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What is “YourLife”?

YourLife is a wellness program for Northwestern faculty and staff, and their eligible family members. The program is designed to provide discounts, resources, and programs & services that can help participants make thoughtful, positive choices that support physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

Promoting these discounts, resources, and programs & services under the YourLife banner reflects a new direction – and Northwestern’s renewed commitment – to promote and support the physical, financial, and emotional well-being of faculty and staff, and their eligible family members.

Why is Northwestern introducing a wellness program?

As an employer, Northwestern recognizes the importance of a healthy workforce…for the vitality of the organization and its ability to effectively support its mission. By introducing a wellness program, Northwestern can more effectively promote and encourage the use of the wellness-oriented discounts, resources, and programs & services that are available to faculty and staff, and their eligible family members.

What does “wellness” mean?

“Wellness” is a positive approach to living that recognizes everything you do, think, feel, and believe has an impact on your well-being. It means making thoughtful choices – and adopting habits and behaviors – that can support a better quality of life and personal well-being. And it means more than achieving and maintaining good health; under YourLife, wellness will encompass a wider variety of discounts, resources, and programs & services that promote:

  • Physical Well-being – These discounts, resources, and programs & services can help you set and achieve personal fitness, nutritional, and health goals. They provide important information that can help you use (and get the most out of) your Northwestern-sponsored health care services and benefits – from annual checkups to following age- and gender-recommended screenings and immunizations.
  • Financial Well-being – These discounts, resources, and programs & services can promote a better understanding of your personal finances (where your money comes from and where it goes), the benefits of having a long-term financial plan tailored to your individual needs and goals, and the importance of being prepared to adapt to financial changes.
  • Emotional Well-being – These discounts, resources, and programs & services can help you cope with the demands of work and personal life, as well as the challenges that can arise in everyday life. The purpose is to help you take positive action to resolve personal issues and to manage stress.

What wellness-related discounts, resources, and programs & services does YourLife currently offer?

There are a number of wellness-related discounts, resources, and programs & services already available. To see what’s currently available, click on Physical Well-beingFinancial Well-being, and Emotional Well-being. In the months ahead, new discounts, resources, and programs & services will be added to YourLife. Please re-visit the website often for updates and news.

When can I start using YourLife discounts, resources, and programs & services?

While the name “YourLife” is new, there are a number of discounts, resources, and programs & services that will be part of the program that are already in place, and you can use these right now. To see what’s currently available, click on Physical Well-beingFinancial Well-being, and Emotional Well-being.

Who is eligible to participate in YourLife?

In general, the discounts, resources, and programs & services offered through the YourLife wellness program are for Northwestern faculty and staff and their eligible family members.

For purposes of the YourLife wellness program, eligible family members include your legal spouse or partner and, in some cases, may also include your child(ren) up to age 26.

Note: Eligibility for certain discounts, resources, and programs & services may be limited. Therefore, you should review eligibility guidelines for each resource; if you have a question regarding eligibility for a specific resource, please contact the Benefits Division at 847-491-7513.

What can YourLife do for me?

YourLife will make it easier for Northwestern faculty and staff, and their eligible family members, to learn about, access, and use the University’s wellness-oriented discounts, resources, and programs & services. By coordinating access through the YourLife web pages, these discounts, resources, and programs & services are available to participants in one place: www.northwestern.edu/yourlife.

Having access to these discounts, resources, and programs & services is important. Realizing the full advantage of having them at your disposal will depend on how (and how much) you use them. That’s up to you. Achieving and maintaining wellness – whether physical, financial, or emotional – depends on a variety of factors, including an individual’s commitment to pursuing a wellness-oriented lifestyle. As you make that commitment, the discounts, resources, and programs & services available through YourLife can make help you achieve your goals.

Is there a cost to participate in YourLife?

There is no overall cost to participate in YourLife and many, if not most, of the program’s discounts, resources, and programs & services are available to use at no charge. However, the use of certain discounts, resources, and programs & services may be subject to a fee; when applicable, such a fee will be specified in the materials describing the resource.

Where can I find out more about YourLife?

The best source for current information about YourLife is www.northwestern.edu/yourlife. From time to time, you may receive materials mailed to your home (including a periodic newsletter with news and information about various YourLife discounts, resources, and programs & services), and information may also be provided in the online HR Review, as well as via email.
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