends.  Likewise, maintaining the minima at current levels protects the overall integrity of the ranges, and ensures cost-neutrality of implementation, which is essential at this time.  For more information, including the updated salary structure tables, please visit http://hr.unm.edu/compensation/unm-staff-salary-range.php.

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Eat Your Fruits & Veggies

UNM Community Wellness

Summer is here, providing us with a colorful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from which to choose. This is a great time of year to try something new or return to the fruits and vegetables you haven’t had in a while. Take the time one weekend to go to the farmers market or produce store (or even the produce section in your regular grocery store), and check out what’s in stock right now.

Learn the amount of fruits and veggies you should consume by reading the full article.  

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations Byron Piatt

UNM Community Wellness

With summer here most people are eager for barbeques, swimming, and camping. Byron Piatt is looking forward to marathons – many of them.  Although Byron came from a physically active family, whose 80 year old mother is currently competing in the National Senior Basketball Tour, Byron lived a sedentary lifestyle.  Learn how Byron made a remarkable lifestyle change by reading the full article.  

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Banner ID for Insurance Inquiries

UNM Benefits

As an effort to protect your privacy, the Division of Human Resources no longer provides Social Security Numbers (SSN) to our vendors unless required to do so by Federal law.  When contacting Customer Service for Lovelace Insurance Company, Presbyterian Health Plan, Delta Dental of New Mexico, or the Vision Service Plan (VSP), please provide your UNM Banner ID for identification purposes.  If a customer service representative asks for your SSN, please remind the representative that UNM provides the UNM Banner ID and not SSN for identification.  If you provide your SSN to any of these companies, their representative will not find your information and will think you are not covered.

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Increasing Family Fitness

UNM Community Wellness

It is important for parents to be role models for their children. Parents who are physically active tend to have children who are physically active. There are many different ways to get your family up and moving.

Find out how to incorporate fitness into your family activities by reading the full article.  

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Important Changes to Your Paycheck

UNM Today Article

Several important legislative and administrative changes take effect in the new fiscal year which started July 1, 2011.  When you get your paycheck in July, you will notice changes in your Educational Retirement Board (ERB) Contributions and insurance deductions.  By August, changes in Parking and Transportation fees will take effect.  For Return-to-Work Retirees and Early Retirees, there will be additional changes.  To understand these deductions, please read the full article .

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Tuition Remission - Health and Fitness Still Eligible

UNM Today Article

Recent changes to Policy 3700, Education Benefits, that eliminated personal enrichment courses will not include health and fitness courses.  The Division of Human Resources has partnered with The Division of Continuing Education, Employee Health Promotion, Recreational Services, and UNM Centers for Life to determine eligible health and fitness classes for the fall 2011 semester.  Please review the Division of Continuing Education’s Fall Catalog and contact specific departments with any questions about eligible offerings.  For more information, please read the full article.  

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations Norma Allen

UNM Community Wellness

Wellness Champion - Norma AllenFor some people a healthy lifestyle change may come voluntarily; others need a little push. In Norma Allen’s case, she was shoved into a healthy lifestyle change when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She believes her weight played a role in her diagnosis. Fortunately, she was able to lose weight, and as of today, she has been cancer-free for five years.  For more information about Norma, please read the full article.   

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EHP’s Lifesteps® Weight Management Program

It’s not too late to participate - Contact EHP today!

EHP’s final 2011 Lifesteps® session begins in July. To reserve your spot in the program, contact EHP today. UNM employees can use tuition remission. This program is also open to UNMH employees and community members, ages 18 and older. For more information, please read the full article.  

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House Bill 129

Return-to-Work Retirees

Effective July 1, 2011, ERB retirees (including ARP members) who have returned to work after the 12 month layout will be required to pay into the ERA fund.  The required percentage contribution will be the same as regular employees.  Payments are pre-tax, but they are nonrefundable and the retired member is not entitled to acquire service credit for the period of reemployment.  House Bill 129 does not apply to .25 FTE working retirees or PERA retirees who work at UNM.

For more information, please refer to House Bill 129.

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Tuition Remission for Health and Fitness Courses

Policy 3700 - Education Benefits

After consideration of campus feedback on proposed changes to Policy 3700 “Education Benefits,” the personal enrichment benefit will be allowed for “health and fitness” courses.  Current policy provisions with regard to CNM, NMSU, and personal enrichment courses will remain unchanged for courses beginning prior to August 1, 2011.  For more information, please read the full article.  

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations Chris Vallejos

UNM Community Wellness

Wellness Champion - Chris VallejosIn honor of National Employee Health and Fitness Month, EHP would like to recognize Chris Vallejos, Associate Vice President of Institutional Support Services (ISS) for his active support of wellness at work. Find out how Chris is leading the charge for a healthy culture within ISS by reading the full article. 

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How to Help Your High Blood Pressure

UNM Community Wellness

Like many chronic health conditions, most people can control their blood pressure with lifestyle changes and if necessary, prescription medications. There are several lifestyle factors that increase blood pressure: high weight, sedentary lifestyle, diet, smoking, and high alcohol consumption.  

Learn what you can do to reduce your blood pressure, or your risk for getting high blood pressure, by reading the full article.  

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Keeping Your Face and Skin Healthy

UNM Community Wellness

It is a year-round commitment to do our part to help protect our skin. It is especially important now that spring is here and summer is quickly approaching. The sun’s intense rays, our busy lifestyles, and general aging can often make it difficult to maintain baby soft skin. For some tips to help keep your skin healthy, please read the full article.

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Future Retirees

Important Open Enrollment Information

Employees retiring after July 1, 2016 must be enrolled in UNM medical and/or dental insurance for five consecutive years, immediately preceding retirement, to be eligible to participate in UNM’s retiree medical and/or dental plan. If you intend to retire on July 1, 2016, it is important that you enroll in UNM benefits during this year’s Open Enrollment in order to meet the five year qualification requirement. Other policy provisions remain in effect. To learn more, please read the full article.  

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Apps for Your Health

UNM Community Wellness

 

You’ve heard about them: apps. There are several thousand out there for anything from games and maps, to managing your money and references. These apps are available for your smart phones, tablets, and other mobile computers. 

Among these thousands of apps, there are many good, free apps in the Health Care and Fitness category and the Lifestyle category. Please read the full article for some suggestions.

 

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Stress Awareness and Management

UNM Community Wellness

Stress is defined as mental, emotional, or physical tension or strain. Too much can have a negative impact on our health, so we need to make an effort to reduce the stressors.  This is possible by either decreasing the impact of the stressors to rest and recover, or learning to change our point of view by looking at the positive parts of a situation to lower and manage stress. For example, how we react to the stressors.   To learn some helpful tips, please read the full article.  

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Serve Up Less Sodium

UNM Community Wellness

Recently the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released with several new and revised recommendations. While the recommendation for sodium is virtually unchanged from the 2005 Guidelines for most people, no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day, there are two important points.  To learn more, please read the full article.

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations Janet Rangel

UNM community Wellness

Frustrated with her weight since she was a child, Janet Rangel felt she had tried everything to lose weight. Along with high blood pressure and cholesterol, she also fights diabetes daily. Even with assistance from her doctor, nothing seemed to help.

Read the full article to find out what worked for her, and how to find out what might work for you. 

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Eat Right With Color

UNM Community Wellness

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme for 2011 is Eat Right with Color. Our meals are often a palette of white, pale yellow, and browns, but we need color in our diet including fruits and vegetables. To learn ten ways to add fruits and vegetables into your diet every day, please read the full article.

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations Joe Montano

UNM Community Wellness

Who says it is too late to quit? Joe Montano smoked for 45 years. He would buy a carton of cigarettes every 5-7 days. Now “Smoking Joe” no longer smokes.  It will be nearly four months since he had his last cigarette.

To find out how Joe kicked his 45-year habit, please read the full article.

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Spring Into Motion with EHP

UNM Community Wellness

Need to get rid of those pesky holiday and winter pounds? Spring is right around the corner and the Employee Health Promotion (EHP) is here to help you “spring into motion.” The Spring into Motion program will assist in improving your health by increasing your physical activity. This program is available to all UNM employees, family members, retirees, UNMH employees, students, and community members. For more information about this program, please read the full article.

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It's Time to Improve Your Heart Health

UNM Community Wellness

Did you know that even small changes can mean a big difference for the health of your heart? Even in our busy and overscheduled lives, we can make small steps to improve our heart health. Research overwhelmingly shows the benefits of these efforts.  By exercising as little as 30 minutes per day, you can feel more energized, lower your blood pressure, decrease your “bad” LDL cholesterol, increase your “good” HDL cholesterol, reduce stress, improve your body’s ability to use insulin, and help maintain a healthy body weight. For more information, please read the full article.

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Wellness @ Work - February Newsletter

UNM Community Wellness

Look for Employee Health Promotion's (EHP) Wellness @ Work each month to find information that will help you develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to stay healthy.  To see this month's features and learn more, please read the full article. 

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Wellness Champions - Physical Plant Department

UNM Community Wellness

The Physical Plant Department (PPD) is the backbone of UNM. With about 500 employees, they do everything from landscaping to maintenance control.   Recognized as hard workers, PPD is taking a stand against work-related injuries by participating in a stretch break program developed by Employee Health Promotion (EHP).

To find out what PPD’s Mike, Brent, Dennis, and Milton have to say about the program’s successes, please read the full article.  

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Choosing a Fitness Resolution

UNM Community Wellness

On average, about 20% of us keep our New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, fitness resolutions tend to be the least likely achieved.  Do not let these statistics get you down. Follow the tips below to be successful.
 
1. Avoid choosing the same resolution.
2. Create a game plan and break it down.
3. Make contingency plans.
4. Give it time.
5. Reward yourself.
6. Don’t do it alone.
7. Keep a journal.

For more information on these tips, please read the full article.

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Don't Cut It, Include It

Healthy Eating Tips

The New Year is a great time to review how and what you are eating. Do not think about what to cut out, but think about what to include in your diet this year. Here are six tips to help with healthier eating habits. Implement a new tip each week for a healthier you.  For the complete list of tips, please read the full article.

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Staff Career Ladder Program

Introducing a New Look

The UNM Staff Career Ladder program has recently undergone a major review, resulting in a number of policy upgrades and procedural revisions.  In the process, the HR Career Ladder Web site has received an extensive and much-needed makeover, with a new look and better functionality.  To learn more and visit the links, please read the full article.    

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Live Healthier and Earn Points for Gift Certificates

Personal Health Assessments for UNM Lovelace and Presbyterian Health Plan Participants

As a UNM employee, you have support and guidance to make healthy lifestyle choices. By taking positive, measurable steps to improve your health, you can earn points to win incentive gift cards. The more points you accumulate, the better chance you have of winning!

This program for Lovelace and Presbyterian participants is designed to promote health-enhancing activities. One important activity is to complete your Personal Health Assessment (PHA).  Invest in your health by taking 20 minutes to complete your PHA and receive immediate feedback.  The surveys are voluntary and confidential. For more information on the incentive program and log-in instructions for the PHA, please read the full article. 

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Diversity Recruitment Resources

Special Offer

The Division of Human Resources is committed to supporting diversity at UNM.  HR’s Staff Recruitment Services offers a wide range of diversity recruitment resources for your department.  To learn more about these resources, including a limited time special offer, please read the full article.

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Learn More About Your Health With a Personal Health Assessment (PHA)

UNM Community Wellness

We all want to be the healthiest we can be.  Creating your own health improvement plan can help you meet your goals to get healthier.  A Personal Health Assessment (PHA) can provide you with the most up-to-date health information and resources to help you create a personalized health improvement plan that makes it easier to get you on your way to better health. For more information, please read the full article.

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Diabetes and Your Benefits at UNM

UNM Community Wellness

In an effort to help employees control their health care costs, UNM offers several benefits and services for our employees at risk for or with diabetes. Services include blood testing, nutrition counseling, and fitness assessments. For more information, please read the full article.

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Healthy Recipe - Quick Tex Mex Confetti Pizza

UNM Community Wellness

This fun and healthy recipe is a crowd pleaser. Serve at your next gathering! For complete recipe, please read the full article.

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Tobacco-Free Campus

University Business Policy 2250

The University of New Mexico is committed to “promoting a healthy U” by supporting wellness and prevention as well as providing a healthy environment in which to learn, work, and visit.  In pursuit of this goal, University Business Policy 2250 prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products on all University property except in a small number of designated outdoor areas authorized by the University President.   Please visit http://www.unm.edu/smokefree/  for a map of designated smoking areas and a copy of the policy.  Your compliance is greatly appreciated.

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Is It Possible To Be Fat and Fit?

UNM Community Wellness

Obesity can contribute to a long list of health problems; however, according to a number of research studies it is possible to be fat and fit. For example, men who are overweight and fit tend to live longer than men who are lean and unfit. Women who are heavy and physically active still have a higher risk of heart disease than slim women, but it is substantially lower than heavy women who are sedentary. Being “fit” is categorized as being physically active at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. For more information, please read the full article.

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Weight Gain and Menopause - Is It Inevitable?

UNM Community Wellness

Women in their late 40s and 50s — usually coinciding with the transition into menopause—often find that maintaining their weight becomes more difficult. Weight gained after menopause seems to be harder to lose, and the inches tend to accumulate around the abdomen, rather than the hips and thighs. Most women, on average, gain about a pound a year during this time.  A review of recent research studies reveals that this weight gain is not inevitable or necessarily caused by hormonal changes. For more information, please read the full article.

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations Jackie Luarkie

UNM Community Wellness

Congratulations to Jackie Luarkie for being our Wellness Champion this month!  She has been with UNM’s Parking and Transportation Department for 15 years.  After a routine check-up at the doctor’s office, she was told that her blood pressure and glucose levels were high.  Having a Native American background and knowing that health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure are common, Jackie decided she needed to do something immediately and started with her diet. For more information, please read the full article.

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Healthy Recipe - Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach

UNM Community Wellness

This healthy recipe is quick to make and big on taste. Enjoy! For complete recipe, please read the full article.

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Time to Change Your Fitness Routine?

UNM Community Wellness

If you have started exercising or are in the process of starting an exercise program, your enthusiasm and motivation is typically high. You manage to get out of bed early, squeeze in daily gym time, and stick to your plan without much effort. Then, slowly, the novelty wears off. You start finding reasons to sleep in and find “better” things to do with your time. Is this common scenario another motivation issue? Maybe not! For more information, please read the full article.

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Healthy Recipe - Black Bean Quesadillas

UNM Community Wellness

Enjoy these healthy quesadillas which take just 15 minutes to make. The recipe calls for black beans, but pinto beans will work too. Serve with a mixed green salad. For the complete recipe, please read the full article.

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Blood Pressure Balance

UNM Community Wellness

Blood Pressure Balance will explain the details of the DASH diet and other lifestyle factors that lower blood pressure. Research shows that people with high blood pressure can lower their systolic pressure by up to 11 points following a DASH dietary pattern and a low sodium diet. When it is estimated that one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, this is an important change that many of us can make.  Please read the full article for more details on this class.

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Sustainability Value

UNM Performance Reviews

UNM’s Strategic Framework identifies sustainability as a University Value.  By adding it to Performance Reviews, staff members can demonstrate their positive contribution in managing and preserving our resources through energy conservation, recycling, environmentally preferred purchasing, and use of alternative transportation methods.  To increase awareness of behaviors that support the value of sustainability, the UNM Sustainability Council and Office of Sustainability have provided a list of examples to consider.  As a vital partner in UNM’s environmental stewardship, the UNM Sustainability Council, Office of Sustainability, and the Division of Human Resources recognize staff for their invaluable commitments and efforts.  

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Exit Interview

Updated Process

Over the last several months, the Division of Human Resources has been updating UNM’s exit interview process.  Effective July 1, 2010, the updated online interview will be available.  Although not required, all staff members separating from the University are encouraged to participate.  For more information, please read the full article.  

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Educational Retirement Board Contributions

Attention On-Call & Temporary UNM Employees

State statute and University policy for Educational Retirement Board (ERB) contributions state that employees who work .25 FTE or less are excluded from participation in the system.  The specific exclusion of temporary/on-call staff and temporary faculty from participation in the Educational Retirement Board system until they exceed a .25 FTE in a fiscal year was identified by the President’s Strategic Advisory Team as a cost containment strategy.  Read the full article to learn more.  

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Sun Safety

UNM Community Wellness

The warm weather is here, and we are eager to get out into the sun and fresh air. Spending time outdoors is part of a healthy, active lifestyle. Whether you enjoy tennis, hiking, gardening, or running, take some precautions when you are out in the sun. For more information, please read the full article.

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Wellness Champions - Congratulations PATS

UNM Community Wellness

Parking & Transportation is an important component of the UNM campus. They shuttle students and employees around, monitor parking permits, and carry out various other duties. However, Parking & Transportation deserves to be recognized for another reason: the increased wellness of their employees. For more information, please read the full article.

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Outdoor Fitness

UNM Community Wellness

Most neighborhoods can provide an area for outdoor fitness where the landscape creates a natural obstacle course for your own boot camp routine. Parks, playgrounds, hills, hiking trails, tracks, stadium stairs, and beaches are just a few of the options from which you can choose.  For more information information on outdoor fitness options, please read the full article.

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Local Gym Discounts for UNM Employees

UNM Community Wellness

EHP is committed to employee wellness which includes supporting employees and their family members to increase their physical activity.  Fortunately, some local gyms are also willing to help.  The goal of offering gym discounts is to encourage employees and their family members to exercise at their convenience and gives options with different locations, services, classes, and equipment.  For additional information, please read the full article.

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Healthy Recipe - Mediterranean Wrap

UNM Community Wellness

This Mediterranean Wrap is stuffed with chicken tenders, couscous, a hit of lemon, and a healthy dose of fresh herbs. Save any leftovers to wrap up for an easy lunch.

4 servings | Active Time: 40 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes

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Headache Triggers

UNM Community Wellness

Headaches have many causes, including certain foods and low blood sugar. Contrary to what most people think, high blood pressure only causes headaches when it is extremely high - at the level considered a hypertensive crisis (180/110 mmHg).  Here are some things you can do to reduce the chance of getting a headache. For more information, please read the full article.

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations, Marie Tenorio

Congratulations, Marie Tenorio

Marie Tenorio has been an employee of UNM for eighteen years. Currently, she is a Data Entry 3 Clerk for Information Technologies. Marie has been overweight most of her life. She has struggled with her weight for years while overcoming other life obstacles. Marie is a single mother of two boys, so she put her personal needs and health on hold while raising them. For more of Marie's story, please read the full article.

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How Can Stretching Help Me?

UNM Community Wellness

Without regular stretching, your muscles will tighten and the range of motion in your joints will decrease as you age. This can put a damper on active lifestyles and hinder day-to-day activities. A regular stretching program can help to maintain your range of motion, decrease your risk of injury, and make daily living activities easier. Please read the full article for more information.

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Healthy Recipe - Strawberry Granita

Stawberry Granita

Here is a frozen dessert that doesn’t need an ice cream maker. For the complete recipe, please read the full article.

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Regulatory Changes to Applicant Conviction Question

Attention Employees Involved in the Staff Hiring Process

New legislation from the 2010 New Mexico General Session becomes effective May 19, 2010.  Senate Bill 254 amends the Criminal Offender Employment Act by restricting State employers from making an "inquiry regarding a conviction on an initial application for employment."  The employer "shall only take into consideration a conviction after the applicant has been selected as a finalist."

Changes have been made to the staff/UNMTemps and the student employment application which asked about convictions.  For staff, the inquiry about convictions will become part of the interview process.  Please share this information with anyone involved in the staff or student hiring process as well as everyone involved in the staff interviewing process. To learn more, please read the full article.

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Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention

UNM Community Wellness

Osteoporosis is often referred to as the “pediatric disease with adult consequences.” As our population ages, there will be a rise in the incidence of osteoporosis in both men and women, but you can do something today to reduce your risk. For more information, please read the full article.

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations, Jessica Spurrier

Congratulations, Jessica Spurrier

Jessica Spurrier has been a part of UNM since August 2008, and in that time she has been involved with some very big changes on campus. Jessica is the Health Education Manager of Student Health & Counseling, but her work is not limited to helping students. For more information, please read the full article.

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Healthy Recipe - Radiance Fruit Salad

Radiance Fruit Salad

A great summer fruit salad with a tasty, healthy dressing. For the complete recipe, please read the full article.

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Resistance Bands - Why the Resistance?

UNM Community Wellness

Your office is probably where you spend most of your time away from home. Why not incorporate a few exercises at your desk that can keep you on track with your fitness goals? A resistance band is an inexpensive resistance (weight) training apparatus that is easy to use. For more information, please read the full article.

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High Blood Pressure - Are You at Risk?

UNM Community Wellness

Adults with blood pressure of 140/90 or above are considered to have hypertension and are at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, and other medical problems. According to the American Heart Association, one in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure. For more information, please read the full article.

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Myths About Asthma

UNM Community Wellness

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways. There are various degrees of airway limitation based on the individual. Most characteristics include recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, tightness of the chest, and coughing. The intensity can vary from mild to life threatening. For more information, please read the full article.

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations, Samantha Fernandez

Congratulations, Samantha Fernandez

Supporting wellness for students, staff, and faculty is an important UNM initiative. Samantha Fernandez, 29, is a UNM employee who has taken that initiative to heart. To learn more, please read the full article.

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Healthy Recipe - Salmon Burgers

Salmon Burgers

A healthy, year-round alternative to hamburgers. For the complete recipe, please read the full article.

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Passport to Leadership Certification

Celebrating Success

Introduced in April of 2009, the Passport to Leadership Certification program was created by Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) as a practical build-your-own program approach to leadership development. As of March 2010, EOD is proud to announce the first UNM staff members who have completed the program, earning their certification.  Please read the full article.  

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Accessing Providers Outside New Mexico

UNM Medical Benefits

Did you know the UNM Medical Plan gives you access to approximately 500,000 providers and facilities outside New Mexico through the MultiPlan/PHCS Networks?  Through a special agreement with the UNM Medical Plan’s Third Party Administrators (TPA), Lovelace Insurance Company and Presbyterian Health Plan, you and your dependents can receive services outside New Mexico on an In-Network (Tier II) basis.  Please read the full article for more information.

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March is National Nutrition Month

"Nutrition from the Ground Up"

Here are some basic tips to help you keep your diet and eating plans simple. For more information, please read the full article.

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Smoking and Heart Disease

UNM Community Wellness

Did you know that cigarette smoking alone increases the risk of developing heart disease? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smokers are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than nonsmokers. For more information, please read the full article.

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations, Shannon Garbiso

Congratulations, Shannon Garbiso

Shannon Garbiso has been a part of UNM for 14 years as an employee and a student. She is currently a Human Resources Department Representative and takes classes part time. This keeps Shannon very busy; however, she still finds time to lead a very active and healthy lifestyle. For more information, please read the full article.

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Healthy Recipe - Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Adding garbanzo beans to this cake provides additional protein and fiber as well as vitamins and minerals that can contribute to heart health. For the complete recipe, please read the full article.

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Physical Activity Guidelines

UNM Community Wellness

Approximately half the people in New Mexico are meeting the physical activity recommendations, but there is plenty of room for improvement! The physical activity recommendations are:  30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity five days a week or 20 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity at least three days a week. For more information, please read the full article.

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Eat More, Not Less This Year

UNM Community Wellness

If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight, aim to eat more. Here are a few meal strategies to help you consume fewer calories but with more food.  Please read the full article for more information.

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Wellness Champions

Congratulations - Ray & Julie Sykes

Making a lifestyle change is a difficult thing to do; however, having support while making the change can increase success. This fact held true for Ray and Julie Sykes when they decided to make their lifestyle change.

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Healthy Recipe - Glacier Peaks Granola

Glacier Peaks Granola

After you prepare this recipe, enjoy it as cereal with non-fat or 1% milk, or mix it in with a cup of fat-free plain Greek or regular yogurt for a healthy and delicious breakfast.

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Retirement Manager - Transition Complete

Transition Complete

Retirement Manager is now available for UNM employees. Whether you already have a 403b and/or 457b, or if you would like to learn more about setting one up, please visit the Retirement Manager website.

All employees who currently have a 403b and/or 457b, please review your account information in Retirement Manager. For specific vendor information regarding year-to-date (YTD) contributions and the link to Retirement Manager, please read the full article.

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Five Ways to Bolster Your Health During the Holidays

UNM Community Wellness

Exercise. If the weather permits, get outside for a few laps around the block. If it is too cold, walk around the mall. Take the stairs or use exercise equipment indoors to help you burn more calories each day.

Eat healthy. A healthy, balanced diet helps the body receive all the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs to support the immune system. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and healthy proteins such as nuts, seed, and beans is a great way to help you stay healthy.

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Wellness Champion - Neddy Vigil

Neddy Vigil

Neddy Vigil, age 70, has been part of the UNM community for 49 years. He attended UNM as a student in 1960 and graduated in 1967. Immediately after graduating, Vigil became the Director of the Language Learning Center, the position he still holds today. He is also a research professor for the Spanish and Portugese department.

Vigil has always been an active man, walking the foothills of Albuquerque on a regular basis. In his 50s, Vigil began swimming a mile a day in addition to his walking regimen. He has also been an on-and-off member of Sports and Wellness for over 20 years.

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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

UNM Community Wellness

This time of year tends to be the time when we are most tempted by extra food and calories, which can lead to weight gain by the New Year. Read the full article for five tips to help you keep off some of the extra holiday weight this winter.

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Healthy Recipe - Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower

UNM Community Wellness

Non-fat milk, low-fat sour cream, and less butter are the keys to this healthy version of a holiday classic. Use more or less milk to get the consistency you desire. Reduce the portion size to get fewer calories per serving.

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Five Low-Stress Holiday Gift Ideas

UNM Community Wellness

Throughout the seasons we are blessed with reasons to celebrate special occasions and holidays, remembering those who are close at heart. We love to share with gifts but sometimes gift-giving can become stressful and expensive. Read the full article for some simple and inexpensive ideas.

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It is Still Flu Season

UNM Community Wellness

Although the weather is warm, we are in the midst of flu season. Please continue to take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your colleagues. Read the full article for suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Metabolic Syndrome

What Is It?

Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X, is a group of factors that puts an individual at risk for chronic diseases including heart disease and diabetes.

Do You Have It or Are You At Risk?

To determine if you have metabolic syndrome, you need to know several things: your waist circumference, cholesterol numbers (specifically HDL and triglycerides), blood pressure, and fasting blood glucose. If you participated in Preventive Health Week in October, you should have received this information. You can also schedule an appointment at the Exercise Physiology Lab to get these biometrics measured. Call 277-2658 for more information.

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Wellness Champion - President Schmidly

President Schmidly

Leading by example is an effective strategy, especially when it comes to wellness initiatives and establishing a healthy culture. Dr. David J. Schmidly, President of the University of New Mexico, recently advocated for a tobacco-free campus as a step toward a healthier culture. He also continues to work toward a healthier lifestyle of his own.

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Healthy Recipe - Smoked Sausage and Red Pepper Frittata

Smoked Sausage and Red Pepper Frittata

This frittata is great for breakfast, especially on a holiday when you need something to hold you over until the afternoon meal.

 

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Clarification on Senate Bill 572

Applies to Employees Switching from the ARP Defined Contribution Plan to the ERB Regular Defined Benefit Plan

At its September 11, 2009 meeting, the ERB took action to clarify the ARP legislation recently enacted as SB 572. Senate Bill 572 provides that any participant who has made contributions to the Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP) for a cumulative total of seven years or more, will have a one-time option of electing to switch to the ERB regular defined benefit plan. Action taken at the ERB's September 11 meeting allows ARP service to be counted toward satisfying the current ERB regular defined benefit plan "25 Year/Rule of 75" retirement requirements. For more information, including an example, please read the full article.

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Lifestyle Factors to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

UNM Community Wellness

As with many cancers, breast cancer has numerous risk factors, some of which are controllable. Having one or more risk factors for breast cancer does not necessarily mean you will get the disease. On the other hand, those with no known risk can also get breast cancer. It is therefore important to know all potential risks you may have for breast cancer (as well as other cancers), and modify the ones you can change. For more information, please read the full article.

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October Wellness Champion

Stephanie Eberhard

UNM Alumnus and former employee Stephanie Eberhard comes to UNM as a community member to participate in the Art for Health classes and found that part of her healing process in dealing with breast cancer came from her experiences in this EHP stress-reduction program. “I was only going to come to Art for Health for a couple of days this summer, but I ended up signing up for the rest of the semester. I was very happy that I did . . ."

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Restaurant Roundup - Healthy Choices When Eating Out

UNM Community Wellness

Did you know that when you eat out, you can easily get your days worth of calories (and more) in a single meal? Find out how you can still eat out and not let it all go to your waist by attending the class Restaurant Roundup on Thursday, September 17 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. For more information, please read the full article.

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Managing Your Child's Asthma

UNM Community Wellness

Asthma is the most serious and common chronic childhood disease. However, many parents do not know that their child has asthma. Wheezing is not the only indicator of asthma; a frequent cough at nighttime or during exercise can also indicate asthma. Some of the symptoms of asthma are easily recognizable, including coughing during or after exercise, shortness of breath, wheezy breathing, or a tight constricting feeling in the chest. It is important to recognize these symptoms in children so that they can receive proper treatment and live a normal, active life. Read the full article for more information.

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September Wellness Champion

Pug Burge

Pug Burge has been affiliated with UNM for 35 years and has done some amazing things during that time. Over the years, Pug has worked on UNM’s North Campus at the School of Medicine in various leadership positions. For the last three years, Pug has worked at the Health Science Center (HSC) as the HSC Vice President for Administration. Two of the most recognizable projects have been the tobacco policies at UNMH and UNM. To learn more about Pug's work, read the full article.

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Cholesterol Education Month

UNM Community Wellness

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Now is a good time to get your cholesterol checked, learn the results and what they mean, and determine how to improve your cholesterol numbers. To find out more, read the full article.

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Fitness and Nutrition

Myths and Facts

With so much health and fitness information coming from so many different sources, it's no wonder people are confused. EHP's staff has heard some recent myths and pulled together the facts.

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations - Naomi Hanauer

Congratulations - Naomi Hanauer

Smoking cigarettes is a hard habit to break. Many people try to quit smoking for many years without any success. “It is the hardest thing I have ever done, but it was worth it,” says Naomi Hanauer, 35, the Field Supervisor for UNM's Bus Services. She has worked at UNM for two years and is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree.

Naomi quit smoking about a year and a half ago after undergoing major surgery.

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Benefits of Quitting Tobacco

UNM Community Wellness

Many smokers know that smoking is bad for them. Not only is it detrimental to your health, but it can be a very expensive habit. Many smokers think about quitting at some time, or at least cutting down. However, this is easier said than done. Keep in mind, though, that there are both immediate and long-term benefits to quitting smoking.

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Chicken and Blueberry Pasta Salad

UNM Community Wellness

The addition of blueberries to poached chicken and feta cheese makes this dish a light and satisfying summer supper that's also great for a potluck.

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What to Know about Diabetes

Welness - Class Feature

“What to Know About Diabetes” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at the UNM Business Center, Room 1018. Employee Health Promotion (EHP) staff will present information about understanding glucose results, Type 2 diabetes and the various risk factors that contribute to it, and how lifestyle modification can help reduce diabetes risk and play a role in healthy blood glucose levels. For more information, including how to register for the class, please read the full article.

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Know Your Diabetes Complication Risks

UNM Community Wellness

For individuals with diabetes, there are four things that should be checked on a regular basis in addition to blood glucose levels: cholesterol levels, A1C, eye health, and foot health. Checking these will greatly reduce the risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease, blindness, and amputations. To find out more, read the full article.

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Wellness Champion - Babette “Babs” Baker

Babette "Babs" Baker

Twenty-one years ago, when Babette “Babs” Baker was in her mid-40’s and an employee in the Art and Art History Department, she would have to rest after vacuuming because of pain from her arthritis. She was encouraged by Christine Mermier, a graduate student at that time, to attend Employee Health Promotion (EHP) fitness classes, and work on her flexibility and strength. Read the full article to find out how Babs made lasting lifestyle changes.

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Tobacco-Free Campus Policy Update

UNM Community Wellness

One of UNM’s core priorities is the support of healthy communities. The adverse health effects of cigarette smoke, both first and secondhand, are well documented. To find out how UNM is trying to build a healthy environment, read the full article.

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Healthy Recipe - Mexican Breakfast Burrito

Mexican Breakfast Burrito

Most of the breakfast burritos we buy at restaurants have anywhere from 600 to 1200 calories and cost $2 - $5. By making your own, you will save both calories and money. Read the full article for the recipe.

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Healthy Recipe - Chicken, Peach, and Cabbage Salad

Chicken, Peach, and Cabbage Salad

This Chicken, Peach, and Cabbage Salad is prefect for summer. Read the full article for the recipe.

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July Wellness Champion

Susy Sarmiento

Susy Sarmiento is living healthier than ever before. At the age of 30, Susy has gone from weighing 230 pounds to 155 pounds. She accomplished this remarkable weight loss by making several lifestyle changes and getting active. Read the full article to find out how Susy made these changes.

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Exercise is Medicine

UNM Community Wellness

The nation's top public health physician wants you to know: Exercise greatly reduces serious risks to your health . Simply increasing your physical activity a little can help you and your family prevent many illnesses, and improve health, fitness, and well-being. Join Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH today, and become more physically active and healthy.

For more information, and ways to get started, visit the Exercise is Medicine™ website at www.exerciseismedicine.org . Also, read the full article for additional details.

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Are You Sitting Pretty?

UNM Community Wellness

In many jobs, sitting is common and makes sense. When we sit down, we relieve our legs and feet of the weight of our bodies. Sitting consumes less energy and creates a more stable position for precise work than standing. Believe it or not, sitting isn't entirely restful for our bodies (especially when you sit for most of your day)! Our bodies aren't made to stay in one position for long periods of time. Have you ever noticed that after a few minutes of sitting, your body feels the need to squirm? You shift positions, cross and uncross your legs, flex your back and shoulders, or find a reason to get up and walk around.

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Benefits of Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Screenings

UNM Community Wellness

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that all adults ages 20 or older get a fasting lipid profile every five years. However, you may need to have your lipid levels checked more often if you have total cholesterol over 200 mg/dl, are a man over 45 or a woman over 50, have a HDL is less than 40 mg/dl, or have other risk factors for heart disease or stroke. Other risk factors include family history of heart disease, being a smoker, high blood pressure, diabetes, physical inactivity, and/or being overweight or obese. If you don't know your total cholesterol or HDL, now is the time to have it checked.

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Healthy Recipe - Tuscan White Bean Salad on Crostini

Tuscan White Bean Salad on Crostini

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Controlling Blood Pressure & Cholesterol with Lifestyle

What You Need To Know About Trans-Fats

For many years, health professionals advocated a low-fat diet to reduce cholesterol. Today, the recommendations have changed as research has revealed that not all fats are the same: some are good and others are not. The recommendation is now a low-saturated fat and limited trans -fat diet. To learn about the effects of lifestyle factors on your cholesterol, as well as blood pressure and your risk of heart disease, come to Shelley Rael's (MS RD LD, EHP Sr. Clinical Nutritionist) class entitled “ Controlling Blood Pressure & Cholesterol with Lifestyle.” Read the full article for more information.

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Reducing the Risk of Osteoporosis with Lifestyle

UNM Community Wellness

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and weak causing an increased risk of fracture. People tend to think about osteoporosis only when they are older, or they think that it is a disease of older females. Regardless of age or gender, osteoporosis is something that everyone needs to think about and prevent. Join us Tuesday, May 12 for Reducing the Risk of Osteoporosis with Lifestyle. Learn more about this class as well as risk factors, specific diet, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations to keep bones healthy by reading the full article.

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Lifestyle Habits and Cancer Risks

UNM Community Wellnes

What can you do to reduce your risk of cancer? Today, diet is second only to tobacco as a preventable cause of cancer. In 2008, it was estimated that nearly one-third of cancer deaths were related to being overweight or obese, physically inactive, or from poor nutrition habits. Since these factors are controllable, these deaths could have been prevented. Read the full article for more details.

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Healthy Recipe - Summer Squash Soup with Pasta and Parmesan

Summer Squash Soup with Pasta and Parmesan

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Facts About Cholesterol

UNM Community Wellness

Knowing the facts about cholesterol can reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke. There are usually no signs or symptoms that you have high blood cholesterol, but it can be detected with a blood test. Everyone should know their numbers. Understanding cholesterol, and how it affects your health, is important. To learn more, including the next cholesterol testing opportunity provide by Employee Health Promotion (EHP), please read the full article.

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House Bill 854

ERB Contributions

A bill of great interest to UNM Staff and Faculty has been approved by the Legislature. House Bill 854 (HB 854) increases employees' contributions to state pension funds by 1.5 percent of gross salary and decreases the employer's contribution by a corresponding amount. It applies to employees making more than $20,000 per year for the period July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011. This bill covers all state agency, public school, and higher education employees including those in Alternative Retirement Plans. Please read the full article for more information.

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Are you getting enough sleep?

UNM Community Wellness

There are a number of everyday tasks that depend on you getting enough sleep. Learning, memorizing, and other mentally challenging tasks are maximized after a good night's sleep. Read the full article for more information.

Also, please join us on March 18 at 12:00 pm for Sleep: Understanding the Basic Health Benefits. For more information, contact Rhonda Miranda at 277-4996 or rmirand1@unm.edu .

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Wellness Champion - Congratulations Annie Glisson

Coordinator of Admissions, Anderson Advisement Office

Annie took a seat on the weight loss train a couple of years ago. This adventure began by having to endure a crash diet in preparation for surgery, then going through the distress of gaining all the weight back.

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Sleep and Recovery from Exercise

UNM Community Wellness

While it seems to be common sense that getting enough sleep is important for optimal sports and exercise performance, there hasn't been much evidence to support this theory -- until now.

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Healthy Recipe - White Bean Enchiladas

White Bean Enchiladas

This is a fantastic meatless enchilada dish for three. If you need it to be for more people, it can easily be doubled.

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2013 Flexible Spending Account Grace Period Reminder

For unused funds remaining in your 2013 FSA account, you have a Grace Period until March 15, 2014 to incur expenses using your remaining 2013 funds. Claim expenses incurred through March 15, 2014 must be received by May 31, 2014 by our FSA administrator (SHDR - Stanley, Hunt, Dupree and Rhine) for reimbursement for the prior calendar year.

Consider using remaining health funds for routine medical, dental, or vision appointments, medications, or medical supplies.  For a list of eligible expenses that may be reimbursed through the Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA visit the SHDR website.

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