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Penn Faculty Benefits News: October 26, 2017

Be in the Know Begins with Biometric Screenings

Three adults walking in autumnPenn’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.*

Get Started with Your Free Biometric Screening
Take the first step to learning more about your health by registering today for your free, confidential biometric screening. Quick, convenient screenings are available at various Penn locations now through November 21. When you complete the biometric screening and the online confidential health assessment you can earn your first $100.

Click the links below to register for a screening near you.

October 30 - November 3
November 6 - 10
November 13 - 17 (Flu vaccines available at the November 14 Morris Arboretum screenings)
November 20 & 21 (Flu vaccines available at the November 20 Houston Hall screenings)
December 1

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 so that low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglyceride levels can be measured.

What’s Next?
Complete your biometric screening to get ready for step two, the online health assessment. Simply visit Penn’s wellness portal,, to begin. If you can't attend an on-campus screening, you can submit biometric screening results from your physician.

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.

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.

Connect with Penn’s Retirement Plan Providers

illustration of money growing out of a clockRetirement planning is always in season. Penn encourages you to connect with our retirement plan providers, TIAA and Vanguard, to take full advantage of their services.

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

Visit the TIAA and Vanguard websites, call toll-free, or schedule a free on-campus counseling session where a representative can help you with your investment choices.


Counseling Sessions with TIAA:
Schedule online or call 800-732-8353


Counseling Sessions with Vanguard:
Schedule online or call 800-662-0106 ext.14500 

By the way, if you haven’t enrolled in Penn’s Matching or Supplemental retirement plans, visit and click Enroll or Make changes now! You can also contact the Retirement Call Center at 1-877-PENN-RET (1-877-736-6738). 

Take a Break to Nurture Your Work-Life

pause break key on computer keyboard

Work-life integration is an ongoing process. It works best when you make time and space to focus on where you are and where you would like to be. To that end, Penn invites faculty and staff to Nurturing Work-Life Integration as a Deliberate Practice: An Experiential Retreat, November 8 noon to 1:30pm, in Houston Hall. Reserve your place at this free special event by registering online now.

Hosted by Mindfulness Leader Jennifer Schelter, this experiential retreat will guide you through practical strategies to nurture your wellbeing through movement, writing, and meditation.

You don’t need to be a “yoga person” or an experienced meditator to benefit from Nurturing Work-Life Integration as a Deliberate Practice. Jennifer Schelter has led and facilitated coaching conversations for authentic growth and wellbeing for a range of professionals from Wharton Advanced Management Program participants to social workers to best-selling novelists.

“Jennifer possesses the combination of experience and formal education that enables her to connect and enrich the lives of a very heterogeneous audience ranging from the skeptical first timer to the very experienced practitioner. I highly commend Jennifer for her gift in bringing Yoga to life to help others find a greater sense of self, purpose and appreciation of our collective humanity.”--David Heckman, Senior Director, Global Partnership and Loyalty Programs, Wharton Executive Education

Register online for Penn’s Work-Life Integration as a Deliberate Practice retreat at

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