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Fine-tune your well-being compass with Worldwide Wellness
Fine-tune your well-being compass during the Worldwide Wellness spring 2023 challenge.
COVID-19 and End of Public Health Emergency
You may have heard or read that the federal government has announced that the Public Health Emergency (PHE) that has been in effect due to COVID-19 will end on May 11, 2023. What does this mean for participants in a WashU Medical Plan? Effective beginning May 12, 2023, the following changes will apply to all […]
Financial literacy series
A series of monthly posts designed to break down financial topics into bite-sized pieces
Support for International Disasters
WashU employees who been impacted by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria have resources available to them and eligible family members.
2022 Tax Documents
W-2s will be available by Jan. 31, 2023. Employees can access an electronic copy in Workday. Non-employees can also access in Workday or expect a mailed W-2 to the home address on file. 1095-C forms will be available by March 2, 2023, in Workday for employees who have consented to receive them electronically. Employees must […]
Let’s Celebrate Heart Health Month
In honor of National Heart Month, WashU’s employee Well-being Team is highlighting important steps and resources to help you take care of your heart. Eating healthier, exercising more and getting regular check-ups are key steps toward a healthy heart. In addition, reducing stress and considering our emotional connection to ourselves play a vital role in […]
Wellness Champion Fund Projects
WashU Wellness Champions are eligible to apply for start-up funds for projects that promote innovative, personalized solutions to their unique work group. HR’s Well-being team offers financial support to Wellness Champions who are in good standing and interested in start-up funds to address the wellness needs of their workgroup. Read about the Champion Fund Projects […]
How to Make Holidays Kid-Friendly
Help kids rise to the occasion, and don’t aim too high. Caroline Miller, Child Mind Institute Let’s acknowledge that the holidays can be stressful for many people for varying reasons, and this includes parents and children. Why are the holidays so fraught? Because expectations are heightened, and holidays can feel like a test of how […]
Learning and Development’s 12 Days of Learning challenge
12 Days of Learning challenge: daily 5-minute exercises
Improving Your Credit Score
A series of financial security tips Your FICO score is a credit scoring technique used to evaluate applicants for almost any type of loan. Each of the three major credit-reporting agencies evaluates these factors and determines your credit score; therefore, you may have three different scores. FICO scores range from 300 to 850, with a […]
A series of financial security tips One pillar of financial society is built on the idea of credit: student loans, credit cards, home mortgages, and other kinds of financing arrangements that allow us to spend more than we may have readily available in cash. Understanding how to establish and maintain a healthy line of credit […]
Credit Security Freeze
a series of financial security tips With millions of identity theft cases reported each year, a security freeze can be a useful measure in preventing identity theft. While not for every consumer, the security freeze is considered the strongest measure one can take in protecting a credit file. How it Works A security freeze works […]
Preventing Credit Card & Identity Theft
A series of financial security tips Whether you have misplaced a credit card or had a purse or wallet stolen, the loss of personal identification and financial information can be a major concern. Knowing the right precautions to take can help safeguard your financial freedom and prevent devastating losses to your cash reserves and credit […]
Refresh and reinvigorate with Renew
Take time to refresh and reinvigorate yourself during the fall 2022 wellness challenge, Renew.
Increase Your Energy with Morning Movement
A guide to energizing your fitness routine, by Meghann Feely, associate director of fitness & operations at sumers recreation center While it can be hard to find the time (or motivation) for movement, a good goal is to fit in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity each day, like brisk walking or cycling. More […]
Thrive tip: Rest, recharge and rejuvenate this holiday season
Be proactive and reduce stress when you can with these tips during the holiday season.
Find nourishment this fall
A guide to nutritious eating, by MyWay to Health Wellness Consultant Maggie Danforth, RD, LD Many factors contribute to our health and how we feel, yet we often overlook how the food we eat impacts our daily lives. Just as we wouldn’t expect our cars to run on vegetable oil or on empty, we can’t […]
Support for Traumatic Events
Resources for faculty and staff who have been affected by the Oct. 24 shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis.
WashU’s Annual Health Screenings: Get to Know Your Numbers
The value of annual biometric screenings and how Wellness Champions contribute to the health of the WashU community Annual health screenings are an essential building block for any well-being goal. By “knowing our numbers”, we can detect disease early, establish a baseline for our health, and make informed health decisions. Seeing your medical provider for […]
Emotional Well-Being Resources
At WashU, we care about you and want to make sure you know about the resources available to help you thrive and navigate life’s challenges. In addition to your physical and financial well-being, take time to care for yourself or a loved one’s emotional well-being. Sept. 5 – 11 is recognized as National Suicide Prevention […]
Five Important Steps to Take Before Your Student Loan Payments Resume
TIAA provides five important steps to take before your student loan payments resume in 2023.
Update to VSP Vision Benefit
WashU employees and dependents enrolled in the VSP vision plan benefit can find routine vision and eye care online.
Flood Support & Resources
Find resources and support for the flooding that has impacted St. Louis.
Bright Horizons Adult Care Resources (July 2022)
Your Bright Horizons benefits will help you stress less about your adult/elder loved ones’ care.
Seize the Summertime
Enjoy the outdoors while you stay active with the 2022 Summertime activity challenge!
Staff Short-Term Medical Disability Payment Updates
Short-term medical disability payments for disabilities beginning on or after July 1, 2022, will be made by WashU on your regular payroll schedule.
Bright Horizons to Accept Mildly Ill Children for Emergency/Back-Up Care
Effective July 1, 2022, Bright Horizons Emergency/Back-up Care will again be available for the care of mildly ill children.
Resources for Infant Formula Shortage
UnitedHealthcare maternity nurses and advocates are available to WashU health plan members who are concerned about the current nationwide infant formula shortage.
Thrive tip: managing common work-related anxieties
Help manage common work-related anxiety with tips from Krista Jarvis, LPC, a clinical case manager in WashU’s Department of Psychiatry.
New Investment Option Being Added to the RMSA
The TIAA-CREF Lifecycle 2065 Fund Retirement Class (TSFRX) is being added as an investment option.
Thrive tip: addressing anxiety through self-check-ins
Try self-check-ins to understand what you might be feeling and how you can help your body cope
“In Their Shoes” Employee Spotlights
Get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of WashU employees as they get their steps in and help us achieve our missions.
Thrive tip: Find Happiness with Behaviors to Help You Overcome Adversity
Find happiness with these behaviors to help you overcome adversity in your life.
Thrive tip: Tips to Care for Yourself When You’re Experiencing Burnout
Read tips to care for yourself or support a colleague when someone is experiencing burnout.
Thrive tip: Finding the Best Fit for Your Feet
Find the best fit shoe for your feet to help you stay active.
Thrive tip: Reframe your self-care habits for the new year
Jessica Gold, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, provides tips for reframing how we look at the new year and ways to help yourself and loved ones cope through healthy well-being practices.
Did You Know: Perks for WashU Employees
Check out the sometimes little-known employee benefits come that can come in handy when you’re on and off campus.
Helpful Tips for Open Enrollment
Helpful tips for employees to navigate 2022 benefits open enrollment.
Resources for a Happy, Healthy Holiday
This season is a time to focus on gratitude, giving, reflection and quality time with friends, colleagues and family. This time can also be difficult to navigate and cause stress. Learn proactive strategies to help you cope with holiday emotions, money issues and health. Tips from Work-Life Solutions Work-Life Solutions, by Guidance Resources, is the […]
A New Reason to Smile
Delta Dental Specializes In Dental Benefits With Added Services
Financial IQ Challenge
Throughout the month of June, WashU staff were invited to go online and test their financial awareness by answering questions on a variety of topics including loans, taxes, investing and retirement. Each day, five new questions were added to the quiz challenge. 10 WashU staff won $25 gift cards for participating and testing their financial […]
Expanded Staff Time-off Benefits
As previously announced, the university expanded its paid time off benefits for benefits-eligible staff to support a healthy work-life balance. A new Short-Term Medical Disability benefit and enhancements to time-off benefits became effective July 1, 2019. View the new Leaves of Absence website hub for details on time off and to learn how to request […]
Move Into Mindfulness
MOVE INTO MINDFULNESS Mind-Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program that trains in mindfulness meditation to teach people how to: Reduce stress and anxiety Increase focus and concentration Manage health problems Live more fully productive lives Wellness Connection enlists Meg Krejci, Wellness Consultant for Mindfulness, to teach FREE ONSITE mindfulness classes for WashU employees. Meg’s […]
America Saves Week
Four great ways to get in the saving habit It’s a lot easier to spend than save, but getting into a saving mindset now could make a big difference later. Start with a plan that works for you and follow it. It might be easier than you think. Try these four tips to help you […]
Know Your Numbers and Earn Rewards
Schedule your annual health screening through Wellness Connection and establish a baseline of important biometric measurements. For optimal wellness, each of us should be armed with as much information about our body as possible. Knowing your A1C level, current blood pressure, cholesterol and other key indicators can empower you to make informed decisions about your […]
Financial Well-Being Tip
Financial Planning for the Sandwich Generation Many people are waiting until later in life to start a family. A new baby can have much bigger financial implications if you’re in your late 30s or 40s. If you’re starting a family at a later age, you’ve got less time before your retirement. The good news is […]
April is National Financial Literacy Month
Because effective money management and retirement saving can be some of the most important aspects of your financial life, Washington University has teamed up with TIAA to offer financial education live webinars. Live webinars make financial education easy Once you register at TIAA.org/webinars, you’ll have access to financial education though live and on-demand webinars designed to […]