Wellness Points must be turned in to HR before the close of day Friday

Wellness Points must be turned in to HR before the close of day Friday, Dec. 6.

If possible, please redeem your gift cards from Cigna by tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 6. Gift cards for wellness can be redeemed by visiting mycigna.com.

Get your free hand sanitizer from the HR Office

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Personal hygiene begins and ends with our hands. And though we’re taught as youngsters to wash our hands before dinner, it’s important to remember that germs don’t care what time of day it is.

Clean hands prevent sickness. It’s especially important to learn the basics about hand hygiene so that you, too, can become a champion hand washer! Let’s examine some “handy” tips and in honor of National Hand-Washing Awareness Week, which takes place each year during the first week of December.

This month, pick up your free hand sanitizer in the Human Resources Office while supplies last!

Required Threat Preparedness Training to be completed Dec. 2-17

Threat Preparedness Training begins Monday, Dec. 2, and is due Tuesday, Dec. 17. Please schedule a few minutes between the two dates to complete the required training available online in Canvas. Employees required to complete the training will be sent an email invitation from the Canvas Learning System.

Compliance trainings enable Brenau to operate safely and efficiently, and to ensure our employees are following laws and regulations. We live and work in an environment where expectations are that learning assignments will be completed and submitted. 100% participation is expected.

Open Enrollment information session Tuesday, Nov 26

In order to better assist our employees, Brenau’s insurance brokers from Turner, Wood and Smith, and Veracity will be on campus for an information session at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 26, in Thurmond McRae. You may attend (or zoom in) and ask any questions you have regarding the new insurance options.

Just a reminder, you must actively enroll in all benefits for 2020. No benefits from 2019 will roll over into the new plan year for 2020.

Join Zoom Meeting: brenau.zoom.us/j/572403964

Meeting ID: 572 403 964

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Open Enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 29

Just a reminder that open enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 29. Please log in to your ADP employee portal at workforcenow.adp.com, and begin the process of enrolling in or waiving benefits. Keep in mind Nov. 29 is during holiday break, so please refer any questions you may have to Human Resources before Tuesday, Nov. 26, to ensure you receive a response prior to the close of open enrollment.

You must actively enroll in all benefits for 2020. No benefits from 2019 will roll over into the new plan year for 2020.

Below are the medical, dental and vision benefit summaries for the new plans, starting January 1:

Chair massage spots available for Nov. 20

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, Nov. 20, on the Gainesville campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

Open Enrollment Meeting agenda for Nov. 12

The Open Enrollment Meeting on Nov. 12 will include a presentation on insurance coverage for 2020 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Brenau Downtown Center. The meeting will also include Wellness Program giveaways and a United Way presentation.

To Zoom the Open Enrollment Meeting, go to brenau.zoom.us/j/297828250

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The Health Expo will follow the meeting from 1:30-3 p.m., and an educational retirement workshop will be held that evening from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Brenau University Business Incubator in the Brenau East location. Topics for the workshop will include how to draw retirement income in a tax-advantaged way, collect Social Security while still working, create a strategy to protect your income and investments, postpone Social Security income, ensure you don’t outlive your money, and minimize the downside of market exposure. Register here: yourretirementtimeline.org/events/little-known-strategies-for-maximizing-your-social-security-benefits-155/.

Get a free recipe book during National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, this year’s focus is on the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM writes in his work Drugs vs. Lifestyle for Preventing Diabetes in 2016, “In just one decade the number of people with diabetes has more than doubled. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2050, one out of every three of us may have diabetes.”

Reducing Diabetes Risk:

  • Exercise 30-50 minutes most days of the week
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce other risk factors such as:
    • smoking
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
    • low HDL
    • obesity
  • Take medication as prescribed

Take charge of your diet and try to eat healthier. Employees who stop by the HR Office in November to pick up a copy of the Recipes for Healthy Eating book will be awarded 1 wellness point. Employees working at our other campuses can also have a free copy mailed to them to earn the point.

Sign up to play kickball Nov. 9

The Wellness Team will be hosting a Kickball Game! The game will take place at Brenau’s Earnest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, and is free for participants.

We need at least 20 people to play to make up two teams. All Brenau, Helix and Aramark employees plus friends and family members are encouraged to participate. Children age 7+ are permitted.

Brenau employees who participate will receive five wellness points. Sign up at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc4Zco1tY0L9doxn3p0363kMwgBFrueAWE45vGjGLrP2ZIVnw/viewform.

Wellness points due to HR by Dec. 6

Any non-Brenau wellness activities such as attending a gym off-campus, participation in a 5K, etc. can count toward your total wellness points. Please submit these to HR before Friday, Dec. 6, in order to be counted toward the 2019 wellness program.