2020 Wellness Incentives/Credits

In 2020, Norwich University will continue to offer employees the opportunity to reduce their bi-weekly medical premiums by satisfying certain requirements. Norwich applies an initial $20 wellness premium surcharge to every benefit eligible employee’s base medical premium. Employees have the opportunity to achieve two separate $10 incentives by:

Being Tobacco Free or Completing or Enrolled in a Cessation Program:

All benefit eligible employees who do not or did not use tobacco in 2019 or who are currently enrolled in a cessation program during the 2019 calendar year will attest to being tobacco free by completing a declaration at annual open enrollment. For those who attest they are tobacco free, an incentive of $10 will be applied towards their overall cost of benefits.

Current tobacco users who are making attempts to quit are eligible to receive free nicotine replacements (for example, patches, gum, and lozenges) through Cigna (www.mycigna.com). The Vermont Quit Network is available for additional support at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) or www.802quits.org

Having Completed an annual Physical in 2019 or Having Scheduled an Annual Physical in 2020:

Because completion of an annual physical and preventive screenings, such as paps, mammograms, colorectal screenings, prostate cancer screenings, etc., recommended by your primary care provider is a critical component of wellness, all benefit eligible employees who had an annual physical and recommended screenings during the 2019 calendar year (or who have one scheduled in 2020) will receive a $10 premium incentive to reduce their bi-weekly premiums for health insurance in 2020. You will be asked to attest to this by completing a declaration during Open Enrollment.

You are also encouraged to obtain any immunizations recommended by your provider.

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The Ergonomics of Working From Home

From Rebecca Schubert – GMHEC

With so much to think about in our new reality of working from home, one thing that we often fail to consider until it’s too late is the ergonomics of our home work space. over time poor ergonomics can lead to musculoskeletal issues including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, back and neck pain as well as headache, fatigue and decreased productivity. By using the simple acronym NEW we can get our ergonomics in check and stay healthy and productive when working from home.

N – Neutral Posture: a neutral seated posture should include sitting with the neck straight, shoulders straight down loosely at the sides, elbows at a right angle, wrists straight, low back supported on the back rest of the chair, 90o at the hips, 90o at the knees, and feet should be flat on the floor or on a footrest. An adjustable chair or desk, mouse and wrist pad can be very helpful in achieving neutral posture. 

E – Eye and Elbow Height: Whether seated or standing – ensure that the keyboard and mouse are positioned at the elbow level. The top of the monitor should be at or slightly below eye height. Keeping the monitor about an arm’s length away will help reduce eye strain. Dual monitors should be located closely together and at the same height and distance so that the eyes do not have to re-focus and the head does not turn significantly when looking between the monitors.

W – Work Area: Keep items that are used frequently in the primary work zone which is the area when elbows are at the sides and items that are used less often in the secondary work zone or area within the outstretched arms. The keyboard and mouse should be positioned in the primary work zone, centered with the user and monitors.

A few other things to keep in mind are to take frequent stretch and movement breaks, practice the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eye strain and adjust lighting to reduce glare. Check out the CDC’s computer workstation checklist here to make sure your work space is on par to support your best health, energy and productivity.