Hello Benefits, Employee Benefits Monthly Newsletter

Employee Benefits Monthly Newsletter


October 2019

In This Issue...

  • Open Enrollement
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Halloween Safety Tips
  • Benefits of walking

Open Enrollment will be from October 7–28.

It is a time when you can make changes or add to your health plans without a qualifying event. We will have Open Enrollment presentations from our insurance carriers, and you will have an opportunity to meet them and ask questions.

Presentation dates:

  • Tuesday, October 8
    Westside campus, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., WS I 313
    Main campus, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Student Resource Center (SRC), 204
  • Wednesday, October 9
    Montoya campus, 9:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m., RB 105
    Main campus, 2:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m., Smith Brasher (SB) Auditorium

We will also have Benefit Labs at different campuses for two weeks after the presentations. These labs will be informal with no presentations. Benefits team members will be available to answer your benefit questions and take your enrollment forms. Please visit the Benefits SharePoint site to get dates, times and locations. 2020 Open Enrollment forms will be available on the Benefits SharePoint site as of October 7.

Deadline is October 28 – don’t wait until the last minute!

kids holding 'back to school' banner

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. Although rare, men get breast cancer too. The risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000.

Breast Cancer Awareness month is a time to raise awareness about the importance of finding cancer early. You can do this by spreading the word about the importance of mammograms to detect breast cancer early.

While there’s a definite fear of discovering something, the alternative to failing to discover something serious is even more frightening. You can’t prevent cancer, so it is important to be proactive about your health. Here are a few tips:

  • Encourage women ages 40 + to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • Talk with your doctor about your risk for breast cancer if a close family member had breast or ovarian cancer.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle – stay physically active, eat fruits/vegetables, do not smoke, reduce alcohol consumption

Sources: National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.

kids holding 'back to school' banner

Halloween is a fun time from costumes to candy. Here are some tips to have a safe holiday:

  • Walk on sidewalks on lit streets
  • Give kids flashlights with fresh batteries or glow sticks as braclets/necklaces
  • Always have an adult go trick-or-treating with kids

Older kids should:

  • Know their planned routes & when they will be coming home
  • Carry a cellphone
  • Go in groups & stay together

Keep visiting trick-or-treaters Safe too! Make sure they are safe when visiting your home too.

  • Remove anything that would cause them to trip or fall on your walkway or doorway.
  • Make sure lights are on outside your door.
  • Keep pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they are harmless.
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