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Thrive - News for UK Staff & Faculty  |  No. 53 January 2014


Happy New Year! Like many of us, you might be thinking about new year resolutions - like working out more, losing weight, getting organized and so on. If so, I hope you'll consider the tools, programs and events available to you, as a UK employee.
If your goals include becoming more aware of your health, please take advantage of a limited-time opportunity to enroll in the online, self-paced UK Healthtrac Rewards program. It offers customized guidance to help you reach your health goals, including optional one-on-one support from expert health coaches. Plus, it pays you just for completing some simple steps online. 
Take the online health assessment by January 31 to lock in rewards of up to $105 on your April paycheck.


In this issue, we highlight many more great opportunities to help you stick to your resolutions:
  • The Heart, Sole & Glove Run/Walk is a perfect 5K for first-timers. Both running and walking is encouraged and this 5K is open to anyone and everyone
  • Try our on-campus yoga class specifically geared towards people trying out yoga for the first time. Restore & Flow yoga class
  • UK Work-Life offers lunch-time meet-ups for parents, working moms and caregivers to connect with others in the UK community. Connect groups
  • Learn research-based techniques in this 50-minute lunch-time workshop to help you thrive and flourish. Unleashing Well-being
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Kim Wilson

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

UK Human Resources

Take the Winter Wellness Challenge



Act by Jan. 31 to maximize your UK Healthtrac Rewards!

Earn the maximum $105 quarterly reward* on your April paycheck with UK Healthtrac Rewards. Simply take the first step and sign up or log in and complete your online Health Assessment. It only takes about 15 minutes, and you earn $30. Complete the next two steps to earn your full $105 reward for the quarter.


Have questions? We're happy to help. Call UK Health & Wellness at 859-257-9355.


*Each participant may earn up to $180 per fiscal year with Healthtrac. Rewards are paid quarterly on your paycheck. Healthtrac is exclusively for UK employees, retirees, and their spouses or sponsored dependents enrolled in a UK health plan (UK-HMO, UK-PPO, UK-EPO, etc.).


UK Urgent Care Clinic

The UK Health Plan Urgent Care Clinic, an on-site clinic for UK employees who participate in one of the UK health plans (UK-HMO, UK-PPO, UK-EPO and UK-RHP) is now open on the first floor of the University Health Service Building next to Employee Health. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Same-day appointments are available by calling 323-SICK (7425). The new clinic provides care for conditions including but not limited to: colds, coughing, sore throat, earache, congestion, sinus, flu, gastroenteritis, eye problems, rashes, urinary symptoms, abrasions, sprains and strains. Please seek emergency care for chest pain or other life- or limb-threatening conditions. Please note: The clinic is also open to dependents of UK health plan members who are over age 18. 


Free Retirement Counseling Sessions with TIAA-CREF & Fidelity 

One-on-one retirement consultations are available on multiple dates with varying locations. This is a free service provided to those who participate in a UK retirement plan with TIAA-CREF and/or Fidelity. Click here for a full list of dates, times and campus locations  

Save the Date: Feb. 24th Summer Camps Fair Open to All Employees


The Office of Work-Life is excited to bring you the 1st Annual Summer Camps Fair on Monday, February 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the UK Student Center Grand Ballroom. This is the premier opportunity for UK employees to find a camp(s) that interests your child(ren) and fits your family's summer schedule. You will be able to meet with camp directors and counselors from programs focused on everything from art to sports to academics; many are offering registration discounts for UK employees.


Always Wanted to Try Yoga? Start Here!

Health & Wellness' Body Shop Fitness offers a Restore & Flow class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10-12:50 pm in LAC 170. Each class features a comprehensive breakdown of each pose and a sequence of poses are done in a gentle flow. Come give yoga a try and increase your flexibility! Learn about Body Shop Fitness and register here


Voluntary Reduced Seasonal Hours Offered

UK is once again offering the voluntary Reduced Seasonal Hour Program in an effort to provide employees with flexibility during the winter and summer months and serve as a potential cost-savings strategy for the University. This program allows eligible employees to apply for and work a temporarily reduced seasonal schedule with department approval. The Winter offering continues through February 8, 2014; Summer hours begin May 4, 2014 through August 23, 2014. Click here for more details, including a FlexWork Request Form


HR Executive Director Mary Ferlan to Retire in May 2014

Mary Ferlan, Executive Director of Human Resources, has announced her plans to retire this spring, with her last day as May 1, 2014. 


Hired in June 1990, she has contributed almost 24 years of service to the University of Kentucky. Ferlan began her career at UK as Health & Wellness' first program manager. After serving as Chandler Hospital's HR Generalist for one year and then transitioning within Human Resources to ER, she worked in Employee Relations before she took on the role of Operations Director in May 2011.


University of Kentucky Human Resources celebrates Ferlan's achievements and dedication to service as she makes this transition.

Winter-Related Delays and Closings: What You Need to Know
Registration Open for Annual Community-Wide 5K Run/Walk

The Heart, Sole & Glove Run/Walk is an annual family-friendly 5K.

Open to the entire Lexington-area community, the event is hosted every February by University of Kentucky Health & Wellness. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate in the 5K on February 15, 2014. 

New features for this year's route at Coldstream Park/Legacy Trail include:
  • Completely on the paved trail
  • Closed to traffic
  • Aid station at half-way point
  • Restrooms located at Coldstream Trailhead 
A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Kentucky Homeplace. Also, all participants receive on race day a FREE pair of gloves featuring the race logo! 

Upcoming Events

Chronic Disease Self-Management Classes

1:30 - 4pm | Jan. 16 & 29 | Emerson Center

Learn how to deal with symptoms of your or a loved one's chronic condition in this once-a-week Chronic Disease Self-Management class. Sessions run six weeks and begin 1/16 and 1/29. If you have questions or would like to register please call 859-323-4600 ext. 2 or email More information


Preventing Suicide through Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) Training

10 am - 2 pm | Jan. 23 | 220 Scovell Hall | Suite 2

People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to get a person at risk the help they need. Work+Life Connections offers this two-hour course to all employees. We encourage supervisors, and employees working with students or in the community, to attend. Register here via myUK, click on Training, and search for QPR.


Wellness on Wheels

8 am - noon | Jan. 23 | Good Samaritan | Conf. Rm B

Your free 20-min. appointment includes tests for: cholesterol, triglycerides & glucose, blood pressure & body fat percentage. Our expert staff also provides consultations with your results.

Learn more and register here


unleashingUnleashing Well-being

12:10 - 1 pm | Jan. 29 | W.T. Young Library | Gallery

How would work and life be different if you were thriving more and worn-down less? In just 50 minutes, you'll walk away with tangible, research-based practices and techniques that will help you engage, re-connect and flourish in every area of your life. Option to attend online available. Learn more and register here


Training: Behavior-Based Interviewing

8 am - 5 pm | Jan. 30 | 220 Scovell Hall | Suite 2 
Join us for one of our most popular events! How do you know if you are asking the right questions in an interview and if those questions are appropriate and legal? This training will expand your hiring and selection knowledge. Learn more or register here using "myUK" Training Center available under Employee Self-Service.

connectWork-Life Offers Connect Groups

Lunch-time | date varies | location varies
The Office of Work-Life offers connect groups for Parents, Working Moms, and for Caregivers caring for an elderly parent or relative. These groups meet each month during the lunch hour to offer support and an opportunity to connect with other UK employees. Learn more about Connect Groups: Parenting, Working Moms, and Caregivers.
In This Issue
Take the Fast Break Challenge!
Features: Healthtrac Rewards, Urgent Care Clinic & Retirement Counseling Offered
Save the Date: Summer Camps Fair
Spotlight: Yoga, Reduced Seasonal Hours & More
Upcoming Events: Behavior-Based Interview Training, Unleashing Well-Being & More
Featured Article
Financial Tip of the Month
You can take control of your wallet this year! 10 Doable Financial New Year's Resolutions
Resource Toolbox

UK Benefits 

UK Career Development 

(Free Career Counseling Program)

UK Elder Care 

UK Employee Discount Program 

UK Employee & Family Education Programs 

UK Employee Relations 

UK Health & Wellness 

UK HealthCare 

UK Parking & Transportation Services  

UK REFER (Employee Assistance Program) 

UK Training & Development 

UK VIP Center  

UK Wildcat Wheels Bike Library 

UK Work-Life 

UK Work+Life Connections (Free Personal Counseling Program) 

About Thrive
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