Health Coaching Available on Campus Beginning September 18, 2013

Paige Shouse, Baylor Health Coach for SMUPaige Shouse, Baylor Health Coach, will provide on-campus health coaching services most Wednesdays starting September 18, 2013.

Paige has worked in corporate wellness for 5 years, and served as our on-campus health coach last year.  She helps Wellpower participants achieve their wellness goals by providing coaching and support in-person, by phone, or by email. She also approves all personal challenges in Wellpower and can help you create a personal challenge during the next reward period. You’ll also find Paige facilitating lunchtime seminars or webinars on a variety of wellness topics during the year. Paige will be primarily located in suite 200 of Expressway Tower, but will often make appointments to meet on main campus or consult over the phone as well.

Paige’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in Food & Nutrition as well as certification as a Health/Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine, and a certification as a Wellness Program Coordinator through the National Wellness Institute. She has become well acquainted with our campus and many of our participants this past year and is looking forward to helping establish a true culture of wellness at SMU by helping people take advantage of all the resources SMU has to offer in the area of wellness and healthcare.

According to Paige, “Health is something that we all can take for granted.  I believe that one reason so many people suffer from preventable health conditions (cancer, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.) is that we don’t feel the need to take care of our own health until a problem arises.  Whether we notice it or not, all of us are quietly aging, and we know that as we age, disease becomes more and more prevalent.  Preventive health and wellness works to combat that issue by teaching us how to take care of ourselves well enough NOW to prevent health problems from developing.  To me, that is what true wellness is….appreciating your health and your body enough to take care of it before it ‘needs’ you to act.”

To set up an appointment with Paige or to discuss a personal challenge, email and ask to be put in contact with her.  Paige will reach out to you via email to arrange for consultation.

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Welcome to Our New Employees

The following employees attended SMU & YOU, an element of the Total Orientation Process at SMU.  During this workshop, they learned about the culture, mission, and values of the University community.



From left to right:
Front Row:  Rebecca Lang, Annie Bures, Jerry Staples, Breanna Webb, Erica Zamora, Natalie Pyrz, Timmie Hathorn, Rosa Reifsnyder
Back Row:    Vinay Ramachandra, Aayush Chandra , Nick Rallo, Scott Rice, Chelsi McLain, Tobie Smith, Christie Raines, Liz Rader , Alicia Love, Lisa Joyner






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Looking for Summer Wellness Opportunities? “5 Months to 5 Miles” Kicks Off Training for SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge

The Texas summer might not be the ideal season to run a marathon, but it’s the perfect time to start training. The Cooper Aerobics Center has created a “5 Months to 5 Miles” training program for the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon that can help aspiring and experienced runners get in shape and ready for race day. It’s a progressive, month-by-month regimen flexible enough to accommodate our busy schedules. The plan runs from July to December, but you can start at any time and reap the benefits.

marathonInterested in running a marathon…but not 26.2 miles? Team up with four SMU colleagues and register for the SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge presented by Behringer Harvard. Winning relay teams in a variety of categories share $30,000 in prize money, which Behringer Harvard gives directly to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children on behalf of the teams. Hint: you don’t have to run fast to win!

This year’s race is on December 8, and corporate relay teams are recognized at a reception here at the Cox School in January. For more information or to register, go to

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Meet Our Newest Employees Who Recently Attended SMU & YOU

The following employees attended SMU & YOU, an element of the Total Orientation Process at SMU.  During this workshop, they learned about the culture, mission, and values of the University community.


From left to right:
Ashanty Weaver, Heather Hoskinson, Diane Melcher, Rebecca Sabin, Mary Hollerich, Hal Mumme,  Lacey Porter, Wendy, Kenner, Recia Schuil

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Join Us at the Heart Walk September 7, 2013

sneakersImagine the impact if we reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by 2020! Wellpower is joining the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk to promote physical activity to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We invite you to kick off the fall semester in a healthy way by joining Wellpower at this walk. Show your support for heart health at SMU!

Event information: The walk is a 3-mile, non-competitive walk. We will meet at Victory Plaza, walk through downtown Dallas, and end at Victory Park. Wear good walking shoes, dress comfortably, and bring a bottle of water. Wear your most recent Wellpower tshirt. We have a few tshirts left, so if you don’t have one, first sign up for the team using the link below and then email us at with your size preference. T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is no charge to participate in the Heart Walk. Donations to the Heart Association are welcome, but are not required to be a member of the SMU team. The Wellpower program for the fall is being developed now! We will give some type of credit in the new program for participating in the Heart Walk. Stay tuned for details.

Heart Walk Schedule:
Victory Plaza/American Airlines Center (2500 Victory Avenue)

8:00 am – Meet at Picture Stage for a quick team photo
8:30 am – Opening Ceremonies
9:00 am – Walk begins!

Sign up now!

Additional event information may be found on the Dallas Heart Walk website.

Questions about this event? Email us at AHA_LOGO_TEMP1

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UT Southwestern Mobile Mammography Unit on Campus June 10

When: June 10, 2013 Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: East Campus All University Parking Lot (Just east of Expressway Tower)

Pre-register by calling 214-645-2560 or Toll Free 1-866-277-0710


Pink RibbonAs a benefit to employees covered by the SMU Health and Wellness medical plan administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), SMU will cover all routine annual mammogram charges for women age 40 and above. Have your insurance information available when you call. BCBSTX will process the claim and SMU will pay it at 100%. If you participate in insurance plans outside of SMU, please inquire about other billing arrangements when you pre-register.

You may use this benefit with your own physician or medical provider in the community, so if you prefer to make an appointment elsewhere, please do!


  • The mobile unit is designed for routine preventive screening only. If you have any known breast problems, please consult your physician.
  • Screening is recommended for women age 40 and older. Check out the BCBSTX preventive care guidelines for more information.
  • Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover the cost of screening once a year.

If it has been a year or more since your last mammogram, please call to schedule your appointment.


  • Personal information (age, date of birth, Social Security number, etc.)
  • Insurance information; if you are covered by your spouse’s plan, they will also need your spouse’s name, date of birth, and social security number
  • Doctor’s name, address, phone number – if you want a report sent to your doctor
  • Emergency contact name and phone number
  • When and where you had your last mammogram
  • Please let them know if you have had breast augmentation

Please bring your ID and your insurance card to your appointment.

214-645-2560 or toll free 866-277-0710.

Mobile Mammography Additional Information

Email with any questions.

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Gesundheit! Getting Allergy Relief When Spring Is in the Air

In late spring, pollen from trees is often the culprit in outdoor allergies. When pollen levels are high, try to stay inside with the windows closed. Pollen counts are highest early in the morning on warm, dry, windy days. Chilly, wet days tend to be easier on allergy sufferers.

Showering before bedtime can help to wash pollen off your hair and skin.

Choosing an Over-the-Counter Medicine
The best medicines will depend on your symptoms and other factors: Antihistamines, which are available over the counter (OTC) and by prescription, can relieve runny noses and itchy eyes, but they don’t help congestion. To avoid drowsiness, choose a non-sedating variety.

womansneezing1smallPrescription nasal steroid sprays can relieve congestion and most other allergy symptoms. Start using before allergy season sets in to prevent symptoms.

Decongestants are available as OTC pills, nose sprays and nose drops. They can help relieve congestion. However, they may raise blood pressure, cause anxiety and sleeplessness in some individuals. In addition, using the nose sprays or drops for more than three days can backfire causing more congestion when you stop using them.

Could Allergy Shots Help?
Allergy shots can help people who don’t get relief from allergy medicines. Ask your doctor if you might benefit from shots.

Are Asthma and Allergies Related?
Many people who have asthma also have allergies. Some people with asthma, when they are exposed to certain triggers, have allergic reactions that can make their asthma worse. Common triggers include animal dander, dust and pollen. Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled, if you try reducing contact with your known allergy triggers. Sometimes allergy medicine is prescribed for people with asthma who have allergies.

Ask your doctor for guidance on managing allergies and asthma and for advice on the medications that are right for you and your symptoms. Visit the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas website for more asthma resources.

Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for the useful information.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Management; Discovery Health

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Communication Update from Magellan, SMU’s EAP Program Manager


May 21, 2013

Follow up – Moore, OK tornado disaster
As Magellan has learned more information and details about the tornado that hit Moore, OK additional tools, resources, and material have been made available to their clients.

Magellan issued a press release earlier today – stating their commitment to Moore, OK and the surrounding communities by opening up a 24 hour hotline to help people cope and deal with this tragedy (see the SMU blog post).  This hotline is available to members and non-members. The toll-free telephone number is 1-800- 327-7451.  Magellan will also be posting the 24 hour hotline number on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Magellan has posted a toolkit of materials on their corporate website.  The tool kit is available at:

Materials and tip sheets will also be posted on the Magellan member website by Thursday May 23rd.  Material will be posted on the “In the news” section of the member website at\member.

Read more about the SMU Employee Assistance Program including the benefits available to SMU employees and Magellan contact information.

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SMU’s EAP Program Announces Resources for Employees Coping with Natural Disasters


Counselors available to help individuals cope with natural disaster-

- Natural disaster toolkit available on website –

 AVON, Conn. – May 21, 2013 – Magellan Health Services Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN) today announced that in response to the Moore, Oklahoma tornado, it has set up a 24-hour toll-free hotline to help individuals process feelings of grief, sorrow and depression following the storm, regardless of whether or not they are Magellan customers.  The site can also provide information with regard to shelters and available sources for food and water.  Additionally, the company has posted a toolkit of materials on its website.  These materials are available at The hotline is staffed by behavioral health professionals to offer counseling services to help people deal with the feelings of fear, sadness, anger and hopelessness that can occur following natural disasters.  The number is 1-800-327-7451.

“The massive tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma was historic in its scale and devastation, and it’s important at this time of need that all of us step up to help those impacted,” said Barry M. Smith, Magellan’s CEO.  “As a national leader in behavioral health, we want to make certain that people have access to information that can help and professionals who can counsel them.  We have trained professionals standing by to counsel anyone who was directly, or indirectly, affected by this natural disaster and needs help coping.”

About Magellan Health Services

Headquartered in Avon, Conn., Magellan Health Services Inc. is a leading specialty health care management organization with expertise in managing behavioral health, radiology and specialty pharmaceuticals, as well as pharmacy benefits programs.  Magellan delivers innovative solutions to improve quality outcomes and optimize the cost of care for those we serve.  As of March 31, 2013, Magellan’s customers include health plans, employers and government agencies, serving approximately 33.9 million members in our behavioral health business, 17.1 million members in our radiology benefits management segment, and 7.4 million members in our medical pharmacy management product.  In addition, the pharmacy solutions segment served 41 health plans and employers, 24 states and the District of Columbia, and several pharmaceutical manufacturers.  For more information, visit



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Welcome to Our New Employees Who Recently Attended SMU & YOU

The following employees attended SMU & YOU, an element of the Total Orientation Process at SMU.  During this workshop, they learned about the culture, mission, and values of the University community.


Back Row Left to Right: Carlos Barocio Leon, Jolene de Verges, Denise Gauthier, Geoffrey Brown, Greg Needel, Alex Aldaz

Front Row: Lela Abraham, Emily Grund, Alexandra Luzarraga, Nicole Brewster, Iris Briscoe

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