Published on February 7th, 2020 | by University Communications0
A Wealth of Wellness, February 2020
The Benefits Department presents “A Wealth of Wellness” for the month of February.
Featured Webinar: “How small changes can lead to big results,” from 3 to 4 p.m. ET (noon to 1 p.m. PT), Thursday, February 27. Register >>
Monthly Awareness: February is Heart Health Awareness Month. Learn more about a heart-healthy lifestyle >>
Well-being Screening: Take and emotional well-being screening: Take the screening >>
February Wellness Events:
Have you earned Rally dollars though your ICUBA Rally account this benefit plan year (April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020)? These dollars expire on March 31, so be sure to cash them in! Rally events attended in February should show credited on your Rally portal in March.
Events and webinars listed below are worth $10 in Rally “onsite event” credit, unless otherwise noted. Please note: One Rally incentive per person per event. Attending two sessions of the same event will not result in double Rally rewards.
These are the last Rally-eligible events of the 2019-2020 plan year!
- Complete your Annual Retirement Account Review with financial advisor Dan Stamey. Rally points are available for meetings held from September 1, 2019, to February 28, 2020 (Rally credit for one meeting per employee). Schedule a meeting at University Campus >> or call Dan Stamey directly at (813) 269-3362 to set up an appointment.
- Rally-eligible webinars:
Benefits Open Enrollment 2020-2021
Reminder! Open Enrollment for the new benefits plan year begins Monday, February 10, and ends at 5 p.m. ET, Friday, February 21.
Keep in mind, you can change any benefit elections during this time; however, the benefit changes will not take place until 4/1/20.
Need more info? Click here to learn more about Open Enrollment meetings and benefit offerings.
1095-C Forms Now Available
Form 1095-C provides information about the health coverage offered by your employer for the 2019 year. During every enrollment period, employees are asked how they would like to receive their 1095c via their ICUBA benefits portal. Employees who opted for mailing will receive hard copies of the form by mail, rather than an electronic version. Employees who opted to receive the electronic form must log into ICUBAbenefits.org to download a copy. Don’t forget, Total Compensation Statements also are available via the ICUBA portal. Learn more in Community News >>
403(b) Increase Campaign Raffle Winners
Last fall, the Benefits Department launched a 403(b) retirement plan increase campaign in partnership with AIG Retirement. All full- and part-time employees enrolled in the 403b plan who actively increased their contribution between September 1 and December 31, 2019, were automatically entered into a drawing for a certificate for a cruise! Two participants were drawn at random.
Congratulations to winners Mark Morgan, associate director, Langley Education Center, and Dr. Daniel Dubois, assistant professor, University Campus.
It’s great to be a Lion!
Aetna Quick Tips: Co-worker Relationships
Working with people every day can be a challenge. Sometimes it seems as though Americans spend more time at work with their co-workers than they do outside of work with their family and friends. Due to the fact that so much time is spent with co-workers, it is important to maintain healthy and positive co-worker relationships.
Aetna’s Resources for Living offers some suggestions about how to resolve situations that may develop with your co-workers at some point in your career.
- Clear communication with co-workers is very important. Be sure to use “I-messages” when speaking with co-workers. An “I-message” reveals feelings without making demands and encourages the other person to respond in a respectful and responsible manner.
- Be a good listener. Avoid interrupting when someone is talking to you. Restate what your co-worker says to you in your own words, so that he/she knows that you are paying attention to him/her.
- Show courtesy to others and be willing to forgive human faults. No co-worker will be perfect, so allow them to be human.
- Praise co-workers for a job well done. Talk sincerely from the heart, and practice being open and honest. Being sincere with co-workers will foster good team spirit and harmony in the work place.
- Be cautious about workplace gossip. It is best not to get caught up in office rumors.
- Celebrate diversity in the workplace. Take pride in your own uniqueness, and welcome others as individuals with special qualities. Prejudice and stereotypes keep us from knowing individuals and make others feel rejected and resentful.
- Maintain a positive attitude at work. Co-workers will see that you have a positive attitude when they observe you smiling, speaking with a friendly tone of voice, and behaving in a careful and respectful manner.
For more tips, log into www.resourcesforliving.com and enter username “ICUBA” and password “8773985816”.
Maintaining Our Health and Well-being: Coronavirus Information
The following information was taken from an earlier email from University President Jeff Senese. Please take a moment to review this short article about the Novel Coronavirus to help protect the health and well-being of our university community.
As has been reported, the coronavirus, a respiratory illness, was first detected in Wuhan City, located in the Hubei Province of China, and has since spread beyond the province’s borders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases has indicated that “the risk to the American public is low,” and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shared this weekend that there are no known cases of the virus in Florida.
In an abundance of caution, the university’s senior leadership is judiciously following updates and recommendations from the scientific and medical communities, especially relating to news that is pertinent to our area. As there has been widespread misinformation on social media relating to the virus, we encourage you to do the same. Here are the links to organizations that we continue to monitor:
- Word Health Organization: https://www.who.int/ith/en/
- S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
- S. Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.hhs.gov/
- Pasco County Health Department: http://pasco.floridahealth.gov/
- Florida Department of Health: http://www.floridahealth.gov/
Helpful information about the coronavirus
What is a coronavirus?
The Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV is part of a family of viruses called “coronavirus.” There are other viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. These viruses can cause either mild illness, like a cold, or can make people sick with pneumonia. This particular coronavirus has not been seen previously in humans.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. According to the CDC, symptoms typically appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Typically, cases would manifest within three to five days of exposure, so we are now outside of the standard incubation range since the end of our winter break and the resumption of classes.
How is it transmitted?
Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully monitor its spread. The current thinking is that it can be spread person-to-person; although, it is unclear how easily transmission can occur. In the case of other relevant viruses, they are spread via close contact and via droplets relating to sneezing and coughing.
Prevention health tips
During this cold and flu season, it is a good idea to practice these basic, but effective prevention tips, which will also help to prevent against the coronavirus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
In the unlikely event that you do experience any of the symptoms of this virus (and/or have been traveling to potentially affected areas within the past 14 days), please see your physician or go to an urgent care provider for evaluation. In addition, you can protect others by taking the following common-sense “flu season” steps:
- Stay home while sick.
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use alcohol-based sanitizer).
For more wellness information, contact Resources for Living
Keep in mind, you have generous resources for behavioral, mental, physical, and daily living health through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This is a free benefit provided to you by Saint Leo University through Aetna’s Resources for Living. To access EAP services, call (877) 398-5816 and select Option 1 for EAP or visit www.resourcesforliving.com and enter username “ICUBA” and password “8773985816”. For questions, please contact email@example.com.