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Benefits & Well-being Fair

The 2021 Virtual Benefits and Well-being Fair will be held on the week of Monday, October 18, 2021.  The fair will be a week long event with each day covering different aspects of benefits and well-being: Health & Physical Well-being, Retirement & Financial Well-being, Social & Emotional Well-being, as well as Open Enrollment information and WELL resources sessions.

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Health & Physical Well-being     Monday, October 18, 2021

Health & Physical well-being consists of recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep, as well as preventing illness and injury or managing chronic health conditions.

Sessions on this day will include resources that can help you achieve and sustain your health and physical well-being goals. They can also provide important information to help you use and get more out of your Northwestern-sponsored health care services and benefits. Note: Eligibility for some resources may be limited or dependent upon your health coverage.

Vendor Description Time Registration
EyeMed Vision Care Information on the EyeMed Vision benefit offered at Northwestern. 9 AM Link
Express Scripts Learn more about your Pharmacy Benefit and how to optimize to save money. 9:30 AM Link
Livongo Diabetes management program that provides FREE testing strips all year. 11 AM Link
Hinge Health Digital Solution for MSK Pain (Back, Knee, Hip, Neck, Shoulder) 12 PM Link
Omada Health Behavior change support with personal health coach to prevent T2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease. 1 PM Link
Wondr Health Behavioral change program that helps with maintaining a healthy weight, sleep better, stress less, and more. 2 PM Link
Guardian Information on the DHMO Dental benefit offered at Northwestern. 2:30 PM Link
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Learn more about tools available to you through our health insurance partner BCBSIL. 3 PM Link
Open Enrollment & WELL Team Overviews     Tuesday, October 19

Understanding the benefits and tool available to your through Northwestern is essential in maintaining and improving your overall well-being.  Session on Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21 will provide an overview of the Open Enrollment period and introduce resources available through the WELL Team.  Note: these sessions will be held several times and are repeated.

Vendor Description Time Registration
NU Benefits Office Overview of benefit plans and changes for the new year. 10 AM Link
WELL Team Information on faculty and staff resources offered by the WELL Team. 1 PM Link
Retirement & Financial Well-being     Wednesday, October 20

Retirement & Financial well-being is defined as satisfaction with current and future financial situations.

Sessions on this day will include resources that can help you achieve and sustain your retirement and financial well-being goals. They can also help you better understand your personal finances, describe the benefits of having a long-term financial plan tailored to your individual needs and goals, and support your ability to adapt to financial changes.

Vendor Description Time Registration
Pet Insurance (MetLife) MetLife will discuss the new dog and cat pet insurance offered to faculty and staff. 9 AM Link
Live Insurance (BCBSIL -Ancillary) Learn about the various life insurance benefits offered at Northwestern. 10 AM Link
The Hartford Information on the Long-Term Disability benefit offered to employees. 11 AM Link
PayFlex Systems USA Information on Flexible Spending accounts, Health Savings accounts, and Commuter Benefits. 12 PM Link
Fidelity Learn about tools and programs offered by Fidelity to participants. 1 PM Link
TIAA Learn about tools and programs offered by TIAA to participants. 2 PM Link
UnitedHealthcare Presentation on the group Medicare Advantage plan offered to retirees. 3 PM Link
Via Benefits Via Benefits offers support to retiring faculty and staff to review health insurance plans outside Northwestern. 4 PM Link
Open Enrollment & WELL Team Overviews     Thursday, October 21
Understanding the benefits and tool available to your through Northwestern is essential in maintaining and improving your overall well-being.  Session on Tuesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 21 will provide an overview of the Open Enrollment period and introduce resources available through the WELL Team. Note: these sessions will be held several times and are repeated. 
Vendor Description Time Registration
WELL Team Information on faculty and staff resources offered by the WELL Team. 2 PM Link
NU Benefits Team Overview of benefit plans and changes for the new year. 3 PM Link
Social & Emotional Well-being     Friday, October 22

Social & Emotional well-being defined as developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system. As well as coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.

Sessions on this day will include resources that can help you achieve and sustain your emotional well-being goals. They may also help you cope with the demands of work and personal life, as well as the challenges that may arise every day.

Vendor Description Time Registration
Illinois Action for Children Learn about child care resource and referral benefit to Northwestern Employees. 9 AM Link
Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW) Information on Northwestern's women's staff affinity group. 9:30 AM Link
NU Recreation Learn how fitness, recreation, and sport activities can help deal with the stresses, help you lose weight, and improve your overall functional fitness. 10 AM Link
VSR Nutrition Join Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN for a virtual culinary demo on “Crafting Tasty Fall Soups.” Soup is the ultimate comfort food when the weather cools down. It’s tasty, nourishing, and simple to make soups in your Instapot to set it and forget it. In this session, you’ll get soup ideas that the whole family can enjoy together, as well as the chance to ask Vicki your burning nutrition questions. 11 AM Link
NU Child Care Resources Information on child care, senior & adult care, backup care, adoption assistance, lactation support, local centers & schools. 12 PM Link
Care.com Learn about access to  childcare, adult care, pet care, and home care providers, and subsidized backup childcare and adult care. 1 PM Link
Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council (NUSAC)

NUSAC serves as an advisory voice and change-agent for Northwestern staff. Learn about ways that staff can navigate the complexities of our environment, foster connections with other staff members, and highlight ways to share feedback with NUSAC so we can continue to share the feedback with senior leaders.

2 PM Link
Mixed Backgrounds and Origins Staff Space (MBOSS) MBOSS carves out space for multiracial, mixed-race, or biracial staff members to foster a sense of individual belonging and build community. 2:30 PM Link
Humana Information on Northwestern's Employee Assistance Program. 3 PM Link