Walktober 2017

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October is ideal for walking- it’s the perfect time to get outside to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells that only happen this time of year.  Walktober is designed to inspire everyone to make walking a priority- in October and beyond.

Healthy Monday Syracuse and the Syracuse University Wellness Initiative are excited to announce the fifth annual Walktober and hope that you will join us for this exciting event.

Program runs October 1-31

In this 31-day journey through the cool, colorful season, your Walktober goal is to accumulate 20 leaf icons (3, 4, or 5 points) by recording at least 30 minutes of walking/rolling and 6000 or more steps each day.

Register today!
Registration is open through October 6

Begin logging your activity on October 1 to fully activate your account. If your account shows no activity by October 6 then unfortunately we cannot guarantee that you will be able to utilize the Walktober website, mobile app or tools.

For complete details, visit the Healthy Monday Walktober page.

For more details and how to log your progress, visit our Walktober website.

 

Retirement Readiness

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No matter what stage of your career you are in, planning for retirement is important. Syracuse University faculty and staff are invited to join the following free lunchtime sessions: one will describe the benefits and services available to retirees, and two, presented by TIAA, will describe the steps you can take to plan for a financially secure future.


Overview of the Syracuse University Retiree Benefits

Considering retirement in the next few years? Wondering where to start, what to plan for? Please join us for an overview of the University’s retiree benefits, presented by Kristen Otter, human resources senior benefits specialist. This session will focus on topics such as the University’s retiree medical and prescription drug plan, when to apply for Medicare, options under COBRA, educational benefits, and other benefits and services available to retirees.

Tuesday, September 12
Noon—1 p.m.
Hall of Languages, Room 500

As of August 22, this session is full. Please email wellness@syr.edu to be added to the wait list. If a spot opens up, the Wellness Team will notify you. Thank you!


Saving for your Ideal Retirement

In the midst of a busy life and career, it’s easy to forget that retirement is closer than you think. Join us for a presentation with TIAA on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to learn about the University’s retirement plans, advantages of participating, and how to update your account with TIAA. After covering these basics, you’ll learn how to create an effective plan to help you pursue your long-term retirement goals.

Presented by: Molly Amos and Joe Silino, TIAA financial consultants
Molly will be facilitating the session and Joe is one of our local dedicated University representatives.

Tuesday, September 19
Noon—1 p.m.
Hall of Languages, Room 500

Register now!

If you require accommodations, please contact the Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or wellness@syr.edu.


Understanding the University’s Retirement Plan Investment Options

What’s the formula for successful investing? You plus knowledge. That may mean learning what you need to know to make your own investment decisions or discovering the tools and resources to help you along the way. Join us for a presentation with TIAA on Monday, Sept. 25 to learn about the investment options within the University’s retirement plan, how they work, how to determine your risk tolerance and the tools and resources available to help you make your decision.

Presented by: Molly Amos and Joe Silino, TIAA financial consultants
Molly will be facilitating the session and Joe is one of our local dedicated University representatives.

Monday, September 25
Noon—1 p.m.
Hall of Languages, Room 500

Register now!

If you require accommodations, please contact the Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or wellness@syr.edu.


Don’t forget! TIAA offers personalized financial planning services to help you reach your retirement goals. TIAA consultants are available to meet one-on-one with you, on campus or at their Syracuse office. You can also receive advice online and by phone. To speak with a TIAA Financial Consultant, or to schedule an on-campus retirement planning session, call 855.842.CUSE (2873), or visit TIAA today. As part of your SU benefits package, this service is available at no cost to you.

Carebridge On Campus Visits

Mary Dougherty-Hunt, a senior vice president at Carebridge, will be on campus September 7 and October 17 to promote awareness and information about the Carebridge benefit offered to all those eligible to participate in the University’s medical plan, including benefits-eligible faculty and staff, graduate assistants and retirees, as well as their dependents.

Mary will host three types of sessions to address several interests:

  • Supervisor Resource Sessions (registration required)
    • An overview of EAP services will be provided
    • Common supervisor questions on issues such as: eligibility; confidentiality; and assisting employees in distress will be addressed
    • Mary will demonstrate how to communicate the benefit to faculty and staff members, with role playing opportunities
    • Register here
  • General Orientation (no registration needed)
    • Learn how this benefit can help you with the everyday challenges of raising children, caring for elders, personal money management and more.
    • Learn also about services that assist with emotional well-being and personal resilience.
    • This benefit is confidential and provided free of cost to eligible members*
  • Meet and Greet (no registration needed)
    • Learn more about the valuable, confidential services provided to eligible members*
    • Casual one-on-one chat about the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)
    • Promotional table will be set up and include education materials to support emotional well-being and work life balance

September 7 Onsite Visit Schedule

SessionTimeLocationRegistration Info
Supervisor Resource Session9:30-10:30 a.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Registration required
General Orientation11-11:45 a.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Open session, walk-ins welcome
Meet and Greet12:15-1 p.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Open session, casual drop-ins
Supervisor Resource Session2:30-3:30 p.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Registration required

October 17 Onsite Visit Schedule

SessionTimeLocationRegistration Info
Supervisor Resource Session9-10 a.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Registration required
General Orientation10:30-11:15 a.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Open session, walk-ins welcome
Meet and GreetNoon-12:45 p.m.South Campus
Goldstein Room 201ABC
Open session, casual drop-ins
Supervisor Resource Session2:30-3:30 p.m.Hall of Languages, Room 500Registration required

 

*Eligible members: all those eligible to participate in the University’s medical plan, including benefits-eligible faculty and staff, graduate assistants and retirees, as well as their dependents.

Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes

It is estimated that over 99% of an individual’s care of diabetes comes from self-management. At a minimum, this typically includes following a healthy meal plan, being physically active or exercising routinely, checking of blood glucose and taking medications as prescribed. By following the steps of self-management, an individual can work to decrease the possible complications of diabetes.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend this three-part series offered by the Joslin Diabetes Center to learn tips, strategies, and recommendations for living well with Type 2 Diabetes.

Each session will be held in Hall of Languages, Room 500 from 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Part 1: What you Should Know to Live Well with Diabetes
Thursday, September 21
Presented by Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, FAADE

The first session in this series will include a brief description of type 2 diabetes and the steps involved in healthy living with diabetes. You will be given information on how to reduce the risk of complications from diabetes. The recommendations for diabetes self-management including the goals for blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels will be provided. Resources will be discussed to help you to live well with diabetes.

Part 2: Healthy Eating and Diabetes
Tuesday, September 26 
Presented by Maureen B. Franklin RDN, CDN

Eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures. This session will help you learn to balance your meals by identifying categories of foods that provide carbohydrates and understanding the relationship between carbohydrates and blood glucose. You will also learn how to use nutrition food labels and carbohydrate counting tools.

Part 3: Get Moving to Help Manage Diabetes
Tuesday, September 28
Presented by Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CDE, FAADE

Regular exercise and being physically active can help lower blood glucose, make your heart stronger, help to lose or maintain weight loss, and help many other important factors for living well with diabetes. This session will cover the recommendations for physical activity with diabetes and strategies for success.

Register now!
If you require accommodations, please contact the Wellness Initiative at 315.443.5472 or wellness@syr.edu.

Presenter Bios

Dr. Karen Kemmis is a physical therapist, Certified Diabetes Educator and adjunct professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University. She has worked as a diabetes educator at Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center for over 20 years. Her main focus is on physical activity/exercise prescription for those with diabetes and osteoporosis. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Maureen Franklin is a Registered Dietitian –Nutritionist who works at Upstate University Hospital Joslin Diabetes Center in Syracuse NY. Maureen is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the New York State & Central NY Dietetics Associations. She is a graduate of Syracuse University. Nutrition Education is her focus and passion and she has been able to pursue this by presenting numerous programs in the community during her career.

Carebridge Wellness and Worklife Webinars

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Our Faculty and Staff Assistance Program provider, Carebridge, presents webinars that focus on a variety of topics pertaining to wellness and worklife balance. Faculty and staff are welcome to join the webinars live for free. For questions or links, feel free to email the Wellness Team.

*Please note: you must be signed in to myliferesource.com to register for the below webinars. If you do not already have an account, you may create one using the University’s access code WY6CE.


Stress less webinar offerings for fall 2017

Photo: woman meditatingCultivating Mindfulness
Tuesday, November 14
Noon-1 p.m.

Mindfulness is a way of being fully conscious and completely present in the moment — setting aside your worries, expectations, emotions and other thoughts that take your mind away from the current moment. Be introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation and learn insights into the art, science and practice of mindfulness. The daily practice of mindfulness meditation has been linked to physical and emotional well-being.

Register now!

 

Photo: People's feet in holiday socks by the fireStress Management for the Holidays
Friday, December 8
Noon-1 p.m.

No matter what holiday you celebrate, December does not have to mean stress. Wouldn’t it be great to find yourself rested and refreshed at the turn of the New Year? Unfortunately, for many of us, things like overspending, multiple obligations, and managing family expectations can create a lot of stress around the holidays. Join us for this webinar to learn practical tips about how to simply prioritize and plan ahead to help manage holiday stress.

Register now!

Variety of worklife webinar offerings for fall 2017

Involvement and Engagement: Learn how small acts of kindness and a state of flow can change your life
Tuesday, September 19
Noon-1 p.m.

Do you ever ask yourself, “What can I DO today to change my life for the better?” Thankfully, research supports that there is something we can do about it, and it’s actually quite easy. In this session, we will explore two actionable concepts that you will enjoy adding to your daily/weekly routine and that will help you live a happier, positive, purposeful life!

Register now!

 

Surviving and Enjoying the Six Stages of Parenthood
Tuesday, October 17
3-4 p.m.

In this session we will examine, not child, but parental development from the prenatal phase through the empty nest, or departure phase, combining the human development theories of Freud and Erikson with concrete, contemporary insights from the book, “The Six Stages of Parenting”.

Register now!

 

Elder Law Basics
Tuesday, November 21
Noon-1 p.m.

Estate and long-term care planning are imperative to ensure a smooth transition into the later part of your life. We will discuss what Elder Law encompasses and how an Elder Law attorney can help you as you age. The discussion will focus on estate documents such as powers of attorney, healthcare directives, living wills, wills and trusts and we will discuss long-term care planning including the different programs and planning available to help with the costs of long-term care and protecting your assets for your loved ones. Join us and take an active role in planning your future.

Register now!

 

Emotional Composure – Remaining Unruffled & Dynamic Under Stress
Tuesday, December 19
3-4 p.m.

Emotions are a healthy part of the human experience. Acknowledging emotions and understanding your personal stress style is the first step in beginning to control them. In this session, we will discuss a selection of customary stressors as well as techniques for exercising control over them.

Register now!