New SMU health program pays incentives for wellness, prevention

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New SMU health program pays incentives for wellness, prevention

Benefits U logoIn an effort to improve the health of SMU’s faculty and staff, while helping to control rising medical costs, the University is offering a voluntary health and wellness program with a $300 cash incentive for those who successfully complete the program.

Healthy Outcomes, a voluntary pilot program, is designed to reward healthy behavior and to acknowledge the crucial role of prevention in reducing the cost of health care, says Jeff Strese, executive director of SMU Human Resources. “We want to encourage employees to be aware of their health status and to take action, if needed.”

The program is a response to significant portions of the Affordable Care Act that go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The healthcare reform law encourages better outcomes and lower costs by permitting employers to offer incentives to employees who take steps to become more aware of their health issues and reduce their known risk factors.

A key component of the program is a baseline check-up designed to identify specific health risks and help participants take steps to maintain good health or improve risk factors.

Catapult Health logoSMU has contracted with Catapult Health to administer the check-ups on campus. The 45-minute Baseline Check-up will measure blood pressure, height, weight, and waist circumference. The Check-up includes a finger-prick blood screening which will identify any risk factors associated with HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose. You will also have a private consultation with a nurse practitioner to help you establish your health goals.

The Check-up meets the screening requirements for those participating in Wellpower and for those who wish to participate in the 2014 Deductible Discount Program.

The Healthy Outcomes Program is open to all SMU faculty and staff members enrolled in a SMU medical plan on January 1, 2014.

There are three steps to completing the pilot successfully and earning a $300 Healthy Outcomes Achievement Award:

  1. Complete a Baseline Check-up before Friday, Nov. 25, 2013 using Catapult Health or your primary care physician. During the Baseline Check-up, you will complete a Commitment Form to officially join the program.
  2. After your Baseline Check-up, your Achievement Period begins. You will have until Thursday, May 15, 2014 to meet your health goals based on your screening results:
    1. If you have no risk factors, your goal will be to maintain your good health by keeping your lab values in the normal range.
    2. If you have one or more risk factors, your goal will be to improve your lab values for each risk factor identified.
    3. Catapult will provide information about SMU’s wellness resources that may help you achieve your goals, or you may select a program of your choice and/or work directly with your primary care physician.
    4. If you are pregnant, you may download and complete a maternity waiver form found on the appointment scheduler website.
    5. If you have a medical condition that would impede your ability to meet the program goals, Catapult and your physician can work with you to develop an alternative program. Email Catapult to request a medical condition form to be completed by your physician.
  3. Complete the Results Check-up before Thursday, May 15, 2014 using Catapult Health or your primary care physician. The Results Check-up will include another finger-prick blood screening that will determine if you met your health goals during the Achievement Period.

Check-up results and information are protected by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). SMU will not have access to your individually identifiable health information.

SMU will receive a list of names along with the Check-up date in order to properly credit participants with completing a screening for Wellpower and the 2014 Deductible Discount. If you volunteer to participate in the Healthy Outcomes program, your name will be released to SMU only if you qualify for the $300 cash incentive. SMU will not know if you volunteered for the program, but did not complete it successfully.

The on-campus Baseline Check-ups will begin Tuesday, Oct. 29 and continue through Friday, Nov. 15 on the main campus. The SMU-in-Plano campus will host the final day of Check-ups on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Make an appointment online at www.timeconfirm.com/smu or by calling (214) 269-1513 and following the automated instructions. The online and phone schedulers are both available 24/7.

The Check-up is open to all benefit-eligible staff and faculty. Spouses and family members are not eligible to participate at this time.

Additional information about how to use results from your own physician, screening/check-up locations, directions to schedule your appointment and more may be found on the SMU HR website.

Watch your mailbox for more information from SMU Human Resources.

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October 8, 2013|News|

Running teams wanted: 2013 SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge

SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge logoInterested in participating in the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, but shrink from the thought of running all 26.2 miles? SMU’s Cox School of Business invites all University faculty and staff members to join forces and conquer one of Dallas’ landmark events.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, the SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge brings corporate teams of five to tackle the world-renowned Dallas Marathon course in stints of approximately five miles each.

The Cox School is in its 8th year as a sponsor of the event and hosts an awards gala for the winning teams each January.

Relay teams compete in a variety of categories, including fastest team and youngest and oldest average team age. Presenting sponsor Behringer Harvard awards a total of $30,000 in the names of winning teams’ companies to the marathon’s beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

“I hope SMU faculty and staff will consider entering a team in the SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge,” says Kevin Knox, assistant dean of external relations at SMU Cox. “It’s a great way to experience a truly inspiring community-building event while supporting the worthy cause of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and its patients.”

SMU faculty and staff members who participate in the Wellpower program can set up a personal challenge for running the Cox Corporate Relay Challenge. Contact SMU’s Baylor Health Coach Paige Shouse before beginning the challenge – she will make sure it meets the general criteria and help you set goals, measurement and tracking.

> More information on SMU Wellness Personal Challenges

All Corporate Relay teams will be invited to an awards reception to be held at the University’s Collins Executive Education Center in the weeks after the race.

Each five-person Corporate Relay Challenge entry costs $275 through Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 and $300 from Tuesday, Oct. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 1. The Challenge is a popular event and usually sells out by November, says Kasi Zieminski, associate marketing director for the Cox School.

For more information, visit dallasmarathon.com. SMU team captains can contact Kasi Zieminski before registering to receive a $5 team discount.

September 25, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Health coaching available at SMU beginning Sept. 18, 2013

Paige Shouse, Baylor Health Coach

Baylor Health Coach Paige Shouse returns as SMU’s on-campus wellness coach during the 2013-14 academic year.

Baylor Health Coach Paige Shouse will return to SMU to provide on-campus wellness coaching during the 2013-14 academic year. She will available for consultation on most Wednesdays beginning Sept. 18, 2013.

A 5-year veteran of corporate wellness programs, Shouse served as SMU’s on-campus health coach in 2012-13. She helps Wellpower participants set and achieve wellness goals through one-on-one counseling in person, by phone and via e-mail. She also hosts seminars and webinars on wellness topics throughout the year.

> Learn more about Wellpower at livehealthysmu.org

Shouse holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition and certification as a Health/Fitness Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition, she holds certification as a Wellness Program Coordinator through the National Wellness Institute.

To set up a consultation with Shouse, e-mail wellpower@smu.edu.

> Read more from the SMU Human Resources blog

August 26, 2013|News|

Food, fitness & fun the focus of SMU Farmers Market April 28-29, 2011

Stock photo of tomatoes on the vineThe University community is invited to take a fresh perspective on cooking, eating and living well at the Spring 2011 SMU Farmers Market. The events take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 28, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.

Shoppers can expect to find fresh items including blueberries, plums, mangos, nectarines, seedless watermelons, avocados, bell peppers, tomatillos and snow peas. Organic offerings will include apples, carrots, grape tomatoes, spring salad mix and Texas-grown shiitake mushrooms. Herbs like cilantro and mint, as well as more exotic items such as blood oranges and starfruit, also will be available.

Produce is priced by the pound. Cash, credit and Pony Cash will be accepted. Bags will be available; shoppers are encouraged to go green and bring their own reusable bags.

In addition, SMU experts will share tips for eating well, living healthy and being eco-friendly throughout the market:

  • Fancy feasting: SMU Dining Services Executive Chef Tim Schaub will demonstrate the art of garde manger – making memorable garnishes such as tomato roses and apple swans. He’ll also have recipes for delicious dishes featuring Farmers Market produce, some of which appear on the menu at RFoC @ Lee.
  • Soul food: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday and 12:45-1:30 p.m. Friday, meet at the Farmers Market. McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism Elaine Heath, Perkins School of Theology, will conduct walking tours of the SMU Community Garden, which benefits the North Texas Food Bank. Information about how to become involved with the project also will be offered.
  • Good dirt: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Hughes-Trigg Forum. Ann Allen and Cathy Coates of SMU Facilities Management & Sustainability will share tips for growing vegetables in containers.
  • Sage advice: SMU Dietitian Claire Florsheim will share nutrition information and tips.
  • Healthy living: Get the latest on Dedman Center exercise programs.
  • Going green: Learn about sustainability at SMU.

The SMU Farmers Market and programs are open to the public. They are presented by SMU Wellpower and SMU Dining Services.

Written by Pat Ward

> Find more information at the SMU Farmers Market webpage
> Get updates at the SMU Farmers Market blog

April 26, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|

UPDATE: 2010 President’s Picnic is May 20

Update: Due to the likelihood of rain on May 20, 2010, the Staff Association has moved the President’s Picnic to RFoC in Umphrey Lee Center. Picnic food will be served 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Tug of War and Water Balloon Toss have been canceled, but the Spirit competition and Mummy Wrap contest will proceed as normal. For more information, visit smu.edu/staff_association/picnic.

2010 President's Picnic logoThe Staff Association is calling all SMU staff members to a Wild West chuck wagon for the 2010 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The traditional post-Commencement celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 20 on the south lawn of Clements Hall.

Staff members can earn 1 Wellpower Spirit credit for attending the picnic. RSVP online to register your department’s team for a competition and find a list of this year’s games.

Pick-up volleyball, horseshoes and frisbee golf will be played throughout the picnic. No team registration is required.

For more information, visit the Staff Association homepage.

> Sign up for the Spirit competition
> Register your Mummy Wrap team online
> Visit the Staff Association online

May 19, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|
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