An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Wellness Champion Newsletter | May 2022

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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

The importance of Screenings & Immunizations
As part of your regular health care, it's important to stay informed of the recommended screening tests that can help protect against serious diseases. Regular screenings can include testing for certain cancers, like breast, cervical, colon, and lung. Work with your primary care provider to determine which screenings are right for you. If you need a primary care provider, WUCare providers are dedicated to WashU employees and families (18+) who are enrolled in the university health plan. 
Our annual health screening program is a pillar of the employee wellness program. Knowing your A1c level, blood pressure, cholesterol, and other key indicators can empower you to make smart decisions about your health. Wellness Connection is pleased to relaunch the Know Your Numbers screening program. Through this program, benefits-eligible employees have three options to complete their annual health screening and earn a $50 Visa gift card by 11/30/2022:
  1. Onsite screening
  2. Primary Care provider
  3. LabCorp
Our team strives to meet employees where they are, both on their wellness journey and in their department. If you're interested in hosting a dedicated screening event for your workgroup, view the screening toolkit for details and complete the online request form
Take care,
Lauren Buschhorn, MS, CHES®
Employee Wellness Coordinator
Wellness Connection | Human Resources

lauren.buschhorn@wustl.edu

CALL TO ACTION

  1. Host a dedicated screening event.
  2. Share the Action for Happiness monthly calendar.
  3. Share resources to support emotional wellness.
  4. Request a wellness program for your workgroup.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

Champion Fund Q&A

May 3, 2022 from 10:00-11:00 AM
Interested in funding to start a wellness initiative in your department? Drop into virtual office hours anytime between 10-11 AM on Tuesday, May 3rd, where Program Lead Nikki Hafner will be available on MS Teams to answer your questions about this exciting new opportunity.

Know Your Numbers

Register now for your annual biometric screening and earn a $50 prepaid VISA gift card. Champions, view the toolkit for details and communication templates.

LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT


Connect with a provider to get recommended screenings and immunizations. Some screening tests can find diseases early when they are most treatable, while others can play a role in preventing diseases before they start. Getting a flu shot each year and staying current with adult immunizations are also important steps toward lowering your risk and looking after your health. 
WashU Resources

UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

WUCare Clinic

Primary Care Clinic 
This new onsite primary care clinic is dedicated to providing high-quality primary care to WashU employees and their families (18+) who are enrolled in the University-sponsored UHC health plan. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 314-747-5900, share the WUCare brochure with your colleagues.  

Your Disease Risk Tool

Developed by WU faculty Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, this site offers risk assessments for 12 different cancers plus four other important chronic diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Work-Life Solutions (EAP)

Find a Provider tool 
A new service through WashU's EAP, GuidanceConnect, now allows WashU employees to search through a network of therapists to find someone who meets an individual's clinical needs and preferences, as well as narrow it down by zip code. 

WashU's Recognition Days

Celebrate your team May 23rd - June 17th
During this time of appreciation, we celebrate our dedicated staff members, distinguished honors awardees, and our 2022 service milestone recipients for continued service to the university. Beginning May 23rd, visit the Recognition Hub for celebratory engagement activities, appreciation videos from our leaders, and a list of our awardees and milestone recipients.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Lauren Buschhorn, MS, CHES®

Wellness Coordinator
As part of a new segment, each month we will highlight a Wellness Connection team member. This month will feature Wellness Coordinator Lauren Buschhorn. 
Wellness Connection is an employee health initiative that, in partnership with Washington University experts, offers opportunities for employees to improve their physical and emotional well-being. This initiative focuses on developing evidence-based programs and making personal connections to provide employees with valuable and fun experiences that improve their health. We aim to foster a culture that prioritizes employee health and well-being as integral to the mission of teaching, research, and patient care, and create an environment where the healthier choice is the easiest choice; where employees are empowered to choose wellness.
Wellness Connection Champions help us understand the needs within different work environments, promote the importance of personal health, and encourage their coworkers to engage in wellness program offerings. 
Questions / Comments?
Email nikki.hafner@wustl.edu
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