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Explore Health Care Coverage Options at Benefits Fairs

October 3, 2006

Northwestern faculty and staff are invited to attend the University's 12th Annual Health and Benefits Fair this month on the Evanston campus.

The goal of the fair is to increase awareness of the new and different health care plans that will be offered for 2007. Information about other benefit plan options also will be available.

The Health and Benefits Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 10) in the Louis Room of Norris University Center. As part of the Benefits Fair, a presentation on Open Enrollment for 2007 and benefit plan changes will be made from noon to

1:30 p.m. The presentation also will highlight the new Self-Service online enrollment feature, eBenefits.

Representatives from the University's benefit plan providers will be on hand to answer questions.

The fair will provide a wide variety of free health and fitness screenings, and educational material and referrals to raise awareness of health related issues and available resources. The new activity challenge program called “Million Step Challenge” will be introduced. The goal of the program is to accumulate at least 1 million steps -- or 500 miles -- by the June 17, 2007, while earning prizes along the way.

There also will be free food and recipes from nuCuisine and free specialty fitness classes, including Pilates and yoga. The goal is to encourage the University community toward making positive health behavior changes.

Participants also will have the opportunity to obtain informational materials and speak with health care and insurance and investment company experts who can further outline their benefit programs, answer questions and highlight specific options. Information on a variety of health and fitness issues, including heart health, dental health, exercise and fitness, healthy cooking, smoking cessation, child care, elder care, weight management, mental health, first aid, ergonomics and office safety from more than 50 different professional groups and services will be available during the event.

In addition to insurance and investment information, free fitness advice from Northwestern's personal training staff will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the “Ask a Trainer” booth; yoga workouts will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.; and a Pilates workout from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

There also will be free health and fitness screenings including blood pressure, vision, diabetes, cancer, body composition and stress. A variety of exhibitors will be handing out free samples and give-aways.

Faculty and staff members who attend the fair will have the opportunity to enter the raffle to win an annual Northwestern University parking permit, an iPod, a one-year Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Norris Aquatics Center membership, sporting event tickets, gift baskets, and more.

The fair will be hosted by the department of athletics and recreation and the benefits division of the department of human resources. Admission is free.

For more information about the health and benefits fair visit <www.fitrec.northwestern.edu>.

Individuals who are not able to attend the Oct. 10 fair are invited to attend a similar fair on the Chicago campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Method Atrium.

All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend one or more of the upcoming Open Enrollment meetings to learn about benefit options for 2007. General sessions, individual school meetings and computer labs will also be offered.

For more information about the open enrollment meetings, call the benefits division at (847) 491-7513 or visit <www.benefits.northwestern.edu>

Topics: Campus Life