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New magazine showcases Stanford benefits, resources across campus

University Human Resources is launching a new quarterly magazine called Educated Choices that will be mailed to all benefits-eligible Stanford employees this month.

Educated Choices cover

Benefits-eligible employees should look for the magazine to arrive in their mailboxes soon.

There are many advantages to working at Stanford, including comprehensive benefits designed to support your professional and personal goals. But if you don't know about the benefits and perks available to you as an employee, you can't make educated decisions that help you build financial security, develop professionally and live a healthy, fulfilling life.

To ensure that university employees are aware of the broad spectrum of benefits Stanford offers, University Human Resources (UHR) is launching a new quarterly magazine called Educated Choices that will be mailed to all benefits-eligible Stanford employees this month.

The publication is designed to showcase the many benefits, programs and resources Stanford offers its employees so they may make informed choices about their health and wellness, lifestyle, work-life integration and retirement. The inaugural Winter 2013 issue of the magazine features articles about how Stanford's benefits and programs can help employees get started on a healthier path this year.

"It's not enough to offer great benefits and then just call it a day," said Les Schlaegel, associate vice president of benefits. "We know we need to explain how and why Stanford offers the benefits it does, what these benefits mean to you as an employee, and how you can take advantage of them and other resources throughout the university."

One of the ways Educated Choices will be used is as a platform to explain how the benefits and programs Stanford offers its employees fit into the current national health care landscape. For example, the Spring 2013 issue of the magazine will examine how health insurance plans are structured and why health care costs keep rising – and why Stanford offers the plans it does and what employees can do to help keep costs down.

"We want to engage employees differently than we have in the past," said Linda Lee, associate vice president of HR Initiatives, whose communications team produces the magazine. "Educated Choices is a publication whose content showcases benefits available to you as a Stanford employee, as well as on-campus programs and resources, and related consumer content, so you can make informed choices and take full advantage of being part of the Stanford community," Lee said.

The Stanford Benefits website features a digital flipbook version of the current issue of Educated Choices.

Joelle Pauley-Fine is a senior employee benefits writer, and Peter Speliopoulos is communications marketing strategist for HR Initiatives, University Human Resources.