Be Well: Benefits Education Workshop Series

Be Well Series: 2017 Benefits Education and Wellness Series.

From managing common conditions like asthma and diabetes to handling the day-to-day pressures of the workplace, healthy living can be a challenge. Be Well, Tech’s benefits education and wellness series, will equip employees with the tools they need to make smart wellness choices for themselves and their families.

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Past Presentations

Missed a Be Well presentation? Presentations from 2017 are available for download.

Webinars

Don’t have the time to get out and participate in a Be Well workshop? Our financial and health partners have webinars specifically created with you in mind. You can view them live or on-demand.

January:

Jan. 12 – New Year, New You: Effective Tips to Quit Smoking (or other behaviors) 
Behavior change can be frustrating. If you are trying to quit smoking or change any other behaviors, this session is for you. Participants will complete a self-analysis to assess willingness to change and personal preparation for the behavior change. Smokers can and do quit smoking—you can also get closer to your goals. Presented by Georgia Tech Health Promotion Educator Tammy Turner.

Jan. 19 – FLSA – Converting Your Budget
This presentation is available for download. 
Have concerns about converting your budget from monthly to bi-weekly or even how to budget for this new change? Join us as representatives from Georgia United Credit Union will be on-hand to help explain these and other concerns related to changing from a monthly to a bi-weekly employee. Presented by Georgia United Credit Union.

Jan. 25 – Tips to Prevent ID Theft 
According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft was the number two consumer complaint in 2015. Come and learn prevention techniques from Legal Club of America representatives, and find out what you can do if you have already been affected. Presented by Legal Club of America.

February:

Feb. 1 – Summer Camp Expo
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Center, Peachtree Room
From lacrosse to Lego® bricks and music to mathematics, there's a summer camp for every kid. With so many choices, the Georgia Tech Summer Camp Expo is here to help! Showcasing camps from Georgia Tech and metro Atlanta, camp representatives will be on-hand to answer questions regarding enrollment, application submission, and camp activities.
NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY

Feb. 8 – Understanding Mental Health and Important Triggers
This presentation is available for download. 
Get an overview of the most common issues and symptoms that show up around mental health in the workplace and learn how to "map" the conversation around them. Listen to real-time scenarios and get more info on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and how to access it. Presented by EAP Consultants, LLC.

Feb. 23 – Using Your Leave to Welcome a Child
This presentation is available for download. 
Learn important facts and must-do's for coordinating your employer-paid time off and Family Medical Leave (FMLA) when welcoming a child (childbirth, adoption, or foster placement). Presented by Georgia Tech Human Resources Leave Specialist Athena Jones.
 

March:

March 8 – TAP/STRAP Info Session
This presentation is available for download. 
Georgia Tech offers education assistance programs for faculty and staff, including the USG’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Tech’s own Staff Tuition Reimbursement Assistance Program (STRAP). While these programs are designed to help you excel in your educational pursuits, policies and guidelines for using these benefits can seem confusing. This workshop aims to clarify the TAP/STRAP programs and break down policies with step-by-step guidelines. All interested employees are encouraged to attend. Presented by Georgia Tech Human Resources Work-Life Specialist Candice Bovian.

March 14 – Organic, Natural, Local: How to Interpret Today's Food Buzzwords
This presentation is available for download. 
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Center, Room 320
Learn about the different food industry buzzwords and figure out how to decipher what they mean for you. Presented by Georgia Tech Health Promotion Nutritionist Amber Johnson.

March 15 – Charting Your Course: A Financial Guide for Women
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | WEBINAR
Understand the financial challenges unique to women and receive tailored approaches to saving for retirement, goal setting, evaluating your financial health, as well as tips to help your money work harder. Presented by TIAA.

March 29 – Healthy Cooking Demo: "Fast and Fresh: Cooking Quick Meals That Are Fresh and Healthy"
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Center, Room 343
A quick meal doesn't have to mean fast food. Learn how to have fresh, healthy, and quick meals that you can whip up in no time at home. Presented by Sodexo.
 

April:

April 12 – Bank at Work Day (GUCU: Getting Out of Debt, WF: Building Your Child's Education Fund)
These presentations are available for download. 
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom
Representatives from Georgia Tech’s banking partners will be on-site to promote their current offerings and explain the benefits you may be eligible for, just for being a Tech employee. Explore new benefits, access worry-free banking, and sign up for information sessions: Getting out of Debt and Building Your Child's Education Fund. Presented by Georgia United Credit Union and Wells Fargo.

  • Getting Out of Debt 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Building Your Child's Education Fund 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Investing Basics 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

April 25 – e-Cigarettes: What We All Need to Know
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | GTHR Room 214
Vaping, e-cigarettes, vaping pens, e-hookah, and other nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), are an emerging public health issue. Learn facts about e-cigarettes and the public health concerns they create in a fun and interactive format. Resources will be identified and provided to support the efforts of tobacco users wishing to quit. 
 

May: 

May 3 – Caring for Aging Parents 
This presentation is available for download. 
As more Americans live longer, millions of middle-aged adults find themselves caring for their aging parents. It's not an easy task, especially for those with children who are still living at home. Discover tips on how to provide care most effectively and learn about Employee Assistance Program (EAP) resources that can help. Presented by EAP Consultants, LLC.

May 16 – Work-Life Balance: Is It Possible? 
This presentation is available for download. 
Juggling the demands between work and your personal life can be a challenge. Today, the boundary between the two is blurry and stress levels have risen as a result of the increased demands. Can you "have it all"? Come learn strategies and tips on how to manage your work and personal lives and create harmony between the two while discovering Georgia Tech resources that can help! Presented by Georgia Tech Human Resources Work-Life Specialist Candice Bovian.

May 24 – Deskercise - Exercises You Can Do at Work
Session material is available for download. 
Are you chained to your desk with no time to exercise? Did you know that prolonged sitting every day can sabotage your health? Learn how to incorporate exercise into your workday while at your desk. Presented by the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center.

June:

June 6 – Leaves of Absence (non-maternity)
This presentation is available for download.
Important facts and must-do's for Family Medical Leave (FMLA), Disability, Sick, or Military Leave. Presented by Georgia Tech Human Resources Leave Specialist Athena Jones.

June 13 – TAP/STRAP Info Session
This presentation is available for download.
Georgia Tech offers education assistance programs for faculty and staff, including the USG’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Tech’s own Staff Tuition Reimbursement Assistance Program (STRAP). While these programs are designed to help you excel in your educational pursuits, policies and guidelines for using these benefits can seem confusing. This workshop aims to clarify the TAP/STRAP programs and break down policies with step-by-step guidelines. All interested employees are encouraged to attend. Presented by Georgia Tech Human Resources Work-Life Specialist Candice Bovian.

June 21 – Reduce Stress with Mindfulness
This presentation is available for download.
Mindfulness is simply paying more attention to the present moment, which can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. This kind of awareness can help us notice signs of stress or anxiety earlier and respond intentionally. Join us as we learn tips on mindfulness that can lower our stress and anxiety levels. Presented by the Georgia Tech Counseling Center.

July:

July 11 – Design Your Destiny: Creating the Career You Want
This presentation is available for download.
You don't have to let life happen to you. You don't even have to stay in a job that makes you miserable. Discover steps that you can take to create the career that you want. Take back control—after all, it is your life! Presented by Georgia Tech Human Resources.

July 12 – Smoke-Free Atlanta: Learn More About the Possibilities
Live. Work. Play. Smoke-Free Atlanta. Learn what you can do to support a Smoke-Free Atlanta. Resources will be identified and provided to support the efforts of tobacco users wishing to quit. Presented by Georgia Tech Health Promotion Educator Tammy Turner.

July 26 – Tips for Healthy Eyes
This presentation is available for download.
Learn tips and tricks to build awareness of eye and vision basics, common adult vision disorders, eye safety precautions, and proactive behaviors that give you the best chance for a lifetime of healthy vision. Presented by EyeMed.

August:

Aug. 9 - First-Time Homebuyer’s Learning Session
This presentation is available for download.
For first-time homebuyers, the more you understand about the entire process—from the financial steps prior to purchase to shopping for and securing a mortgage—the more positive the experience is likely to be. Learn all you need to know to make your first home-buying experience a pleasant one. Presented by Georgia United Credit Union.

Aug. 16 – Using Your Leave to Welcome a Child
This presentation is available for download.
Learn important facts and must-do's for coordinating your employer-paid time off and Family Medical Leave (FMLA) when welcoming a child (childbirth, adoption, or foster placement). Presented by GTHR Leave Specialist Athena Jones.

Aug. 22 – Powers of Attorney
12 – 1 p.m. | Student Center, Room 320
Learn why Powers of Attorney are needed and how to define processes, permissions, and provisions— whether financial or medically warranted. This informative session will include time for questions and is usually a very popular workshop with limited space—so register early! Presented by LegalEase.

September:

RESCHEDULED – Oct. 31 – Saving for the Holidays

Sept. 20 – Understanding Mental Health and Important Triggers
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Student Center, Room 320
An overview of the most common issues and symptoms that show up around mental health in the workplace and how to "map" the conversation around them. Listen to real-time scenarios and learn about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and how to access it. Presented by EAP Consultants, LLC.
Click here to register.

Sept. 27 – Discover STAMPS Health Benefits for Employees
12 – 1 p.m. | Student Center, Room 320
Come and learn about the services provided for Georgia Tech employees within Stamps Health Services. These include employee flu shot clinics, travel medicine, retail pharmacy services, and LIVE Health services. Presented by Georgia Tech STAMPS Health Services.
Click here to register.

October:

Oct. 11 – Take Control of Your Health: How to Read Food Labels
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Student Center, Room 320
Do you find yourself walking down the packaged food aisle in your grocery store and making decisions based on what’s on the front package? Do you feel confused about what is truly healthy? Learn the truth about food marketing and gain practical and applicable tips to use on your next grocery run. Empower yourself to understand what’s really in the food you’re buying. Presented by Georgia Tech Work-Life Specialist Candice Bovian.
Click here to register.

Oct. 17 – Life, Estate, and Inheritance Planning
12 – 1 p.m. | Student Center, Piedmont Room
Estate planning is not just for the rich. Learn how to properly plan for you and your loved ones with an Estate Plan. This workshop will encompass Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Wills, and Beneficiary Designations. Presented by LegalEase.
Click here to register. 

Oct. 24 – Social Smoking: No Big Deal?
12 – 1 p.m. | GTHR Room 229
Some people do not consider themselves smokers because they only smoke when drinking or on their birthday or when [insert activity]. Learn about the health concerns for individuals and populations (e.g., college students). Resources will be identified and provided to support the efforts of tobacco users wishing to quit. 
Click here to register. 

Oct. 31 – Saving for the Holidays
12 – 1 p.m. | Student Center, Room 320 

Learn the steps and tools you can use to help develop a financial plan for the holidays while continuing to manage y.our money throughout the year. Having control over your financial situation can help you meet your personal goals and not overspend during the holiday season. Presented by Wells Fargo.
Click here to register.
 

November:

Nov. 8 – Equally Prepared: Financial Planning for the LGBTQIA Community
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Center, Crescent Room
Delve into the financial and legal challenges facing members of the LGBTQIA community—even with the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling – and potential solutions to address them. Presented by TIAA.
Click here to register.

Nov. 15 – Healthy Cooking Demo: "Preparing a Healthy Holiday Meal"
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Student Center, Room 343
The holidays do not have to be synonymous with fried, fatty, and excess. Come learn how to prepare a healthy holiday meal and impress your friends and family! Presented by Sodexo.
Click here to register.

December:

Dec. 6 – Demystifying Life Insurance
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Student Center, Room TBD
In today’s complex financial marketplace, purchasing life insurance can be overwhelming. How do you know the amount of life insurance you need, what type suits you, and if you can afford it? Presented by TIAA.
Click here to register.