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YourLife News / November

Did You Know? ... You Have Access to a Benefits Value Advisor

Benefits Value Advisor (BVA) is a service provided by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois for University faculty and staff. A BVA can assist you in finding providers and scheduling appointments, as well as help you compare costs at different providers for the same medical service and help you with pre-certification. Simply call the number on the back of your BCBS member ID card.

Fidelity Financial Wellness Program

Fidelity has launched a new financial wellness program available through their NetBenefits online portal. The portal has evolved into a financial wellness portal where employees can get the specific help and information needed to help manage finances. Resources about paying down student loans and credit card debt, mortgage refinancing, will and estate planning, and much more are available!

The program is available to all faculty and staff with a Fidelity account. If you have a Fidelity account, you can login and fill out your financial wellness profile to get started. You will also receive an email from Fidelity this month with additional information about the program.

Free Flu Shots

Flu shots are available at no cost for all faculty and staff.

If you are unable to attend a flu shot clinic and are insured through a University sponsored health plan, you can receive a free flu shot at a local pharmacy or doctor's office with proof of insurance.

More on Flu Shots

Avoiding Job Burnout Seminar

YourLife and the Work/Life & Family Resources team have partnered with the Employee Assistance Program to provide this seminar. Ellen Burton will discuss recognizing the signs of burnout, avoiding burnout by effectively managing stress, developing a support system, setting goals and maintaining a positive attitude.


  • Thursday, November 8
  • Noon - 1 p.m. Norris
  • Evans Room 102


  • Thursday, November 29
  • Noon - 1 p.m.
  • McGaw Pavilion, Room 2-322

Financial Workshop

Human Resources' YourLife and Retirement teams have collaborated with Fidelity to provide this workshop.

Preserving Your Savings for Future Generations

A Fidelity professional will help attendees understand taxable estates, how assets can be distributed, estate planning, wills vs. probates, powers of attorney, the importance of a living will and health care proxy, establishing a trust, beneficiary designations, and gifting and insurance replacement strategies.

YourLife Fitness Classes: Fall Schedule

Each quarter YourLife and Northwestern Recreation co-sponsor free exercise classes on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. These on-site group exercise classes support Northwestern's ongoing objective of promoting faculty and staff health and well-being. Join us for a class this fall!

YourLife Walking Group

Join YourLife Wellness Champions for a weekly 30-minute walk this fall. The groups will meet each Tuesday through November 27. This no-commitment, no-judgement group is open to all faculty and staff.

Participant information:

  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring a filled water bottle.
  • Group leaders will be wearing a gray YourLife or purple Northwestern t-shirt.
  • Participants who attend five or more of the walks will receive a non-conference Northwestern basketball ticket!
  • Please note:  The group will not meet in inclement weather. 

Wellness Programs

Mindfulness Meditation

Join YourLife for meditative practices on Tuesdays with Elizabeth Tuckwell in Chicago and on Fridays with Eric Budzynski in Evanston. The benefits of meditation include reducing stress, improving concentration and increasing happiness. No previous experience is necessary. All are welcome.

  • Chicago: Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. - 1:55 p.m., Abbott Hall Women's Center Suite 1400
  • Evanston: Fridays, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m., Parkes Hall, Room 204

Nutrition Consultations

Sign up for a one-on-one consultation with Vicki Shanta Retelny, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), to discuss strategies for eating a balanced diet, planning meals and grocery shopping. Vicki will assist you with setting realistic nutrition goals and provide motivational tips.

These 25-minute consultations are FREE for Northwestern faculty and staff. Read additional information about scheduling a consultation.