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November 12, 2015

Pitt Benefits

Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD imageYou’ve heard of it, but do you know whether you have it or what you can do about it? Dr. Kathryn Roecklein, professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, will address these questions at a brown bag lunch program for Pitt faculty and staff.

Topic:       Seasonal Affective Disorder
Date:       Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time:       Noon-1 pm
Location:  William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

Bring your own lunch and any questions that you might  have about SAD.

Dr. Roecklein will address the following issues and then will open the floor for your questions:

  • What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
  • What is “the winter blues?”
  • What causes SAD?
  • How is SAD diagnosed and treated?
  • What can people with “the winter blues’ do to feel better in winter?
  • What is the outlook for people with SAD?
  • Can SAD be prevented?
  • Is there a stigma attached to SAD?

This program is brought to you by the Mental Wellness Task Force of the University Senate’s Benefits and Welfare Committee.


Greater Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union

CUlogoThe Greater Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union offers a variety of products and services to University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff. The Credit Union is conveniently located at 4415 Fifth Avenue in 100 Webster Hall.

Some of the products available are:

  • Christmas Club Accounts
  • Vacation Club Accounts
  • Online Banking
  • Personal Loans
  • Checking and Savings Accounts
  • Financial Counseling

For more information about the benefits available to University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff, please visit


Join In! Great American Smokeout 2015

Every year in November, smokers across the nation take part in the Great American Smokeout. Encourage someone you know to use the Smokeout on November 19 to make a plan to quit!

This year is the 51st anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, and we’ve made remarkable progress with quitting smoking. Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. However, tobacco use remains our single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death.

Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. UPMC Health Plan has many tools and tips to help smokers beat the urge to smoke and to help non-smokers encourage loved ones to quit.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, most over-the-counter and generic tobacco cessation medicines are available at $0 copayment with a prescription — that means there is no cost to you. This includes generic medications and nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gum, lozenges. Please contact UPMC Health Plan Dedicated Member Services at 1.888.499.6885 for details, or view the Your Choice Formulary online at to see all options available.

Looking for Support?

From deciding about quitting, to preparing for your quit day, to help staying tobacco-free after you quit, UPMC Health Plan health coaches have the tools and resources to support your smoking cessation efforts. Call a health coach at 1-800-807-0751 for more information.

LifeSolutions, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, is an additional resource that is available to all Pitt faculty and staff and their household members. There are up to six free confidential counseling sessions that are available to address issues such as barriers to quitting, emotional struggles and relationship challenges that often  accompany quitting tobacco.

You can reach LifeSolutions at 1-866-647-3432 or

Text Message Support Now Available!

Think you have all the answers when it comes to smoking and quitting? Take this 10-question quiz and the answers may surprise you! Learn interesting facts about smoking and your health. Text “smokeout” to UPMCHP (876247) to start the quiz.

By signing up you agree to receive text messages, which may be sent through an automatic telephone dialing system, from UPMC Health Plan to the mobile number provided. Standard messaging and data rates may apply.

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