Staying Well with Princeton Benefits, June 2021

June 9, 2021

Did you know studies show men are far less likely than women to get routine annual exams and skip preventive screenings?

June is National Men’s Health Month, which aims to raise awareness of screenings and tests that can detect preventable health problems among men. This is also a good time to promote healthy lifestyle choices and habits to improve overall quality of life.

Taking care of your physical, mental, and financial well-being is critically important. We hope you will take advantage of the offerings and information below to assist you in reaching your personal goals. 


Health Advocate

Men can make simple lifestyle changes to help ward off disease, be more fit, and live a healthier life. See the “Top Tips” to get started.

Turn to Health Advocate to help find a primary care doctor, explain benefits coverage and health conditions, schedule tests, appointments, and second opinions, resolve billing and claim issues, and more!

Learn more about Health Advocate.

My Health Coach

Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age. Preventive screenings for men detect conditions and diseases earlier, which make them easier to treat. Everyone should encourage the men in their lives to speak to their doctor and confirm they are getting the correct tests and screenings at the right time.

Family Health & Well-Being

As the weather warms up, it’s only natural to think about being more active and eating better. The Health Coaches will share recommendations and strategies to improve summer exercise and nutrition, as well as tips for healthy snacks to bring to the beach or backyard barbeques.

Thursday, June 24, 11:00 a.m.
Register through Zoom

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.

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."


Introducing HR’s New Mental Well-Being Resources Webpage

If you are looking for mental health support of any kind, this new webpage offers a “snap-shot” of resources, articles, and videos that can assist you in getting the help you need.


Reclaim Your Joy
In this brand new virtual seminar, helpful hints on finding ways to increase your happiness and reduce your stress will be discussed.

Wednesday, June 23, 11:00 a.m.
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.


The Children’s Educational Assistance Plan

For eligible employees and their children, this benefit provides an annual tuition grant of one-half tuition and mandatory educational fees, up to a maximum of $20,150 for the 2021-22 academic year. For more information, visit the Children's Educational Assistance Plan webpage or contact the Benefits Team at or (609) 258-3302. The tuition grant application for 2021-22 is currently available. Once your child’s itemized bill is ready, it should be submitted electronically with the completed application.

Update on CREF Money Market

A fee waiver has been extended to June 30, 2021, for the CREF Money Market account. After this date, participants with accumulations in the CREF Money Market could experience negative returns due to the historically low interest rate environment. If you are invested in this account and have any questions, please call CAPTRUST at (800) 967-9948 or visit their website.


Making the right investment decisions can be a challenge if it’s not something you are used to doing. In this on-demand webinar, “Investment Mistakes and How to Avoid Them,” learn how you can avoid some of the most common investing mistakes and become more confident as you save and invest for your future.

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, visit the CAPTRUST website. This benefit is free, completely confidential, and provided by a company that has no products or services to sell you.


Are Your Beneficiaries Up to Date?

Naming your beneficiary—and keeping the information current—is an important aspect of managing your retirement accounts and financial assets. Designating beneficiaries specifically for your Princeton retirement accounts is important because retirement accounts are separate from other benefits that also have beneficiaries, such as life insurance. You must make a beneficiary designation for your retirement account, regardless of the stipulations in your will.

To review your beneficiary information:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in (or register) by entering your TIAA user ID and password.
  3. Select Actions, then choose Beneficiaries. From there, you can add, edit, or remove.

For questions, assistance, or to request a paper beneficiary form, call TIAA at (800) 842-2252.

Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars, including “Lifetime Income: Market Proof Your Retirement” and “Well-Rounded Retirement – An Overview.” 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, that 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. 

Welcome Home Fair for First-Time Home Buyers

Join Isles, a HUD-certified housing counseling agency, for this free virtual event featuring information on mortgage qualification, closing costs, home inspections, and so much more!

Saturday, June 12, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Register through Zoom

Questions? Contact Isles at or (609) 341-4714.

Learn more about the programs and services provided by Isles. 


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