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Full and part-time faculty, staff, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members, and family members covered by UR health care plans are eligible for a health and wellness program, YOURhealthofferings, developed as a joint effort between UR Medical Center’s Healthy Living Center and the School of Nursing’s Center for Employee Wellness.

The program offers lifestyle programs for weight loss, cholesterol and blood pressure management, stress reduction, and smoking cessation. The program also includes services for chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and low back pain, among others.

As an incentive to take the first step in making use of the program, a $125 bonus is being offered to those who complete a personal health assessment, which includes a biometric screening, by March 31. Other monetary incentives are available upon completion of different wellness programs.

Both one-on-one and group support are available. The programs include a physician, nurse practitioner, dietitians, social workers, exercise physiologist, clinical psychologist, and a tobacco counselor.

“The University is dedicated to helping employees live healthier, feel better, and make the best possible health choices,” Director of the School of Nursing Center for Employee Wellness Lisa Norsen said in a statement. “We’re proud to support the University’s commitment to its workforce and offer a trusted, experienced resource to employees who want to achieve their optimum level of health. It’s a privilege to partner with employees and help them more clearly understand, improve, and take charge of their health so that they can feel their best in both their professional and personal lives.”

None of the employees or SEIU members contacted with regards to this story were familiar with the program.

SEIU spokesman and regional vice-president Bruce Popper was also unfamiliar with the program but noted that members of 1199 SEIU have access to a Benefit Fund with wellness programs and other health materials. That program is operated by the Southwest Rochester YMCA and UR’s Center for Community Health.

Remus is a member of the class of 2016.

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