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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Learn more about early detection, symptoms, risk factors, and healthy habits in the BalanceWorks October Newsletter

"When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others."
                                                                             ~ Dalai Lama

Each November, the "Thank You for Making a Difference" peer-to-peer appreciation program offers employees the opportunity to send "thank-you" notes to colleagues across campus.

This year, we are happy to announce the coupon redemption period will be extended through mid-December!  As before, each thank you package will contain a $7.00 coupon redeemable at the Ithaca College Bookstore and Mac's General Store in Phillips Hall, with coupons expiring at the end of this time period.

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The Flu season is upon us!  In a community such as ours, it is important to be able to quickly respond in the case of public health emergencies or any event threatening the health and safety of faculty, staff and students. In an effort to rehearse these procedures, Ithaca College will hold its first ever "POD" on October 30, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fitness Center to vaccinate staff and faculty against the seasonal flu. A POD is a location where life saving medications, supplies or equipment can be dispensed or distributed.  Should there be a bio-terrorist attack or other disease outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that communities dispense antibiotics and/or vaccines to all members of the community in a 48-hour time period.  (Students will have the opportunity to be vaccinated via appointment at the Hammond Health Center or at separate student flu shot clinics to be announced at a later date.)

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Mind, Body, Me would like to invite all members of Flights 7 & 8 to our Flight Festival on November 6, 2014. The Flight Festival is a celebration of you and your success throughout your first year of Mind, Body, Me! This is also a great chance for you to start planning your second year and learn about new tools and resources that have been added to the wellness program! 

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Ever have a day go by, or week go by, and wonder where the time went? What did you accomplish?

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"Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?"
~ Bob Marley 

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The late Vince Lombardi, coach of the Green Bay Packers said, “We never lost a game, we just ran out of time.”

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Please join us for a Woman to Woman retirement planning event scheduled for September 23, 2014, from Noon – 2 pm in Emerson Suite B.

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Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or with special dietary needs should contact Deb Merriman at dmerriman@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3851. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

‎‎"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." ~Mary Engelbreit

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Are you looking to eat more organic foods? Start here with the BalanceWorks September Newsletter, highlighting the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen food lists! 

As many as 90% of U.S. adults have low back pain at some time in their life and will visit a doctor for this pain.  Men and women are equally affected.  All of us can benefit from the exercises and therapeutic yoga poses, whether we have chronic back pain (more than 3 months of continuous daily pain) or have recently had an injury to the back.  Even those without pain can strengthen their back and improve their posture, keeping the back healthy for years and years. Why wait until you need to see the doctor for pain or depend on daily pain medication to function in your day?  Healthy management of back pain will be discussed and demonstrated by James Eavenson

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The Ithaca College Flu Vaccine "Point of Dispensing" (POD) event for all faculty and staff scheduled to take place on September 11, 2014 has been postponed due to vaccine availability.  The new date for the POD exercise will be Thursday, October 30, 2014.  This exercise is important to help prepare the College to respond to any event threatening the public health and safety of its faculty, staff and students.

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"Within yourself is a stillness, a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself." ~Herman Hess

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This year’s IC A Healthy Me Challenge was a series of two 30-day events consisting of fitness, nutrition, and mind based activities geared towards encouraging staff and faculty to develop holistic healthy habits that could be sustained for the rest of their lives. 

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Ithaca College is implementing a Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise for all staff and faculty on Thursday, September 11, 2014 to vaccinate against the seasonal flu. This event is an important part of the College community to be prepared for emergencies.  Whether caused by disease, natural disasters, or a terrorist event, Ithaca College and the College Emergency Response Team (CERT) are committed to quickly responding to any event threatening the public health and safety of its faculty, staff and students.

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Join us for a revealing trip through successful investing and saving strategies developed especially for you.  TIAA-CREF’s workshop leaders will provide you with simple strategies to assist you in saving more for retirement.

“She’s Got It:  A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing” Workshop is a retirement planning event scheduled for September 23, 2014, from Noon – 2 pm in Emerson Suite B.

Please save the date and be sure to watch your email and Intercom for more information on the event and registration. 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Deb Merriman at dmerriman@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3851. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

If you have a dependent between the ages of 19 and 25 who recently graduated from college, its important that you update their full time student status with the Office of Human Resources, by completing the a dependent/contact update form.  Dependents must be a FT student in order to be eligible for coverage under the dental, vision & hearing care, dependent life and AD&D coverage.  If your dependent is no longer a FT student, and you do not notify us, you may be paying for coverage that is not in effect. Dependents are eligible for coverage under the medical plan until the age of 26 regardless of FT student status.   

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Do you have a question about your medical insurance? A claim? Your flexible spending account?

Whatever the issue may be, the Office of Human Resources recognizes the importance of accessibility to your benefit vendors. If you have tried resolving an issue or obtaining information through Aetna customer service and still have questions, our Aetna Representative is available for telephonic meetings twice a month. To schedule a telephonic meeting time, please call the Office of Human Resources at 607-274-8000. 

 

You can discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial

Consultant on a confidential basis. They are available to discuss how to help you pursue your financial goals by investing in financial products such as mutual funds, brokerage, life insurance and annuities.  A detailed evaluation tells you everything you need to know and do.

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The Ithaca College Mind, Body, Me (MBM) wellness program focuses on you: the employee, and works to help you identify and move towards your personal health and wellness goals. Our wellness program is open for all benefits-eligible faculty and staff to join and includes a variety of wellness features, such as FREE Health Screenings and Assessments!

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