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Physical Wellness

Physical wellness is the ability to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. It is comprised of the understanding and recognition that our behaviors have a significant influence on our quality of life. Healthy habits like regular exercise and a balanced diet should be reinforced, while destructive habits such as abusing food, tobacco, drugs, and alcohol should be avoided.

Diabetes Education

The HealthPoint Wellness Program, RecSports and Seton Diabetes Education Center have partnered to bring Diabetes Education to the UT Austin campus at no cost to UT Austin employees with type 2 diabetes and who have UT Select health insurance. (You must be enrolled in Blue Care Connection Condition Management to take the class free of charge.) Find out all of the details.

Nutrition/Weight Management

FIT! Weight Loss Express — Weight Loss Express is a 12-week, 30-minute interactive nutrition and weight loss education class.

Jenny Craig — UT Select plan members are eligible for discounts to Jenny Craig through the Blue Extras Weight Management Discount Program. Jenny Craig can help you achieve your weight loss goals through one-on-one support provided by a trained weight loss consultant. For more information, log-on to your UT Select Medical Plan account. Select the icon for the Blue Extras on the right side.

Blue Care Connection Weight Management Program — UT Select Medical Plan members have access to the Blue Care Connection Weight Management Program at no additional charge. This program offers guidance and support through personal motivational telephone coaching, an action plan for your lifestyle, online tools and discounts to wellness-related products and services. For more information or to enroll, please call 1-866-882-2034.

Healthy Meetings — Use Meeting Well by the American Cancer Society to plan healthy meetings and events.

Fast Food Nutrition Guide — Download a free copy of the Fast Food Nutrition Guide. This guide uses an easy to follow stoplight code to help you decide which foods to eat at your favorite fast food restaurants.

Physical Activity

Healty Strides — Tips, information and resources for starting a walking program.

Get FIT — Get FIT is a 12-week exercise and weight loss program administered by FIT staff. This program involves three workouts and one luncheon seminar each week. In addition to the exercise and weekly seminar, Get FIT also includes before and after DEXA Body Composition tests allowing each participant to see changes in fat, muscle, and bone.

RecSports — A RecSports membership provides you with all the benefits of a full service gym, right here on campus. RecSports is an incredible place to take a break from work to exercise, play, relax and pursue a healthy lifestyle.┬áMembers receive access to many opportunities for health and wellness. The eight facilities managed by RecSports feature early morning and late evening hours for a total of 110 hours per week. Most notably, Gregory Gym, Bellmont 326 and the Recreational Sports Center open at 6am weekdays.

The UT Select Medical Plan also offers a discount at Life Time Fitness. For more information, logon to your UT Select Medical Plan account. Select the icon for Blue Extras Discount Program on the right side.

For even more great discounts on fitness activities, check out the Employee Discount Program, which has over 20 offers to local work out programs.

Staying Healthy (Prevention)

100% Preventive Care Coverage — The UT Select Medical plan offers many preventive screenings and services with no copayment or coinsurance as long as you see a network provider and meet certain screening eligibility requirements. Some examples of services covered under this provision include:

  • Routine physical exam
  • Well-woman exam
  • Immunizations - all ages
  • Osteoporosis screening
  • Colonoscopy
  • Mammogram

Please be aware that you may incur some cost if the preventive service is not the primary purpose of the visit or if your doctor bills for services that are not preventive. Eligible services are outlined in the Federal Regulations based on U.S. Preventive Service Task Force Recommendations.

Tobacco Cessation

The HealthPoint Wellness Program is committed to helping faculty and staff who wish to quit using tobacco. We offer a wide array of services, including free nicotine replacement therapy and in-person, online and telephonic counseling. See information on our free onsite classes or visit the Tobacco-free Campus website for a full list of resources.

Living Well with a Chronic Condition (Condition Management)

Condition Management is a voluntary health improvement program, provided by UT Select at no addition cost to members, which can help members with congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and diabetes. To learn more about this voluntary health improvement program, call 1-800-462-3275.

Telephonic Pharmacist Specialist. Pharmacist Specialists are available through the Medco Therapeutic Resource Center. If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, diabetes or any other condition, this program offers improvements in the quality and affordability of pharmacy care. For more information, call 1-800-818-0155.

Special Beginnings

Special Beginnings, provided by BCBSTX at no additional cost through your UT Select Medical plan, is designed to help you better understand and manage your pregnancy. You will have access to pregnancy-related educational materials covering prenatal and postpartum nutrition, healthy life choices, fetal development, and newborn care. Call during your first trimester to enroll: 1-888-421-7781. Complete the program after delivery and receive a $50 reward card from Target.

Lactation/Quiet Rooms

Lactation/Quiet Rooms are available for nursing mothers or for those who require a place to rest due to medical reasons involving a non-contagious condition.

24/7 Nurseline

The 24/7 Nurseline is available to you and your family provided by BCBSTX at no additional cost through your UT Select medical plan. Get answers to your health care questions, information about major medical issues, chronic illness support, and lifestyle change support. Call toll-free: 1-888-315-9473, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Other resources

Cancer Resources

Preventing cancer and early detection

Work with your healthcare provider to develop a personal plan for cancer screenings based on your age, sex, family history and risk factors.

Resources if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer

Turn to the experts for help

Talk to your healthcare provider about available treatment options, including clinical trials. Here is more information on clinical trials and links to find specific trials.

If you are aware of helpful services or information that should be listed on this page please let us know by emailing Healthpoint.wellness@austin.utexas.edu.