The Benefits and Wellness team provides resources and services through various UC benefits, including the medical plans, employee wellness program, Be Well UC and special condition-focused programs such as the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program that educate, support and empower faculty and staff members to make healthy lifestyle choices. Employees can Choose Well with the many opportunities that are here when they are ready.
President Pinto even validates wellness as important for the UC community:
"Be Well UC is available to partner with you to help you succeed and improve your health and wellbeing. I encourage you to take advantage of this voluntary program made available to you as a UC faculty or staff member. Individuals enrolled in a UC medical plan are eligible to earn program incentives. Make time to keep yourself well!"
Services and resources available include:
- For those looking to quit or reduce tobacco use, UC offers tobacco cessation resources to help you along your quit journey. Programs like the Quitlogix quitline, Freshstart 1:1 and group sessions, and Impact Solutions’ online and telephonic Quit Center are available at no cost.
- Be Well UC partners with the College of Nursing to host monthly blood pressure screenings for all faculty, staff and students. Screenings are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Main and Medical campuses.
- Pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes have been linked to higher chances of developing cardiovascular diseases, according to the American Heart Association. Be Well UC and UC Benefits host the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, a 12-month lifestyle program, on campus for those who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. One participant shared, “I really believe in this program. I feel like it has saved my life. I could have been pre-diabetic for years (causing all kinds of damage) and then had a heart-attack or stroke only to find I had [developed] diabetes.” Faculty and staff enrolled in a UC Anthem medical plan who are diagnosed with diabetes may qualify for the Anthem ConditionCare program.
- Impact Solutions, UC’s employee assistance plan provides educational articles, videos and courses that employees can access when it works best for them. Resources are available focusing on many topics, including heart disease, emotional wellbeing, resilience and more.
- Be Well UC also offers additional programs, such as live and online educational sessions and events, health coaching to help encourage employees to reach their well-being goals and Work Well sessions for departments interested in a specific topic.
Visit the UC Benefits and Be Well UC websites for complete details.