Week of Wellness kicks off Oct. 17

Rice offering employees free health screenings, flu shots … and more!

1010_flu-bFaculty and staff are encouraged to participate in a series of “Week of Wellness” activities Oct. 17-21.

Featuring topics ranging from mental health to financial health, along with health screenings and flu shots, the Week of Wellness will showcase the many resources available to employees through Rice’s wellness partners, including HealthFitness.

Learn more about your health, with a health screening

Easy, confidential and free for all benefits-eligible faculty and staff, health screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, height, weight and health assessment.

Screenings are available Oct. 17, 19 and 20 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, visit the Healthy Rice. Healthy Life website (click on “Screening” under the “To-Do List”) or call 877-916-5940 and select option 1.

Get the flu shot, not the flu

The four-strain flu shot is available for all benefits-eligible faculty, staff and Rice retirees at no charge. Non benefit-eligible faculty, staff, spouses and domestic partners can get the flu shot for $36 (check or money order payable to Rice University).

Flu shots will be offered from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 17 in Farnsworth Pavilion at Rice Memorial Center (RMC) and in the RMC’s Grand Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. Shots will also be available Nov. 1 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Rice University Police Station and Nov. 3 and 4 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in Farnsworth Pavilion. No appointment is necessary for flu shots.

A week full of wellness

A series of breakout sessions will be held through Wellness Week, including the Wellness Fair Oct. 19. Registration is required for some individual sessions.

Oct. 17, 2 p.m.: Walk the Rice Mile. Meet in front of the Tudor Fieldhouse and walk the Rice Mile with faculty and staff members.

Oct. 18, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Rice’s backup care and family-support program presentation by Bright Horizons, second floor conference room, RMC. Registration required. Sign up for the 10 a.m. session at https://signup.rice.edu/brighthorizons1 or the 2 p.m. session at https://signup.rice.edu/brighthorizons2.

Oct. 18, 12:10-12:30 p.m. The Nirvana Sessions in the Rice Memorial Chapel by the Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center

Oct. 18, 1 p.m.: Money at Work (in Spanish) presentation by Dan Cummins with TIAA in the FE&P training room (next to the Facilities Engineering and Planning Building).

Oct. 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Farmer’s Market tour every half hour led by Rice chefs promoting local foods, eating seasonally and market offerings.

Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Wellness Week Fair, Grand Hall, RMC.

Oct. 19, 11 a.m.: Paying Yourself: Income Options on Retirement breakout session presented by TIAA, second floor conference room, RMC. Register at https://signup.rice.edu/payingyourself.

Oct. 19, noon: Social Security Review and Online Services breakout session presented by the Social Security Administration, second floor conference room, RMC. Register at https://signup.rice.edu/SSA16.

Oct. 19, 1 p.m.: Fundamental of Retirement Income Planning breakout session presented by Fidelity, second floor conference room, RMC. Register at https://signup.rice.edu/Fidelity16.

Oct. 19, 2.p.m.: Retire Your Idea of Retirement breakout session presented by UTEAP, second floor conference room, RMC. Register at https://signup.rice.edu/UTEAP16.

Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m.: Julia Amborski leads Yoga on the Lawn, green space in front of Brochstein Pavilion.

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.: Careers at Rice, Miner Lounge, Ley Student Center.

Oct. 20, 11 a.m.: Sugar, Stress and You presentation by Sam Hester with UTEAP, second floor conference room, RMC. Register at https://signup.rice.edu/UTEAPSSY.

Oct. 20, 12:10-12:30 p.m. The Nirvana Sessions in the Rice Memorial Chapel by the Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center.

Oct. 21, 10 a.m.: Preventive Schedules, Tips on Talking with Your Doctor and Disease Management presentation by Aetna, second floor conference room, RMC. Register at https://signup.rice.edu/Aetna16.

For more information or questions, contact Rosie Gonzalez at 713-348-3538 or rg43@rice.edu. For the full schedule of events, visit http://people.rice.edu/benefits-rewards/wellnessrice/week-of-wellness/.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.