Explore Your UCI Perks & Discounts

As members of the Anteater community, faculty, staff and retirees have access to a variety of discounts exclusively available to UCI affiliates. Take advantage of these money-saving opportunities and perks from free tax preparation to discount gym membership and fitness classes. Visit the UCI Wellness website for a full list of available offers.

Midsection of mid adult Asian woman adjusting balance weight scaleJoin Weight Watchers at Work Anytime

UCI Wellness is presenting Weight Watchers at Work for employees, a pre-paid series held on campus starting Wednesday, March 15. Those who register will have access to group support meetings and a suite of digital tools. A free information session will be held 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the Student Health Center conference room. Visit the UCI Wellness website for additional information.

Health and Fitness Friday Workshop

Join your coworkers noon Friday, March 17, at the Anteater Recreation Center for “Chronic Lower Back Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment Options,” the next installment of Health & Fitness Fridays. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime. Attendees will learn how to diagnose, treat and manage pain from Dr. Yashar Eshraghi, assistant clinical professor of anesthesia and perioperative care. Register through the UC Learning Center.


Bottles of chemicals in laboratoryHandling Controlled Substances

Do you have questions about to how purchase or receive approval to handle controlled substances for your research? For more information, please visit Environmental Health & Safety’s “Controlled Substances Program” home page or contact the Controlled Substances Program coordinator directly at 949-824-1616 or occhtlth@uci.edu.

webinar word on digital tabletUpcoming Family and Relationships Webinars

ComPsych Guidance Resources, UCI’s employee assistance program, is presenting two webinars this month on family and relationships. Register to attend “Life After Divorce: Landing on Your Feet” noon Thursday, March 9, and/or “Letting Go of the Things That Hold You Back” noon Tuesday, March 21. If you register and are unable to attend, ComPsych will email you the recorded webinar. Previous EAP webinars also are available to view on demand. Visit the EAP website for a full list and to register for upcoming webinars.

Smoking Cessation Seminar

Thinking about quitting smoking? You don’t have to do it alone. Join your fellow Anteaters at a free smoking cessation seminar 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion in the Student Center. Participants will receive free nicotine patches, a quit kit, workbook and counseling. Register through EEE.


Using smartphoneGet Connected with Anthem Blue Cross & OptumRx for a Chance to Win Prizes

New online and mobile tools offered by Anthem Blue Cross and OptumRx make it easier to manage your health, make smarter decisions, and get the care you need on your own schedule. Now through Friday, March 31, UC employees, retirees and dependents enrolled in select healthcare plans can win prizes, including a $2,500 vacation gift card from Mobile Health Consumer, by registering and downloading mobile apps from Anthem and OptumRx. Learn more here (PDF).

Tax Form 1095-C, Tax Form Details for Tax Season with Light BackgroundAvailability of IRS Form 1095

In the coming weeks, UC employees and retirees will receive forms verifying their health coverage for 2016 – a requirement of the Affordable Care Act. UC employees who are considered full time by ACA standards (those who work 75 percent time or more) will receive Form 1095-C from UC. Members of UC’s self-insured plans – Core and UC Care – also will receive Form 1095-B from UC. Members of UC’s insured plans – Health Net, Kaiser and UC Health Savings Plan – will receive Form 1095-B from their plan.