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Be in the Know Begins with Biometric Screenings

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Penn’s 2017-2018 Be in the Know wellness campaign, part of Penn Healthy You, gives you an opportunity to improve your wellbeing while earning extra cash. This year, you can receive up to $300.*

3 Steps to Success
For 2017-2018, Be in the Know simplifies participation with 3 Steps to Success:

Step 1: Biometric Screening
Step 2: Online Health Assessment
Step 3: Bonus Actions

The biometric screening and online health assessment are the two Core Actions required to earn your first 100 points and $100.

Get Started with Your Free Biometric Screening
Take the first step to learning more about your health by registering now at for your free, confidential biometric screening. Quick, convenient screenings are available at various Penn locations October 9 through November 21. 

At the biometric screening, a health educator will measure key components of your overall health, including blood pressure, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and blood sugar (glucose) levels. As a new option this year, you can fast before your screening to also learn low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglyceride levels.

What’s Next?

Complete your biometric screening to get ready for step 2, the online health assessment. Beginning in October, this confidential health assessment will be available to you shortly after you finish the biometric screening. Simply visit Penn’s StayWell portal to begin.

What’s New?
Get even more rewards by completing Bonus Actions worth up to 200 additional points for a total of $300 this year, plus a special gift opportunity!

Enjoy new campaign features, such as the “Bring a Friend” biometric screening bonus, simplified credit for preventative health screenings, and earning points for biking to work.

You can use your Be in the Know incentive for Campus Recreation options with no expiration dates this year. 

All returning Be in the Know participants will be entered into a prize drawing.

Check for complete program details and notices.

*You must be an active full- or part-time benefits-eligible faculty or staff member to participate.
All cash incentives are less applicable payroll taxes. Incentives will be issued in November 2017, and monthly from January – September 2018, in paychecks or as Campus Recreation credits. Payment times depend on when you complete the Core Actions and qualifying Bonus Action

Be in the Know is a voluntary wellness program administered in accordance with federal rules. You are not required to participate; however, employees who participate in the biometric screening and online health assessment will receive 100 Core Action points and a $100 cash incentive.

Don’t Miss Penn’s Free Retirement Security Week Events

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For decades, Penn has partnered with TIAA and Vanguard to provide faculty and staff with an outstanding retirement savings plans. Penn offers employees the opportunity to make tax-advantaged contributions to the plan, and TIAA and Vanguard support our plan with a robust investment lineup and a wealth of educational resources.

In recognition of National Retirement Security Week 2017, the Benefits Office will host presentations by TIAA and Vanguard to help you optimize your investments in Penn’s retirement plans. To register for these informative events, click the links below.

TIAA Presentations
Tuesday, October 17, Irvine Auditorium
Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing, 11am – noon
Money at Work 2: Sharpening Investment Skills, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Vanguard Presentations
Wednesday, October 18, Houston Hall
Financial Freedom: Strategies for Reducing Debt and Saving More, 11am – noon
Timeline to Retirement, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Learn more at Penn’s National Retirement Security Week webpage.

By the way, if you haven’t enrolled in Penn’s Matching or Supplemental retirement plans, visit and click "Enroll or Make Changes" now!

Save today for a secure tomorrow!

Work and Family Month Highlights

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October is National Work and Family Month. This month and every month, Penn offers Work-Life programs to help you care for yourself and your loved ones—whether you’re a new parent, paying for senior care, or working on your own personal development.

Here are some highlights from Penn’s Work and Family Month schedule. All programs are free for benefits-eligible faculty and staff. See the full list of events and register here.

Philadelphia School Information Session: October 9 12pm – 2pm
Searching for the right school for your child? Join the Family Resource Center at Penn, other Penn families, plus a panel of representatives from the School District of Philadelphia, charter schools, and local preschools for lunch! Our experts will help inform families about options for public school enrollment and the many excellent preschools in West Philadelphia. Click here to register.

Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning: October 12, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Join trust and estate lawyer Margaret Sager to learn about the importance of estate planning, managing your estate during life, and disposing of your estate through the use of trusts, wills, beneficiary designation forms, and other planning documents. Click here to register.

Financial Freedom: Strategies for Reducing Debt and Saving More: October 13, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Looking for ways to bring your financial life under control? This meeting will teach you how to pay down credit card debt, set up an emergency fund, and save for a comfortable retirement. Click here to register.

Strategies for Work-Life Integration: October 18, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
The phrase “work-life integration” is an update to the traditional "work-life balance." This new framework enables professionals to consider the connections between their work and home lives. In this session we will review ways to create better work-Life integration. Click here to register.

Penn Family Day 25th Anniversary, October 21, 10am – 9pm
A celebration of Penn’s family of faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars, the special day is full of fun, food, athletic events, and other festivities. Visit for the full line up of events and ticket information.

Plan Ahead: Strategies for Caregivers: October 26, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Many people are inadequately prepared to face caring for an aging loved one. Too often, caregivers are forced to sort out different care options in a hurry without a clear understanding of quality and cost. Planning ahead helps families to prepare for the care of an aging family member and mitigate unexpected crisis such as illness or injury. This seminar will address challenges faced by caregivers and the resources available to provide effective support and management of caregiving responsibilities. Click here to register.

Healthy Eating 101: Tips for Kids and Adults, October 30, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Knowing what to eat can be overwhelming! We are bombarded with fads, diets, and ever-changing nutrition messages for children and adults alike—not to mention the temptation of holiday treats. Come and learn how to sort nutrition facts from fad and understand what true healthy eating is all about. Click here to register.

Beyond Work and Family Month

Nurturing Work-Life Integration as a Deliberate Practice: November 8, 12pm – 1:30pmThis 90-minute experiential and engaging work-life harmony retreat will provide an opportunity to calm your mind and take stock for clarity and balance. Jennifer Schelter, Retreat and Mindfulness Leader, will guide you through practical strategies to nurture your wellbeing, including three essential stress relief practices. Jennifer is a renowned inspirational and motivational speaker who focuses on mindfulness strategies for empowering individuals to embrace new beginnings. Click here to register.

Visit Human Resources’ Wellness & Work-Life website during Work and Family month or any time for easy access to resources that can help you balance work and your personal life. 

Healthy Meals: Pan-Baked Tilapia and Roasted Vegetables

serving of roasted vegetables and tilapia on a plate

This one-pan meal, complete with protein-packed tilapia and colorful veggies, makes prep and clean-up easy.

Find the recipe here.

Click here to send us your healthy recipes and tips.

Did You Know? October Flu Shots

Penn faculty and staff can prepare for flu season with a free influenza vaccine from Student Health Service clinics October 11, 12, and 13 in Houston Hall’s Bodek Lounge. Just bring your valid PennCard. Visit for details.