Want to Talk About It?

by Alyssa Janssen Significant life changes can cause major stress in a person’s life and make a person feel as though they are stuck, which is when Leticia Flores says is the best time to reach out for some help. Changes can come in many forms such as divorce, the death of a loved one, … Continued


Try, Try Again

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This phrase is applicable to many different situations. When someone is turned down for a job: try, try again. When a relationship doesn’t work out: try, try again. And Dr. Karen Johnson gives the same advice to those who have tried, and failed, to quit smoking: … Continued


When April Showers Bring May Allergies

by Lauren Hood Spring is a season of warm sunshine, blooming dogwoods and pastel colors. For some people, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. They shake off the layers of cold winter coats and welcome the warm, fresh air that comes with springtime. For other people, spring means headaches, sneezing and itchy throats. … Continued


A Reminder from UTHSC Family Nurse Practitioner Marie Bredy:

Any time something is free—do take advantage of it, especially pertaining to good health. Primary prevention is key to averting the development of diseases. Our insurance coverage allows for free annual physicals, blood work, vaccinations, immunizations, screenings, coaching and more. Continuing relationships with your medical providers is necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If a … Continued


The State of Health in Tennessee

Focusing on health and wellness begs the question, “How healthy are we?” Here’s a look at some statistics provided by the state’s Working for a Healthier Tennesseeinitiative. How do We Compare? Tennessee is the 44th healthiest state—just six spots from the bottom.1 Physical Activity Nearly two-thirds of Tennesseans get less than 2 ½ hours of aerobic … Continued


Ready to Quit?

Ready to Quit? Quitting tobacco is difficult—and quitting for good often requires several attempts—but the benefits of quitting are significant, and the state of Tennessee offers a range of cessation services to help employees who want to quit. MORE THAN 23 PERCENT OF TENNESSEANS CURRENTLY SMOKE. NATIONAL AVERAGE IS 18.4 PERCENT1 1 IN 5 DEATHS IN THE U.S. IS DUE TO … Continued


Addressing Obesity and Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices

While one out of every three Tennesseans is obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s important to realize that the core problem isn’t obesity—it’s the combination of multiple unhealthy lifestyle choices. To help Tennesseans understand how to overcome health-related challenges, UT Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences division has put together … Continued

Tips from a Trainer

Take Advantage of Free, Confidential Counseling Services

Whether you may be experiencing divorce, loss of a loved one, financial crisis, or other personal issues, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you. The program provides free, confidential counseling to help employees and family members in times of need. All regular UT employees working 75 percent time or more and their spouses … Continued


Employee Feedback: Success Stories and Tips

Health Coaching Helps Maintain Commitment and Focus Mary Askew tries to eat right and stay active. She visits the doctor on a regular basis and quit smoking six years ago. But her health coach through the Partnership Promise keeps her focused on daily health maintenance. Askew is a diabetic and her coach, Peggy, calls to … Continued