Staying Well with Princeton Benefits, July 2021

July 8, 2021

The pandemic has had an impact on each of us in our own way. In fact, studies show that no one is coming out of this experience unaffected or unchanged. And now, as we resume normal activities and begin to prepare to return to campus, we may face new changes, challenges, and emotions. 

You do not need to face these challenges on your own. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, time management concerns, depression, fear, or any mental health issue, please refer to HR’s new Mental Wellness Resources webpage where you can find information, articles, and videos that can assist you in getting the support you need.

Taking care of your physical, mental, and financial wellness is extremely important. We hope this consolidated presentation of benefits information will help you do just that.


My Health Coach

Standing Firm on Shifting Ground: Maintaining Health During Times of Change
As life begins to return to normal, many of us will need to adapt to changing our schedules and routines. This webinar is designed to help you learn time management techniques, how to use SMART Goals to optimize your health, and how to keep your health a priority during this time.

Thursday, July 22, 11:00 a.m.
Register through Zoom

Having fun in the sun is what summer is all about, but don’t forget about protecting yourself as well. July is Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Awareness Month, a good time to learn how to keep your skin and eyes protected from harmful UV rays.

Introducing a New Parenting Podcast, "Finding Anchor: Parenting in the New Non-Normal" 
Featuring two distinguished co-anchors, Dr. Tim Cavell and Phyllis Fagel, this series presents pragmatic approaches to holistic parenting during a time where there is no parenting playbook to help parents bring health and hope to the family by exploring issues facing kids and parents today. Available on Apple and Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Get more details on the My Health Coach program.


Kindbody provides fertility and family planning services to employees and their spouses enrolled in a Princeton medical plan. They have a convenient new location on Chambers Street in downtown Princeton.

Fertility and Family Planning 101
July 14, 2:30 p.m.
Register through Zoom

Join Dr. Fahimeh Sasan, Kindbody's Founding OB/GYN, for a discussion on their fertility and family-building options, as well as to answer questions like “when is the right time to think about fertility?”  

For more information on fertility benefits, contact Kindbody at (609) 632-1581 or for coverage details. Use access code "Princeton."



The Struggle Is Real: Strategies For Time Management
Managing work, home, and daily life responsibilities all at once can sometimes feel overwhelming. This webinar will discuss realistic strategies for more effective time management and ways to keep yourself motivated.

Thursday, July 15, noon
Register through Zoom

Connect with Tess, a New Interactive Artificial Intelligence Mental Health Tool
By coaching through text message conversations, Tess can support you in the moments you need it most to boost emotional wellness and resilience. Tess was designed by clinical psychologists and provides specialized guidance that is relevant to you. Tess will introduce you to cognitive behavioral therapy during your interactive conversations, relaxation exercises, and more. To start using Tess, text “hi” to (415) 360-0039.
(Text messaging rates may apply.)

Discover the ways Carebridge, our Employee Assistance Program, can support you and your family.


Mid-year is the ideal time to assess your financial goals. Take a look at your spending and saving habits over the last six months to determine if you can increase your Retirement Savings 403(b) Plan contribution. To change your contribution, please go to HR Self Service. Detailed instructions on how to change your contribution can be found on the Retirement Savings Plan webpage under the heading, “Start, Stop, Increase, or Decrease RSP Contributions."  


CAPTRUST’s number one mission is to connect participants, with timely, relevant, and actionable information to help you make smarter financial decisions and ultimately retire with confidence. And the best part—this service is totally FREE, just make an appointment!

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors will be conducting virtual and phone consultations on July 15.

Topics covered in the 45-minute individual advisory sessions include retirement and general financial planning and investment education and advice. Schedule your appointment.

To speak to a counselor about the University’s retirement plan and/or other financial issues, call the Retirement Advice Line at (800) 967-9948. For more information, including articles, videos, and other valuable resources, visit the CAPTRUST website.


Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars, including “Quarterly Economic and Market Updates with TIAA’s Chief Investment Strategist” and “Social Security Basics.” For the complete listing of this month’s TIAA webinars, visit the registration page.

TIAA offers individual retirement counseling sessions, either online or by phone, which provide in-depth planning assistance. To schedule an appointment, register online.


Isles is dedicated to helping people manage everyday money issues such as budgeting, saving, and reducing debt. They also provide HUD-certified housing counselors who can assist those looking to purchase a first home, as well as those having difficulty meeting their mortgage or rent obligations. Counseling is available in English and Spanish.  

Learn more about the programs and services provided by Isles. 


For questions about physical or mental wellness resources, contact Lynn Herbine. For financial wellness inquiries, contact Jane Edgar. The Benefits Team is available to assist at (609) 258-3302 or For complete details on all wellness resources and programs, visit HR’s website.