Employee Wellness Leave Program | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Wellness Leave

The Wellness Leave program offers eight (8) hours of additional leave time per fiscal year to eligible employees who complete wellness requirements!  

To be awarded Wellness Leave Hours, employees must:

    1. Receive a physical examination from a health care provider,
    2. Complete the Health Risk Assessment through BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, and
    3. Participate in two eligible wellness events ↓.  

After completing these steps, the employee will be awarded eight (8) hours of Wellness Leave by submitting the Wellness Leave Certification Form and required documentation to HSCWellness@ttuhsc.edu or their campus Human Resources Office.  

Wellness Leave Hours will be awarded to the employee using the Wellness Get Fit (WEF) leave category. WEF hours will be available for use on the first of the month following submission of all required documentation.  

WEF hour awards are limited to 8 hours per fiscal year. Eligible employees will have the option to submit requests for either the Wellness Leave Program which offers 8 hours of WEF leave or the Get Fit Challenge which offers 4 hours of WEF leave. WEF time off must be scheduled in advance and approved by the employee’s supervisor.

Please note: Awarded WEF hours must be used within the fiscal year and will expire on August 31st. WEF hours are not paid out upon separation of employment.

Wellness Events

The following webinars and activities are approved as eligible wellness events for TTUHSC’s Wellness Leave program. A certificate of attendance is required to be submitted along with the Wellness Leave Certification form for the event to be counted for leave awards.   

February 2024 - Focus on the Heart

Healthy Heart, Healthy You
Thursday, February 22, 10–11 a.m. 
Learn ways to take care of your most vital organ, your heart! The keys to preventing heart disease lie in five basic lifestyle changes: quitting tobacco, eating healthy, physical activity, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Learn heart-healthy strategies through this informative webinar facilitated by the BCBSTX wellness team.

Ongoing – Get Fit Texas! Challenge

Log Your Hours!
From January 23-April 2, this challenge will inspire you to get active in an agency-to-agency competition. Individuals who accept the challenge take on physical activity for 150 minutes per week for at least 6 of the 10 weeks of the challenge. Complete the challenge to receive your certificate to turn into HSCWellness@ttuhsc.edu to receive 4 hours of wellness leave.

Upcoming ERS Themes
  • 2024 – To Be Announced! Check back soon for updates.
 

January 2024 - Starting Strong Together

Beyond Bookshelves: The Role of Libraries in your Well-being
Thursday, January 11, 10–11 a.m. 
Discover how your local library can support you and your overall well-being. In this webinar, Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) experts will guide you through ways libraries can be leveraged as dynamic tools for education, research, and relaxation. 

Thrive by Design: Building Strong Habits in 2024
Thursday, January 14, 10–11 a.m.
Explore the art of building strong habits in a virtual workshop led by Lacy Wolff, Coordinator for Statewide Well-being Initiatives. Set the foundation for a fulfilling year as you step into 2024. In this session, you will be guided through practical strategies and exercises grounded in behavior change research.

Get Fit Challenge Kick-off

Get Fit! Texas Challenge
Tuesday, January 23, 2024 through Tuesday, April 2, 2024

December 2023 - Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude: Science & Practical Application
Thursday, December 7, 10–11 a.m.

Mental Health during the Holidays
Thursday, December 14, 10–11 a.m.

November 2023 - Healthy Holiday Mindset

Healthy Holiday Mindset
Thursday, November 16, 10–11 a.m.

October 2023 - Self-care

All of the following approved wellness events for the month of October are part of the Adapt & Thrive Virtual Wellness Fair hosted by ERS.

    • Psychological Safety in the Workplace 
    • Men’s Health: Live Better, Longer with Dr. Alex Lesko, MD
    • Journey to Wellness: HealthSelect Wellness Benefits Overview
    • Women’s Health with Dr. Elisa Brown-Pruett, MD 
    • Budgeting & Debt Reduction with Nick Daugherty
    • Boost Your Impact: One team’s journey to one-minute messages

September 2023 - Building Better Brain Health

Building Better Brain Health
Thursday, September 28, 10–11 a.m.

August 2023 - Financial Health & Dimensions of Wellness

Health and Wellness Fair – 8 Dimensions of Wellness
Lubbock Academic Event Center
Friday, August 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Baby Steps to Financial Freedom! Featuring Nick Daugherty
Thursday, August 17, 10–11 a.m.

Building Healthy Financial Habits with Patricia Hord
Thursday, August 24, 10–11 a.m.

July 2023 - Movement Mindset

Building a Movement Mindset
Thursday, July 6, 10–11 a.m.

June 2023 - Great Outdoors Month

The Great Outdoors: Texas State Parks Overview
Thursday, June 8, 10–11 a.m.

Wellness for Men-Live Better, Longer
Thursday, June 29, 10–11 a.m.

May 2023 - Mental Health Awareness Month

Women's Health Q & A with Dr. Elisa Brown-Pruett, M.D.
Tuesday, May 23, noon–1 p.m.

Finding Strength in Connection featuring Todd Whitthorne
Thursday, May 25, 10–11 a.m.

April 2023 - Stress Awareness Month

Building Resilience & Managing Stress with Lacy Wolff
Thursday, April 13, 10–11 a.m.

March 2023 - National Nutrition Month

Maximizing your Time and Health with Meal Planning & Mindful Eating
Thursday, March 9, 10–11 a.m.

February 2023 - Healthy Hearts, Healthy Relationships

Life's Essential 8
Thursday, Feb. 16, 10–11 a.m.

January 2023 - Get Fit Challenge Kick-Off

Get Fit Texas Challenge
Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 through Sunday, April 2, 2023

Please note: ERS provides a certificate of completion by email for individuals attending the live webinars. Individuals may have the opportunity to view prior webinars but a certificate of attendance will not be provided for reviewing past recorded events.  

Questions?

We're here to help. Reach out to HSCWellness@ttuhsc.edu for more information about the Wellness Leave program.