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2015 President's Cabinet Awards Applications Available Online
--- -- --- VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY --- -- ---
LAST DAY FOR KS CREATIONS AT VICTORY LAKES!
Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
New IS Service Desk Software
APRIL IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY MONTH
Structural Biology Symposium
Ride a Van to Work
***TODAY***Sponsored Projects Management
2015 Public Health Symposium
ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Microcirculation in Acute Infections Symposium
Earth Day Art Contest
TODAY: Pepper Investigators Lecture - Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

Repeat AnnouncementsFirst Published
UTMB LASIK SPECIALIST OFFERS EXCELLENCE, EXPERIENCE, & VALUE3/30/2015
PMCH Seminar Series3/30/2015
CARPOOL FOR HOUSTON SUGARLAND3/26/2015
Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar3/30/2015
GENERAL AND CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY GRAND ROUNDS3/30/2015
Neuroscience Grand Rounds3/30/2015
**RURAL & UNDERSERVED TRAVEL AWARDS FOR YEAR 4 MEDICAL STUDENTS**3/31/2015
Register now for the 2015 UT System Physical Activity Challenge and start earning rewards!3/31/2015

2015 President's Cabinet Awards Applications Available Online
First Published 4/1/2015

 

The President's Cabinet Awards Committee seeks proposals for the 2015 President's Cabinet Awards.  The theme of this year's awards is The UTMB Health - Galveston Community:  Building our Future Together.  This theme explicitly recognizes the share interests of the university and its surrounding community in promoting a vibrant and supportive environment on Galveston Island.  Projects that mobilize the creativity, ingenuity and dedication of the students, staff and faculty of UTMB to benefit the community are especially encouraged.

Proposal forms can be downloaded online at www.utmb.edu/cabinet

Submission deadline is Friday, May 29 at 4:30 PM in room 5.128 of Rebecca Sealy.

Winning projects will be announced by September 1.  

 

 

Contact:     Email: Marie Marczak     For: Development     Phone: 409-747-4876     Fax: 409-747-3350
 
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--- -- --- VANPOOL FOR CLEAR LAKE - LEAGUE CITY --- -- ---
First Published 4/1/2015


Our van has an immediate opening for Clear Lake and League City riders.  Ideal for the Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm, work shift.  Pick up riders at Bay Area Park & Ride and Sportsplex parking lot in League City.  Stops at the 9th St. and Market St. circle.

For more information, please contact Luz Cheng at (409) 682-1766 or email lcheng@utmb.edu.       

Thanks!

Contact:     Email: Luz Cheng     For: EHS - Radiation Safety Program     Phone: 21781
 
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LAST DAY FOR KS CREATIONS AT VICTORY LAKES!
First Published 4/1/2015

LAST DAY FOR K’S CREATIONS AT VICTORY LAKES!

 

Take advantage of the last day at Victory Lakes for K’s Creations.  Folks are buzzing  about the fun items and good service. 

Check out a great collection of gifts  including Austrian crystal night lights, decorative angels and crosses, women’s  clothing

and accessories, Amazing Stretchable Popcorn Shirts which fit most (Small to Extra Large), scarves, fashion jewelry, and new merchandise.

It’s such an easy way to shop!

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST

8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

 

VICTORY LAKES

SURGICAL SPECIALTY CARE CENTER

 

Cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express are all accepted.

 

Proceeds benefit patient and volunteer programs.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

 

Contact:     Email: Mary Moody     For: Volunteer Services     Phone: 22549
 
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Infectious Diseases & Immunity Colloquium
First Published 4/1/2015

Presents

"Using Systems Biology Approaches to Understand How Lethal Human Coronaviruses Manipulate the Host Immune Response"

by

Amy C. Sims, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Epidemiology

The University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

2.212 Basic Science Auditorium

All interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Contact:     Email: Marcela Rubio     For: Microbiology & Immunology     Phone: 28140
 
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New IS Service Desk Software
First Published 4/1/2015

We are excited to announce that we will be moving forward with our new Service Desk Management Suite, LANDesk, which will replace our current Service Desk ticket management system on April 13, 2015

While our existing solution is great for ticket management, this new suite provides us a collaborative and comprehensive toolset to better manage the needs of our users. 

During this transition users will be unable to submit requests using ishelp@utmb.edu from 5:30pm on April 10th through 8:00am on April 13th. Instead, tickets will only be submitted by contacting the Service Desk via phone at x25200.

The following is a short training video for users showing the functions of the new Self Service Portal. https://www.fuzemeeting.com/replay_meeting/3e8b17c9/6669078

Contact:     Email: Brian Sharpless     For: IS - OPS - Technical Services     Phone: 409-266-2324
 
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APRIL IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY MONTH
First Published 4/1/2015

Occupational Therapy... Transforming Lives, Building Independence

Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistants are part of a vitally important profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.  Their holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations, assist a person recovering from injuries to regain skills, aid an older adult to stay as independent as possible, and offer the specialized support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances that only occupational therapy can provide.

Congratulations to all UTMB's Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants!

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Contact:     Email: Karen Kunz, OTR     For: Rehabilitation Services     Phone: 772-8884     Fax: 772-8881
 
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Structural Biology Symposium
First Published 4/1/2015

Celebrating 20 Years

Annual Structural Biology Symposium

Presented by the Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

May 2, 2015

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Levin Hall

 Register online at www.scsb.utmb.edu/symposium for more details  

 

Contact:     Email: Angelina Johnson     For: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology     Phone: 209-772-8083
 
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Ride a Van to Work
First Published 4/1/2015

Relax and let someone else do the driving.  I have a seat available today.

If you work 8-5 and are interested please contact me.

A.M. Departure - Bay Area Park-n-Ride at 7:00 AM arriving at UTMB 7:45 AM

P.M. Departure - UTMB at 5:07 PM arriving Bay Area Park-n-Ride 5.55 PM

Contact:     Email: Angelina Johnson     For: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology     Phone: 409-772-8083
 
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***TODAY***Sponsored Projects Management
First Published 4/1/2015

In an effort to provide on-going education regarding the management of federally sponsored projects, Research Services offers a 3-session Sponsored Projects Management course taught by Research Services personnel.

The goal of the Sponsored Projects Management course is to provide the UTMB research community with tools and knowledge so that they are responsible custodians for the federal funds they manage.

Session 1: Introduction to Sponsored Projects Administration
Wednesday, April 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Session 2: Proposal Preparation and Processing
Wednesday, April 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Session 3: Project Management
Wednesday, April 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

All sessions will be in Rebecca Sealy Hospital East, Room 4.302/4.304

It's not too late to register at https://my.utmb.edu/PStraining

Prerequisites for the course are “Research Financial Grants Management” and “General Level of Effort Reporting & ECRT Training.” Upon registration in Sponsored Projects Management, you will be assigned the two online courses if necessary, and you will need to complete them prior to attending the Sponsored Projects Management sessions.

For more information about this course, go to http://research.utmb.edu/Education/sponsoredprograms101.aspx.  Please contact Heidi Lutz at Ext. 69432, or Christy Taylor at Ext. 69431, with any questions.

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Contact:     Email: Research Education     For: Research Services     Phone: 69431
 
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2015 Public Health Symposium
First Published 4/1/2015

The Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health will sponsor the 2015 Public Health Symposium

Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Lee, MA
Center for Public Policy Priorities

 “Making Texas The #1 State for Children”

April 7th
William C. Levin Hall dining Room

 Poster Session 3:00 - 4:00pm 
Keynote Speaker 5:00 - 6:00pm

Reception to follow

Contact:     Email: Shannon Carroll     For: PMCH     Phone: 26635
 
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ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Microcirculation in Acute Infections Symposium
First Published 4/1/2015

 The Microcirculation in Acute Infections
A Symposium in Honor of David H. Walker, MD

The abstract deadline has been extended to Tuesday, April 14, 2015 for the upcoming Microcirculation in Acute Infections symposium. This challenging and stimulating scientific conference will be held on April 27-29, 2015 at Levin Hall on the UTMB campus. The goal for the symposium is to facilitate interactions among researchers with diverse expertise in various aspects of microcirculation, particularly in regard to acute infectious viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases that cause significant morbidity or mortality in humans. Speakers who are leaders in the field will discussvascular permeability, coagulation, inflammation, and immunity.

A poster session will be held to encourage additional scientific contributions to the meeting, and to provide a forum for interactions among junior and senior researchers. Additional speakers will be selected to give short talks from submitted abstracts. A Workshop on Technical Advances will be held on the afternoon of April 29th, and will include the following topics: (1) cutting-edge advances in imaging, including advanced microscopy; (2) tissue engineering and 3-dimensional in vitro modeling; (3) the role of microRNAs in vascular disease and as potential therapeutics; and (4) mouse models of vascular disease.

The symposium will honor the contributions of Dr. David H. Walker to education, infectious diseases research, and medicine. Dr. Walker served as the Chair in the Department of Pathology at UTMB for 27 years until he stepped down this past June. Dr. Walker is currently a Professor of Pathology and holder of the Carmage and Martha Walls Distinguished University Chair in Tropical Diseases. Dr. Walker also serves as Executive Director of the UTMB Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, and his research interests center on obligately intracellular bacteria transmitted by arthropod vectors.

Registration is $250, and only $75 for students and fellows. The registration deadline is April 19.

Contact Angela Culler to pay the registration fee using an interdepartmental transfer (anculler@utmb.edu; x72464).  Please visit the meeting registration web site at http://tinyURL.com/Microcirc2015for additional information.

Partial support provided by University of Texas Medical Branch McLaughlin Endowment, the Office of the Provost, and the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Contact:     Email: Angela Culler     For: Center for Biodefense & Emerging Infectious Diseases     Phone: 72464     Fax: 70762
 
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Earth Day Art Contest
First Published 4/1/2015

 UTMB Health Earth Day Celebration Art Contest 2015

“Plug in to the Power of Green”

Contest Objective:  To encourage UTMB Health staff, students, faculty and surrounding community to embrace conservation, recycling and sustainable efforts by actively participating in the UTMB Health Earth Day Art Contest.

 Rules:

  • The contest is open to all.
  • Design must reflect ways to conserve energy resource consumption that will keep our environment clean and healthy for future generations. Examples include: turning lights off, solar power/solar panels, windmills, adjusting thermostats, riding bikes, electric cars, walking, gasoline pumps, barrels of oil, trees/lumber, turning off water faucets, turning air conditioning off, using a fan.  
  • Artwork should be submitted on an 8½ x 11 inch white sheet of paper and fill the page.
  • Use no more than fivecolors to create the artwork; Use bright, boldcolors only.· Any media acceptable for the artwork but should lend its self to be reproduced on T-shirts and posters.
  •  Artwork containing promotional material (e.g., company logos, brand names) will be disqualified.
  • The contest information must be attached (form below) to the back of the artwork.
  • All entries become the property of UTMB Health.
  • Mail entries to: UTMB Health Earth Day Art Contes, Attn: Diana Davison, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-0920
  •  

 Deadline:  Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, Tuesday, April 7, 2015; The winner will be selected in April 2015.

 Prizes:

  • The winning artwork will be displayed on the UTMB Heath campus and will appear on official UTMB Health Earth Day 2015 T-shirts, posters and other promotional items.
  • The winner of the contest will receive recognition at the 23rd Annual UTMB Health Earth Day celebration on Friday, May 1, 2015.
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Contact:     Email: Diana Davison     For: HPLA- Community Relations     Phone: 409-747-2739
 
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TODAY: Pepper Investigators Lecture - Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR
First Published 4/1/2015

Please join us for the next Pepper Investigators Lecture:

April 1, 2015

Noon-1pm

RS 6.100

Post-Acute Care: Reform and Readmission

Presented by

Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair

Professor & Director, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

Associate Director, Sealy Center on Aging

 

*Lunch provided, first come, first served*

Contact:     Email: Stephanie Burt     For: Sealy Center on Aging     Phone: 409-266-9675
 
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UTMB LASIK SPECIALIST OFFERS EXCELLENCE, EXPERIENCE, & VALUE
First Published 3/30/2015

Tired of the hassle of glasses and contacts? Thinking about LASIK? LASIK eye care specialist Dr. Kevin H. Merkley offers patients excellence, experience and value. In alliance with Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire, UTMB’s Dr. Merkley now is offering UTMB employees custom LASIK at special pricing ranging from $495 to $1,395 per eye for UTMB employees and their family members.

With more than 17 years of LASIK experience, Dr. Merkley usesproven wavefront and excimer LASIK technology to provide a completely customized LASIK experience to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

Wondering if LASIK is right for you? Call 1-866-685-6995 today to schedule your free LASIK evaluation Joffe MediCenter in Bellaire.Be sure to tell them you’re with UTMB! Click here to friend UTMB Health Eye Center on Facebook to learn more about eye health and Eye Center news.

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Contact:     Email: Call Joffe Today!     For: Ophthalmology     Phone: 1-866-685-6995
 
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PMCH Seminar Series
First Published 3/30/2015

HURRICANE EVACUATION AND THE DECISION TO EVACUATE ON THE TEXAS GULF COAST

Susan C. Weller, PhD,
Dept of PMCH
University of Texas Medical Branch

&

Roberta Baer, PhD
Dept of Anthropology
University of South Florida

Thursday, April 2nd
Noon
1.104 Ewing Hall

Lunch Provided

Contact:     Email: Brittany Wallace     For: PMCH     Phone: 21128
 
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CARPOOL FOR HOUSTON SUGARLAND
First Published 3/26/2015

Our carpool has an opening for a rider willing to drive one day per week.  We meet at the Metro Missouri City Park and Ride Lot at 13849 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77085 (intersection of Fondren and Beltway 8).

 

For more information, please contact Quinton Morgan qamorgan@utmb.edu  or ext. 23540.

Contact:     Email: Quinton Morgan     For: Finance     Phone: 409-772-3540
 
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Microbiology and Immunology Student Research Update Seminar
First Published 3/30/2015

The Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program Presents

"Contribution of Non-Structural Protein Genes to the Attenuated Phenotype of yellow fever 17D-204 Vaccine Strain"

by

Natalie Collins

Research Interest: Virology, specifically genetic determinate of attenuation of Yellow Fever

Mentor: Alan Barrett, PhD

Friday, April 3, 2015

Levin Hall 3.324

 

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Contact:     Email: Aneth Zertuche     For: Microbiology and Immunology     Phone: 772-2322
 
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GENERAL AND CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY GRAND ROUNDS
First Published 3/30/2015

GENERAL AND CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY GRAND ROUNDS
April 1, 2015
8:00 a.m.
6.106 Mccullough Building

"What's new in Lung Cancer"

David White, MD
Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Duke Raleigh Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Duke University Medical Center

 

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

1. Describe trends in mediastinal staging for lung cancer.
2. Review the rate of nodal upstaging with open vs. minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer.
3. Identify prognostic variability of different subtypes of pulmonary adenocarcinoma
.

Educational Method: Lecture

Target Audience: Faculty/MDs, Residents, Students, and Alumni

Disclosure Statement (Speaker): Dr. White has no financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members): Dr. Kristene Gugliuzza, Ms. Erica Ruiz, and Ms. Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 52 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Contact:     Email: Dana Wyatt     For: Department of Surgery     Phone: 409.772.5666
 
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Neuroscience Grand Rounds
First Published 3/30/2015

 

Neuroscience Grand Rounds

Department of Neurology and Division of Neurosurgery

 

Presents

Christopher R. Thomas, M.D.

Robert L. Stubblefield Professor of Child Psychiatry

Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

UTMB

 

"Aggression, A Neuropsychiatric Perspective"

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

9:00 a.m.

Research Building 6, Room 2.312

 

Objectives:

1.  List the neural systems involved in aggressive behavior.

2.  Reocgnize the constitutional and environmental factors increasing the risk for aggression.

3.  Describe the treatments for aggression.

Disclosure Statement (Speaker):  Dr. Thomas has no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Disclosure Statement (Planning Committee Members):  Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, Dr. Joel Patterson, Michele Sefcik, and Brenda Johnson have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.

Accreditation Statement:  The University of Texas medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Categorfy 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Contact:     Email: Michele Sefcik     For: Neurology     Phone: 772-8053
 
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**RURAL & UNDERSERVED TRAVEL AWARDS FOR YEAR 4 MEDICAL STUDENTS**
First Published 3/31/2015

Rural and Underserved Travel Awards for Year 4 Medical Students
Academic Year 2014-15

Medical students are often interested in spending time in rural and underserved areas, and have the opportunity to schedule such rotations as Elective Rotations or for an Ambulatory Community Selective.  Cost of housing and travel for these rotations can be a deterrent. 

Support will be made available of funds up to $1,000 for students who must provide their own housing and transportation to rural or underserved areas for these rotations.  Students will need to show receipts documenting that funds were spent for housing in those communities.  Support can also be applied to the cost of a single round-trip to the underserved or rural community. 

During the 2015 school year interested students can apply to the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine for support.  A letter must be sent by email indicating the following: 

Name of Student
Course desired or previously completed
Name of hospital or clinic 
Location (town or city, county)
What about this location makes it rural or underserved?  Is it designated at
http://www.hrsa.gov/shortage/find.html as meeting criteria?

Amount of support requested (budgeted amount for a rotation in the future, or actual amount for a completed rotations)

• Actual cost of housing can be covered
• Mileage to and from the community can be covered at UTMB rate

 A 300-500-word essay must be submitted electronically to rmlindle@utmb.edu following the rotation.  Essay should describe the experience, and indicate how the rotation influenced the student’s personal and academic goals, as well as any changes made in the applicant’s perception of patient autonomy or the doctor-patient relationship.  Pictures can be included.  Original receipts for housing and request for mileage reimbursement at the state reimbursement rate (currently $0.575 per mile) should be submitted to the McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine, 8th Floor Rebecca Sealy, Rt. 0162. 

Two awards will be given during each half of the Academic Year.  Students will be reimbursed after the rotation up to $1,000 when essay, receipts and mileage are submitted. 

Deadline for rotations: Periods 7-12, April 15, 2015
Notification: April 30, 2015

Contact:     Email: Rosemary Lindley     For: John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine     Phone: ext. 79681
 
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Register now for the 2015 UT System Physical Activity Challenge and start earning rewards!
First Published 3/31/2015

Team up with UTMB for the 2015 UT System Physical Activity Challenge. This six-week physical activity challenge is hosted through the Living Well online platform, and it is open to all UT SELECT medical plan members.

  • The challenge begins Monday, April 6, and ends Sunday, May 17. Register for the challenge now through Friday, April 10, and track your activity at https://livingwell.provantonline.com.
  • Your goal is to complete 50,000 steps per week – or the equivalent activity – for at least five weeks out of the six-week challenge. You also must complete the authorization survey and the 2015 health assessment before the challenge ends to have your activity count.
  • Employees who participate in the challenge will be eligible for rewards – a starter kit, t-shirt and picnic blanket! Click here for more information on earning and collecting your rewards. 
  • Please note that starter kits will be available for pick up in the main lobby of the John Sealy Hospital on April 1, 6 and 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Employees at our mainland locations, including CMC and the Angleton Danbury Campus, may pick up their starter kit from the location’s designated Wellness Champion. Proof of registration, such as your confirmation email from Living Well, is required to receive your incentive. 
  • UT System will award the Physical Activity Challenge Traveling Trophy to the institution with the greatest challenge registration and completion rate.
  • If you are not a UT SELECT medical plan member, please contact the Health Promotion and Wellness team to find out how you can get involved.

For more information about the 2015 UT System Physical Activity Challenge and how you can earn rewards, click here

Contact:     Email: Health Promotion and Wellness     For: Human Resources     Phone: (409) 772-3689
 
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