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Staff Council, in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources, would like to remind benefit-eligible staff to review Paid Time Away (PTA) balances in Parnassus Employee Self-Service. Reviewing balances now will allow ample time to plan the use of vacation time before new annual grants are applied on June 1, 2014. 

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We are nearing the end of our February is Heart Month campaign and the deadline for our heart healthy challenge submissions.

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1.       IT IS A SILENT KILLER
Did you know that tobacco kills more people in the U.S per year than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fire and AIDS combined?!

2.       SMOKING CAUSES DISEASES
Heart Disease, stroke, lung cancer, cancer of the lip, mouth, throat, larynx, bladder, pancreases, stomach, cervix, kidney, emphysema, and many more.

3.       SMOKING HURTS YOUR LOVED ONES
It hurts your children, your spouse, your friends, your pets. Everyone is susceptible to second hand smoke and its dangerous health effects.

4.       YOU WILL SAVE TONS OF MONEY
Think what you could do with all that money you currently spend on cigarettes. That Caribbean beach vacation you’ve always wanted to go on, a new car you’ve been eyeing for months, the possibilities are endless! 

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ENI INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS FOR EMPLOYEES AND SUPERVISORS

March 3, 2014
Human Resources Conference Room (PRWC GL52)

Employee Session starting at 1pm – Click here!
Supervisor Session starting at 3pm – Click here!

RSVP's are appreciated to benefits@ithaca.edu or 4-8000.

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The Office of Human Resources would like to present to faculty, staff, and students our newest Work/Life Mission Series. This semester's Work/Life Distinguished Faculty series will explore a variety of topic presented by our very own distinguished faculty! Join us for our last workshop:

MEN'S HEALTH FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 11:00am - 12:00pm
WHERE: Business School Room 301
RSVP to benefits@ithaca.edu  

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If so, don't miss the following February Heart Month Lunch-and-Learn!

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There isn’t a holiday that’s more focused on our hearts than Valentine’s Day! While a box of chocolates for your Valentine might seem like the perfect gift, it won’t help them gain better heart health.

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Attention all faculty members: We want YOU to share your knowledge! Become a Work/Life Distinguished Faculty Speaker by hosting a presentation in your area of expertise! 

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Knowing your family’s health history can help you avoid both heart disease and stroke! Use the chart found here to map your family’s health history.  Start with your immediate family – find out if your brothers, sisters, parents, or grandparents have had heart disease, strokes, heart attacks, or any other major health problems. Be sure to ask how old they were when they developed these issues.

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RSVP today to learn how to cook for your HEART! Believe me, your HEART will thank you! On February 14th, Sodexo's Executive Chef J.J. Molina will demonstrate how to cook a heart healthy meal option in Terrace Dining Hall's Food Lab!  

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Are you wearing red today? Red socks, sparkly red jewelry, pinned a red heart to your shirt pocket? We want to see it!   

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The Office of Human Resources is challenging all faculty and staff to become more HEART Healthy this February by participating in a variety of HEART Healthy events and if you love our Work/Life Lunch-and-Learns... you'll love this one! 

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For those of you who participated in a Health Care or Dependent Care FSA for 2013 this is a reminder that FSA dollars are "use-it-or-lose-it" funds. Account balances are not carried over from year to year. If you had any unused funds at the end of the plan year, those funds will be forfeited. That's an IRS requirement.

You have until March 31, 2014 to submit your 2013 FSA claims. Please note, this is not a postmarked date it is truly a received date. Claims received on April 1, 2014 or later will be denied and will not be processed. 

 

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heart-related part of February! It’s also American Heart Month and a time to raise awareness and knowledge about heart health. We all know that our heart is important, but do you know how to make sure that you’re monitoring your heart health and taking steps to make your heart as strong as possible?

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The Ithaca College Mind, Body, Me wellness program focuses on you: the employee. It gets you involved by helping you identify and move toward your personal health and wellness goals and encourages celebration of your success. Mind, Body, Me promotes a culture of wellness at IC, and in doing so, supports a healthier you!

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The Office of Human Resources would like to present to faculty, staff, and students our newest Work/Life Mission Series. This semester's Work/Life Distinguished Faculty series will explore a variety of topic presented by our very own distinguished faculty! Join us for our second workshop:

Can We Talk: Things to Know about YOUR Heart
PRESENTER: Dr. Gary Sforzo
WHEN: February 6, 2014 starting at 1:00pm
WHERE: Human Resources Training Room (GL54 PRWC)
RSVP to benefits@ithaca.edu (We need ten people registered to hold this event) 

This workshop is also part of our Open You HEART to Learning Challenge for Heart Awareness. Learn more information here: http://www.ithaca.edu/hr/benefits/wrklife/go_red.

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Last semester the Mind, Body, Me wellness program held a Recruiting Frenzy, where current members who recruited new members to join were entered into a prize drawing. The individual who was recruited also received an entry into a prize drawing. 

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Due to the fantastic amount of RSVP's, Smart Money: Personal Finance for Your Everyday Life, presented by Professor Joseph Cheng, has moved to a bigger room! 

JANUARY 30: Work/Life Mission Series – Smart Money: Personal Finance for Your Everyday Life
WHEN: 11:15am – 12:00pm
WHERE: Clark Lounge (Campus Center) 
Please RSVP to benefits@ithaca.edu or 274-8000 

 

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Happy New Year!

The New Year is here and what better way to celebrate than to participate in some great events! We are excited to share the following events with you:

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February was established as American HEART Month in 1963 as a way to educate Americans about heart disease and encourage them to take steps to protect themselves against it. Once again, the Office of Human Resources is spreading awareness through HEART Healthy challenges. Throughout the month of February all faculty and staff can become HEART Healthy by participating in one or all of our challenges! Educate yourself about how to take care of your heart, learn what lifestyle changes are necessary for good heart health, and be aware of of the symptoms of heart disease.

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