Thrive Every Day, January 2023

Jan. 9, 2023
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Happy New Year! Make yourself a priority — add health and wellness goals to your new year’s resolution list. Get started by creating new healthy habits, setting limits, and practicing self-care. Be sure your daily routine includes getting enough sleep, eating healthy, exercising, reducing your stress, and making time to enjoy activities you love. Consider setting financial goals at the beginning of the new year, like saving for a vacation, putting aside emergency funds, improving your credit score, paying off debt, and planning for the future.  

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.

Physical Wellness

My Health Coach

My Health Coach presents:

Setting Goals and Sticking to Them

It’s the start of a new year and you may be thinking about ways to improve your health as related to eating habits, exercise, or even getting better sleep. Given that at least 80% of people give up on their New Year resolutions by February, it’s important to move beyond resolutions and think about long-lasting behavior change.
Wednesday, January 25, 11–11:45 a.m.
Register through Zoom

Weight Loss Support Group

Studies show surrounding yourself with a strong support network during your weight loss journey is linked to long term success. Join Health Coach, Heather Behan, MSA, RDN, to learn about nutrition and fitness programs that work, as well as tips, challenges, and success stories from other participants. For questions, call TrestleTree at (866) 237-0973.
Wednesday, February 22, noon (first session and will run for seven consecutive weeks)
Register through Zoom


Fertility 101

Join Kindbody fertility expert, Dr. Fabiola Balmir, for a conversation on fertility health, fertility preservation, and family-building options.
Tuesday, January 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Register through Eventbrite

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

Have you been putting off your annual physical? If so, don’t delay any further — schedule an appointment today! Once scheduled, you will be sent health forms electronically. Please complete the forms prior to your appointment.

Blood work will be performed during the appointment, and you will receive your lab results 5 to 7 days after through secure email. You will receive a phone call if you need to follow up with a primary care physician (PCP) or specialist.

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.


Health screenings typically detect diseases early, before you have symptoms, when they may be easiest to treat. Talk to your doctor about when you should get these common screening tests based on your age, health history, and other personal risk factors. For guidance on screenings or help finding a specialist or an independent, in-network facility, please reach out to Health Advocate at (866) 695-8622.

Mental Wellness


Join Carebridge this month for the following virtual offering:

Live Webinar: Discover Your Joy

Learn how to create a simple plan for incorporating more joy into your daily routine.
Wednesday, January 18, noon–12:45 p.m.
Register through Zoom

Grief Check-In: Coping with Regret and Guilt After a Loss

Guilt and regret are two of the most common emotions experienced after a loss. While often used interchangeably, they are different responses. Learn non-judgmental self-compassion to help you cope with each one. Participation is anonymous.
Thursday, January 19, 1:00–1:30 p.m.
Register through Zoom

Caregiving Check-In: Recognizing the Positive Side of Caregiving

If you are currently a caregiver, or anticipate being one, this session will discuss how to avoid burnout while focusing on the positives of caregiving.
Wednesday, January 25, 2:00–2:30 p.m.
Register through Zoom

If you are struggling and have an immediate need to speak to a Carebridge counselor, schedule an appointment here.

eM Life, a Carebridge mindfulness tool, can help you reduce stress, sleep better, and even improve your mood. This tool has:

  • 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.

To begin your mindfulness journey, follow these instructions.

Financial Wellness


Keep your financial goals on track with TIAA’s live webinars, including “Basic Estate Planning Strategies” and “Basic Social Security Strategies.” For the complete listing of this month’s TIAA webinars, visit the registration page.

TIAA will be conducting individual retirement counseling sessions on Tuesday, January 10, at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL). Due to site security, only PPPL employees are permitted to attend this session. Schedule an 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, January 31. Topics covered in the 45-minute individual advisory sessions include retirement and general financial planning and investment education and advice. Schedule your appointment.


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

First Time Homebuyer 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).
Saturday, February 11
Isles, 33 Tucker St., Trenton, NJ 08618

8:45 a.m. check in
9:00 a.m.
–4:00 p.m.

Reminder: 2023 Annual IRS Contribution Limits for the Retirement Savings Plan 403(b)

The annual 403(b) contribution limits for 2023 are as follows: if you are under age 50, the annual contribution limit is $22,500. If you are age 50 or older in the calendar year, you may contribute an extra $7,500 “catch-up” contribution, for a total annual contribution limit of $30,000.

Employee Wellness Center Logo

The Employee Wellness Center @ 350 Alexander is Now Open

In our new space, you’ll 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.