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myHR: November 8, 2017

Healthy Signs of a Tobacco-Free Campus

Tobacco-free together logo

You see them all over campus—healthy signs that Penn is becoming a tobacco-free community. We’re removing ash urns, cleaning up cigarette litter, and placing new signage and posters everywhere. We’ve also updated the University’s tobacco policy. You can even see it online with the Penn Tobacco-Free Campus Team’s new Tobacco-Free Together video.

“Tobacco-Free Together” is more than a slogan; it’s the most effective way to achieve a healthier environment. Since breaking powerful habits is a challenging process, it takes more than signs, policies, promotions, or events to make Penn truly tobacco-free. It’s not just a job for smokers. Everyone can help by being supportive and understanding.

That’s why Penn offers an array of tobacco-cessation services to support faculty and staff who want our whole community to enjoy freedom from smoking.

The upcoming Great American Smokeout on November 16 is an excellent time to get started—or to start again—on the road to tobacco-free living with help from these Penn benefits and resources.

StayWell’s Tobacco Cessation Coaching Program
The program, free to benefits-eligible faculty and staff, combines personal coaching over the phone and up to 12 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy delivered to your door. Be in the Know participants can earn 30 Bonus Action points for completing this program. Call 1-855-428-6324 to get started or visit and click My Incentive>Bonus Actions: Online StayWell Programs> StayWell Tobacco Cessation Program for details.

Penn’s Medical Plans
For tobacco cessation programs and resources available through Penn’s medical plans, visit Penn’s medical plan options site and select the link for your plan provider.

Penn’s Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program
This clinical program, available to all faculty and staff, is designed to help participants quit smoking by learning its effects on the brain and finding ways to control the problem. Participants meet with a doctor or counselor and make a plan for future care. Talk to your insurance provider to determine any co-pays or required referrals. You can earn 30 Be in the Know Bonus Action points for participating. Visit or call 1-888-PENN-STOP for more information.

Visit for an overview of these benefits and services.

Winning in a New Role

Coworkers shaking hands over desk

Congratulations! You’ve landed a new job. Whether you’re transferring to another school or center, or you’ve earned a promotion within your current department, you’re eager to succeed in your new role.

You only get one chance to make a first impression, so prepare yourself with Succeeding in a New Job on November 14 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. In this free Learning with Lynda workshop, you’ll learn how to apply proven techniques for winning the next phase of your career. Learning with Lynda courses use the University’s enterprise-wide license to provide a blended learning solution to the Penn campus.

First, take the online Succeeding in a New Job course taught by career packaging and marketing expert Dr. Chaz Austin. “Getting the job is one thing. The real win is in keeping it,” says Austin. His concise and engaging course shows you how. The course modules cover the attitudes and actions that will help you accomplish more in your future position.

Next, attend the November 14 on-campus workshop to learn how to put the Succeeding in a New Job lessons into practice with live classroom instruction from a Penn Learning and Education facilitator.

Register online at Knowledge Link to get set for a career relaunch.

Family Caregiving and Financial Matters

Woman with arm around an elderly person

At some point in our lives, most of us will need to care for an aging parent, family member, or friend. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, about 44 million Americans provide 37 billion hours of unpaid “informal” care each year for adult family members and friends. This care can go beyond managing medications, preparing meals, and making trips to the doctor and grocery store. Caregivers may also take on the role of financial planner, helping an aging parent with estate planning and other legal matters. 

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and Penn invites caregivers with financial responsibilities to participate in the Elder Law Basics Work-Life webinar on November 21 at 12 p.m. The discussion, presented by Jay Kearns, Esq., a special needs trust lawyer who specializes in elder law, will focus on what elder law encompasses and how an elder law attorney can help aging individuals. Participants will also learn about estate documents such as powers of attorney, living wills, wills and trusts, and healthcare directives. The webinar also covers the different programs and planning available to help with the costs of long-term care and protecting the assets of your loved ones. Register for the webinar online.

Penn offers other benefits and support all year long to help caregivers do what’s best for their loved ones while staying healthy and productive at work and at home.

Backup Care for children and adults can allow faculty and staff to manage work responsibilities when a care need arises.

Health Advocate can help you navigate the complex waters of the health system.

Senior Care allows staff and faculty to arrange free, in-depth consultations with Masters Level Geriatric Social Workers.

Aetna Life Essentials offers free financial planning and legal support including basic will preparation and health care power of attorney.

Long-term Care Insurance can help cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community, or in a nursing facility.

Penn Memory Center offers evaluations, research opportunities, care consultations, support and information and classes including cognitive fitness and caregiver education and support groups. connects faculty and staff with experienced caregivers for their children, adult family members, and even pets. 

For more information, visit the Wellness and Work-Life resources page. 

Healthy Meals: Aztec Grain Salad

Aztec grain salad

This mix of the high-protein South American grain quinoa, butternut squash, apples, and dried cranberries makes a delicious side dish. 

Find the recipe here.

Click here to send us your healthy recipes and tips. 

Did You Know: Penn Veterans Day Events

On November 10 at 9am, the Veterans@Penn Committee hosts the Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony on College Green. From 3pm to 4:30pm at the Penn Bookstore, attend Women Veterans at Penn Tell Their Stories, a Diversity Lecture Series discussion about the challenges facing women veterans, including the transition from combat to civilian work. Visit for details.



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