Thrive Every Day, April 2023

April 11, 2023
Thrive At Princeton. Thrive Every Day. Make the Most of Your Princeton Benefits

April is National Financial Capability Month. Being financially capable is key to understanding how to save, earn, borrow, invest, and protect your money. It is also essential to developing short- and long-term financial habits and skills that lead to greater financial wellbeing. 

Take a moment to explore the financial support and education opportunities available to you through TIAA, CAPTRUST, and Isles. 

Taking care of your physical, mental, and financial wellness is extremely important. We hope this monthly benefits newsletter will make it easy and convenient for you to do just that.

Financial Wellness


Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars, including “Take Control of Your Financial Life: 5 Steps to Managing Money and Debt” and “Invest for Success: Fine Tuning Your Retirement Strategy.” For the complete listing of this month’s TIAA webinars, visit the registration page.

TIAA will be conducting individual retirement counseling sessions on Tuesday, May 16, at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL). Because of site access, only PPPL employees can schedule appointments on this date. Schedule your appointment

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


CAPTRUST’s number one mission is to connect participants with timely, relevant, and actionable content to help you make smarter financial decisions and ultimately retire with confidence. This benefit is free, completely confidential, and provided by a company that has no products or services to sell you.

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors will be conducting in-person sessions on Tuesday, April 25. Topics covered in the 45-minute individual advisory sessions include retirement and general financial planning, in addition to investment education and advice. Schedule your appointment

Visit the CAPTRUST website for valuable resources, articles, and videos, including “Emergency Savings,” “Understanding Interest Rates,” “Saving for Major Purchases,” and “The Benefits of Saving Now.”

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.


Isles is dedicated to helping people manage everyday money issues such as budgeting, saving, and reducing debt. Counseling is available in English and Spanish.

Join Isles for:

First-Time Homebuyers’ Workshop

Topics will include qualifying for a mortgage, working with a realtor, identifying a suitable property, accessing financial assistance programs, and more. Cost: $50 for an individual or $75 for a couple. (A couple is two people purchasing a home together). Participants will receive a First Time Homebuyer Certificate upon completion of the workshop.

Saturday, April 15
Isles, 33 Tucker St., Trenton, NJ 08618
8:45 a.m. check-in
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Physical Wellness


The week of April 23 is National Infertility Awareness Week.  One in eight couples experience infertility, and Kindbody provides coverage for fertility and family planning services for employees and their covered spouses enrolled in a Princeton medical plan. Get complete details.   

Join Kindbody for:

Egg Freezing 101
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.
Register through Zoom

Open House at Princeton Location
16 Chambers Street
April 12, 5–7:00 p.m.  
Come by for a tour of their newly expanded and refreshed clinic, light bites, and an opportunity to meet the Kindbody Princeton team.

My Health Coach

Sleep is essential for your overall health and wellbeing. If you are not getting the recommended seven to nine hours each night, read these tips which can help. Consider meeting with My Health Coach to discuss what may be causing your sleep disturbances and learn ways to improve your sleep habits.


If you receive an unexpected medical or dental bill because you used an out-of-network provider or facility, or incurred charges not covered through medical or dental insurance, Health Advocate can contact the provider or facility on your behalf and try to get your bill reduced.

Doctors in Your Office: Annual Physicals at the Employee Wellness Center

If you are due for an annual physical, you can schedule an appointment at the Employee Wellness Center, located on campus at 350 Alexander Street. Health screenings and blood work will be performed. You will receive your lab results 5 to 7 days after your appointment and will receive a phone call if you need to follow up with a primary care physician or specialist.

Please complete the electronic health forms prior to your appointment.

If you are enrolled in a Princeton medical plan you are eligible for one annual physical each calendar year. If you are enrolled under a medical plan outside of Princeton, please check eligibility by calling the number on your ID card. This visit is covered at 100%. If you receive a bill, do not pay it, and contact Lynn Herbine.

Mental Wellness


April is Autism Acceptance Month. By sharing stories, spreading awareness, showing kindness, and teaching acceptance we can all make a difference. If you, your child, or a family member has autism, Carebridge offers confidential counseling to help navigate and cope with some of the challenges and feelings you may be experiencing. They can also provide you and your loved ones with information on special programs, schools, support groups, and educational materials.

Join Carebridge this month for the following virtual offerings:

Grief and Loss Check-in: Grief in the Spring
While springtime can create a sense of emotional renewal, it may not feel so hopeful for those who are grieving. Participate in this session to identify self-care strategies to rekindle your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
Tuesday, April 18, 3–3:30 p.m.
Register through Zoom

Keeping Kids Safe in Today’s Cyber World
How savvy are you when it comes to online do’s and don’ts for your children? Attend this informative training to learn how to talk to them about security issues, rules and parameters, and how to report suspicious acts.
Thursday, April 20, 11:00 a.m.–noon
Register through Zoom

eM Life, is a mindfulness tool offered through Carebridge. The app and website provide evidence-based mindfulness solutions to prevent and reduce mental health concerns. To begin your mindfulness journey, follow these instructions. The benefits of practicing mindfulness include reduced levels of stress and anxiety, better mood, increase in compassion, more resilience, higher productivity and efficiency levels, and better quality of sleep. The app/website have:

  • Live and interactive mindfulness sessions held multiple times every day, in various languages, by a diverse group of highly certified experts.
  • On-demand access to hundreds of hours of content across a wide range of topics like sleep, anxiety, performance, eating, parenting, leadership, financial stress, and more.
  • Video and audio-only experiences offered in 1-10+ minute single sessions or multi-episode series.
  • Immersive programs including Mindfulness at Work, QuitSmart™ Mindfully, and Skills to Thrive in Anxious Times.

Employee Wellness Center with its three pillars: physical, mental, and financial

The Employee Wellness Center @ 350 Alexander

Here, you will find support to help you care for yourself and your family, so you can thrive at work and at home. Whatever challenges you’re facing, help is available. Get more details on the HR website.


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 [email protected]. For complete details on all wellness resources and programs, visit the HR website.