UT Select fitness program new member special for June
UT Select members can join the fitness program in June and pay no enrollment fee. The fitness program offers flexible options and access to a nationwide network of fitness locations plus online enrollment and tracking, automatic monthly payment withdrawal, mobile app with check-in and activity history and more. Go to bcbstx.com/ut then log in and search for the fitness program under Healthy Living. Enter JUNESTART during enrollment to join for free before June 30. If you have questions or prefer to enroll over the phone, contact a health advocate at (903) 882-2034.
Active Living After Cancer workshop series – Register by Friday, June 18
UTHSCT Lifestyle Change Programs is excited to announce “Active Living After Cancer,” a new program in addition to their Hypertension and Diabetes Prevention-Prevent T2 workshops. This 12-week, free workshop series is designed to help cancer survivors and their caregivers who are not currently receiving treatment to make healthy choices, get active and ultimately feel better. Participants will meet weekly using Microsoft Teams to discuss important topics and engage in physical activity. If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would like to learn more about reducing the risk of cancer recurrence, reducing fatigue, managing stress or improving strength, please call (903) 877-1436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. No physician referrals are needed. Workshops have begun. The last day to register is Friday, June 18.
Annual compliance training due Wednesday, June 30
The University of Texas System compliance policy and directives state that employees of all UT institutions are responsible for compliance
with appropriate laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Compliance activity is closely monitored by each institution and periodically
reported to UT System. To ensure that employees are aware of and trained on the compliance requirements, annual training is
provided. In accordance with UT System, state regulations and The Joint Commission, compliance training is a requirement of all UT
Health Science Center at Tyler employees. Annual compliance training modules are required for every employee within 30 days of their
start date and annually thereafter. These modules have been updated and assigned to all employees in NetLearning (accessible through Performance Manager). To access the annual training modules, please go to https://www.healthcaresource.com/performance/uthsct and click on Learning Assignments. In conjunction with annual compliance training, tuberculosis (TB) surveillance is also due. Please ensure you complete the TB screening form. The link for the form can be found within the 2021 ACT Occupational Health module. Managers: Please ensure your staff is aware of these training requirements and ensure timely completion for your area. Managers may view the status of their employees’ training completions by selecting the “Employees” tab at the top of the screen, then select “Employee List” from the drop-down menu, then select “Vitals” per employee. Another option for monitoring progress is available by using the NetLearning reports feature. Instructions for running reports for your employees can be found at: http://bit.ly/UTHSCTNetLearningManagerReports. Managers will also receive weekly email reports listing their employees and their incomplete modules. The deadline for completion is June 30, 2021. Should you have any questions or problems accessing the material, please email email@example.com.
Annual enrollment July 15-31
Just a reminder that UTHSCT annual enrollment will be held July 15-31 and changes made during this time will be effective September 1, 2021. We are very excited to announce there will be no rate increase for benefit premiums and no changes to out-of-pocket costs such as copayments, deductibles and coinsurance for FY22!
PeopleSoft Financials upgrade July 28 through August 1
PeopleSoft Financials is being upgraded and there will be associated downtime for all PeopleSoft Financial modules from Wednesday, July 28 through Sunday, August 1. All purchasing, reconciliations, travel, accounts payable, etc. will be impacted by this scheduled downtime. Please be proactive in any functions you would normally perform for end of month. PeopleSoft Financials will be available again on Monday, August 2. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
$100 gift card giveaway
UTHSCT employees are eligible to be entered into a drawing to win one of 10 (yes, 10!) $100 gift cards by completing an online smoking cessation training course by July 31, 2021. This training qualifies as CME for medical providers. To be eligible for the drawing, you must also complete a follow-up survey that will be emailed to you three months following the completion of your smoking cessation training course by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Both the online training course and the follow-up survey must be completed by November 15, 2021. You can access the online training course here: https://study.mdanderson.org/courses/49. The gift card drawing will be held Thursday, November 18, 2021. For more information or questions, please contact the TNET Nicotine Tobacco Cessation Program Coordinator Tonny Williams at (903) 877-1477.
Booking rooms on campus
If you are in need of a refresher course on how to book a room on the health science center campus, visit this link: https://uthsct.sharepoint.com/sites/ITips/SitePages/How-to-use-Teem-to-schedule-Class,-Conference-and-Meeting-Rooms.aspx.
Dealing with your emotions on the job
Trying to maintain daily activities with so many unknowns in our world may seem difficult or overwhelming when trying to imagine what the “new normal” will look like. Regardless of whether you worked on campus through the pandemic or worked at home and have now returned to work at a UT campus, emotional reactions to the adjustments may occur. Some tips to help when you feel overwhelmed are:
• Ground Yourself – Soothe quickly by doing something like grabbing a stress ball, going for a walk outside and breathing in fresh air, walking a flight of stairs or taking your shoes off and standing in the grass/dirt/sand. Do breathing exercises such as inhale/hold/exhale/hold to the count of four and repeat as many times as you like.
• “Sense Exercise” – Identify the following: Five things you can see, four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste.
• Mindfulness Exercise – Look around and identify 10 things in your vision, then nine items, then eight items and so on. Hopefully by the time you reach zero you will be calmer.
• Go for “In the Moment Support” – Call UTEAP (UT Employee Assistance Program) at (800) 346-3549 to speak with a licensed clinician 24/7. UTEAP is available, ready and willing to help during this time of transition.
All of Us Research Program looking for participants
Healthcare is often one-size-fits-all. But imagine a future where your health treatments are tailored to you. This is called precision medicine and is the basis for the All of Us Research Program. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and UT Health North Campus Tyler are partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the All of Us Research Program to help make that future possible. The mission of All of Us is simple: to speed up medical research. To do this, we are asking participants, specifically our patients, in East Texas to be part of one million people or more to share their unique health data with NIH-approved researchers to be used to conduct studies on health and disease. The data collected will contribute to research that may improve health for generations to come. To learn more and to enroll, please visit JoinAllofUs.org/UTHCT and click on the “Join Now” button. For additional information, contact Carlton Allen at (903) 877-1427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Diabetes, Your Heart workshops
UTHSCT Lifestyle Change Programs now offers Your Diabetes, Your Heart. This program includes is a single session virtual or in-person course that takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Participants will learn about diabetes and heart health to lower risks, helpful resources to live healthy with diabetes and will be able to connect with peers for encouragement. If you or someone you know has been affected by Type 1, Type 2, gestational or prediabetes and would like to learn more about diabetes, please call (903) 877-1436, email email@example.com or register online at: https://www.uthct.edu/lifestyle-change-programs-2/. No physician referrals are needed.
BlueCross BlueShield introduces BurnAlong, an online fitness program
There’s no place like home. BlueCross BlueShield is offering UT Select members (age 16 and older) the opportunity to participate in an
online fitness program to stay active while staying at home. The program is provided by BurnAlong, a digital-only option, that is now
available for members who prefer to work out at home. This new program offers full access to thousands of digital fitness videos or live
classes that are available in dozens of categories led by wellness professionals. Digital classes include cardio, boot camps, Barre, yoga and
more. And the digital classes are available for just $10 per month. Other options are available for an additional fee. UT Select participants
can access this new option by going to www.bcbstx.com/ut, hitting “Log In” in the upper right side to log in to Blue Access for members
and under “Quick Links,” choose “Fitness Program.” You’ll get access to BurnAlong directly through the website or mobile app. Plus, your
account will remain active as long as your BCBSTX tiered fitness program membership is active. You can join the fitness program for a
membership fee and choose from different options that vary by price – now including the digital-only option. If you prefer to join a gym,
check out the gym locations available near your home, your work or anywhere in the U.S.
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