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Healthier Princeton News

Volume 6, Edition 1, Fall 2009

Princeton University is more than a place of employment and education. It also offers lectures, readings, concerts, theater, music, films, exhibitions, athletic events, peaceful places of solitude and ways to stay fit and healthy.

With this edition, the Healthier Princeton News becomes an e-newsletter with a new look and design. We hope you will continue to enjoy reading about the many opportunities on campus.



This year, we have seen the advent of a new influenza virus in humans. This new virus is called the new H1N1 flu, although some still refer to it as the “swine flu.” This virus is different from the seasonal flu viruses, so, in general, people have no previous exposure and little to no immunity. Additionally, while a vaccine is being developed, it is not yet available on campus.

Free Immunizations for Students, Faculty and Staff
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that the single best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get an annual influenza vaccination. Fall is an ideal time to get vaccinated because it allows ample time for the body to make antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection.

If you have not already received a vaccine for seasonal flu, vaccines will be available on Monday, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Rooms. This clinic will provide vaccinations for seasonal flu only; NOT the new H1N1 flu. More information about possible vaccinations for the new H1N1 flu will be provided as it becomes available. Flu immunizations will be offered at no charge to all Princeton staff, faculty and students. Dependents will be charged $23 for a flu shot or $30 for the FluMist® cash or check only. No appointments are necessary.

For more information about FluFest, please contact University Health Services (UHS) at (609) 258-1430 or visit the UHS website.

Usually, influenza is “seasonal,” meaning that outbreaks have occurred annually in winter in the U.S. The seasonal influenza viruses that have circulated have been related to flu viruses previously seen in humans, so people have had some immunity from previous exposure and vaccines have been developed year to year to provide additional protection.

The seasonal flu and the new H1N1 flu currently appear to be similar in their symptoms. If you are generally healthy and you catch any flu virus, you will most likely feel very sick for a few days, but you will not develop complications or need hospital care. However, the very young, the very old and those with underlying health conditions (including pregnancy, asthma, a compromised immune system and other chronic health conditions) are at increased risk for complications from any flu, and both the seasonal flu and the new H1N1 can be fatal.

Any flu can spread easily from person to person and many members of the Princeton campus community may be at higher risk from complications of flu, so it is essential to take steps to stay healthy and to know what to do should you become ill with flu or flu-like illness. Please follow these guidelines:

Get a seasonal flu vaccine if you have not already. Free vaccines are available on Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Rooms (see below for more information). This clinic will provide shots for seasonal flu only; more information about a vaccine for the new H1N1 flu will be provided as it becomes available.

Practice good hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Keep your hands away from your face.

Know the symptoms of the flu. The symptoms of the new H1N1 flu and the seasonal flu are similar and include fever with cough and/or sore throat. Some people with flu have also reported body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting.

Self-isolate. If you develop the symptoms described above, please prevent the spread of the illness by staying away from others. Go home and stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the help of fever-reducing medicines.

Call your doctor. Graduate students who develop symptoms of the flu should call University Health Services at (609) 258-3141. Employees who develop the symptoms of flu should call their personal physician. Employees who do not have a personal physician and who would like a list of physicians in the Princeton area should call Employee Health Services at (609) 258-5035 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Notify. Graduate students should notify community programs coordinator Olivia Martel at (609) 258-6686 or Employees should notify their supervisors that they need to stay home because they are sick or to care for a sick family member. Everyone should know that someone with whom you have had close contact may be at serious risk for complications from flu, and it is your responsibility to inform others of your illness.

Further information about influenza for the entire campus community is available on the University’s H1N1 website.

Healthier Princeton Faculty and Staff Wellness Programs

For information on wellness programs available for faculty and staff, including smoking cessation, Weight Watchers at Work, cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, blood pressure screenings, fitness screenings, and informational e-mails, please see Faculty and Staff Wellness Programs calendar for fall 2009. For updated program information, visit the Healthier Princeton website.

ACC Continues Efforts to Address High-Risk Drinking

The Alcohol Coalition Committee is continuing its work to address high-risk drinking among undergraduates. The group, composed primarily of students but also faculty and staff, is guided by the strategic plan created in 2007-08. 

Last year, accomplishments included recommending through one of its working groups a party registration process for "of-age" students that was implemented in the spring, the publication of an informational booklet, "Just the Facts" and a review of the commercially available online education programs. The committee also conducted a fall workshop that was attended by more than 100 members of the University community and a spring seminar that attracted 130 participants from 17 schools. A copy of the ACC 2008-09 final report is posted on the committee's website.

This year, five working groups are focusing on a review of the alcohol policy, alcohol education for freshmen during pre-orientation and orientation, positive role modeling opportunities, dispelling myths about alcohol that influence student culture and an examination of alcohol-related data.

Campus Recreation

What’s New in Stephens?

In July, we replaced our five-year-old fleet of 10 upright and four recumbent bicycles with “Classic Series” bicycles from Life Fitness. The new bicycles have numerous features including a ratchet seat adjustment with 27 positions and a quiet belt-drive system.

If you’re into trivia, our old bicycles were in use for 59 months. On average, each bicycle was pedaled for more than 5,600 hours. One was used for nearly 7,000 hours and registered more than 30.2 million revolutions!

Instructional Programs

It’s not too late to register for our instructional programs. A wide range of classes are available in the second five weeks of the semester, running from November 9 to December 18. You can register for these classes online.

Group Fitness News

Fall group and instructional fitness began on Sept. 21 with a free trial week of programming, including fitness, yoga/Pilates, spinning, dance and martial arts classes. A special evening event highlighted popular programs including BODYATTACK™, Zumba and punk rope that are featured on the fall schedule.

A variety of registration options are available to suit anyone’s exercise schedule, including punch cards that can be used year-round. Online registration is now open.

Wellness Screenings

The Stephens Fitness Center will offer three wellness screenings in the upcoming months: blood pressure from Oct. 5 to 9; body composition from Nov. 15 to 20; and flexibility from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. Appointments are not required and there is no charge. During those weeks, just ask a member of the fitness and wellness staff to do the screening any time from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

15 Minutes of Fame

Thursday, Oct. 15, will be the date of the aptly named “15 Minutes of Fame.” In this event, participants bike, row, run and/or rope-climb as far as possible in -- you guessed it -- 15 minutes. You can register on the day of the event.

Strength/Endurance Challenge

In this event, you do as many reps as possible with your body weight (men) or half of your body weight (women). Following this, you run three miles on a treadmill. For each rep that you do on the bench press, you receive a five-second deduction from your time in the three-mile run. The person with the lowest adjusted time is the winner. The event takes place in the Stephens Fitness Center on Thursday, Nov. 12. You can register on the day of the event.

1,000-Point Challenge

This popular event gives participants the opportunity to earn points for doing any type of physical activity (with one minute of activity equaling one point). You can walk, swim, lift weights or do any other type of physical activity that you prefer. Besides improving your fitness, attaining 1,000 points will also earn you a free prize of your choice such as a T-shirt, tote bag, water bottle, travel mug or pedometer. The program will run from Nov. 16 to Dec. 20. You can register for the event in the Stephens Fitness Center by Sunday, Nov. 15.

Rope Climb Challenge

Although only in its second year, the Rope Climb Challenge has established itself as one of our more popular events. In this event, participants rope climb an assigned distance on the Viper (a rope-climbing machine) as fast as possible. This year’s climb will be 555 feet, the approximate height of the Washington Monument. Men will use Level 7 and women will use Level 5. The event takes place in the Stephens Fitness Center on Thursday, Nov. 19. You can register on the day of the event.

Fitness Challenge

The eighth annual Fitness Challenge will take place in the Stephens Fitness Center on Thursday, Dec. 2. There are six activities in this event: the bench press, bar hang, stretch, row, bike and stairclimb. You can compete in as many activities as you like. Points are awarded in each activity based on how you place. The man and woman who earn the most points will be declared overall winners. There’s also a team competition. The faculty/staff have won the event four years in a row. You can register on the day of the event.

For information about Dillon Gym, the Stephens Fitness Center, intramurals and sport clubs as well as group and instructional programs, visit the revamped Campus Recreation website.

Outdoor Action

The Outdoor Action Program (OA) offers trips and skills training in hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, outdoor leadership, wilderness first aid and CPR. For information on upcoming trips and programs or to register, visit the OA website.

First Aid and Safety Trainings

Princeton’s Outdoor Action Program provides American Heart Association (AHA) CPR classes that teach lay rescuers how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking for adults and children over age 1. Participants also learn to recognize the warning signs of heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing difficulties in children. This course will instruct you how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). People successfully completing the course will receive AHA certification good for two years. Additional classes include Wilderness First Aid and Epinephrine training. Fees apply. Groups/departments can arrange a private CPR classes by e-mailing We will also be conducting a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course over intersession, Jan. 23 to 31, 2010. For course details and registration, please visit the OA TripStore.

Outdoor Action Climbing Wall

Fall semester open hours are: Mondays, 8 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Outdoor Action's state-of-the art climbing wall is located inside the southeast column on the second level of the football stadium. Climbers of all abilities are welcome. Experienced instructors are on hand to teach skills and OA teaches various rock climbing classes and clinics. OA provides harness and climbing shoes. The climbing wall is open to students, faculty and staff of Princeton University. PUID required. Children of members of the University community may climb with a parent present. Groups can arrange a private climbing activity by e-mailing The climbing wall is open throughout the academic year except during breaks and final exams. Sign up online at the OA TripStore.

Introduction to Rock Climbing Course

OA Climbing Wall

Dates: To be announced

If you are interested in learning how to rock climb, this three-week course will teach you all the essential techniques of climbing, including trying in and belaying, and specific climbing techniques like weight shifting, stemming and laybacks. The course will meet at OA’s new indoor climbing wall inside one of the central columns on the southeast corner of the football stadium. Sign up online at the OA TripStore.

Beginner and Intermediate Rock Climbing Day Trip

Dates: To be announced

Rock climbing provides an opportunity to challenge yourself both physically and mentally as you work your way up a rock face. We are offering a day trip to Ralph Stover State Park in Pennsylvania that offers both beginning- and intermediate-level climbing routes. You'll learn the basic techniques of rock climbing, including tying in and how to belay, and climbing techniques like weight shifts, using your legs, etc. This is an ideal trip for beginners and experienced climbers alike. All equipment is provided by OA. Bring a bag lunch. For fees and sign-ups, visit the OA TripStore.

Beginner’s Kayaking Class and Beginner’s Kayak Rolling Class

Dates: To be announced

Kayaking is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports and offers an incredible range of activity options from relaxing flat-water paddling to racing, sea kayaking or whitewater kayaking. The Beginner’s Kayaking Class covers all the basics of equipment, paddling strokes and river reading. The class begins with basic flat-water and stroke skills on Lake Carnegie and then advances to moving water maneuvers like eddy turns, peel outs, and ferries. The Beginner's Kayak Rolling Class is conducted in a pool and teaches the Eskimo roll and basic kayaking strokes. The Eskimo roll is the act of righting a kayak if you flip and is an essential skill for many forms of kayaking. You do not need prior experience for either class. Visit the OA website for updated schedule and information.


Dining Services Launches New Website

Dining Services is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. Please take a minute to explore our new site, featuring dining announcements and a new design that will make it easier for users to find important information quickly.

Cooking Demonstrations at the Farmers' Market
Each week a dining services chef will prepare a recipe in a live cooking demonstration on Firestone Plaza between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Recipes will be posted weekly on the Dining Services website during the market.)

Fall farmers' market on Firestone Plaza

The Princeton campus farmers' market at Firestone Plaza returns this fall for six weeks, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 27.

Members of the University and local communities will have an opportunity to purchase fresh locally grown produce and other goods from area farmers and businesses that use sustainable practices. Expected vendors will provide a range of items including organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range poultry and eggs, cheeses, breads, baked goods, ice cream and coffee.

The farmers' market was launched in 2007 and runs in the fall and spring. It is an initiative of Greening Princeton, a student organization devoted to improving environmental sustainability, and is staffed by volunteers from the group. It is cosponsored by the Department of Dining Services, the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Building Services, the Department of Grounds and Building Maintenance, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board.

For a list of participating vendors and for more information, visit the farmers' market website.

Silver Plate Award Presented to Princeton University Dining Services

Princeton University Dining Services is the proud recipient of the 2009 Silver Plate Award. This prestigious award bestowed annually by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), pays tribute to excellence by recognizing the most outstanding and innovative talents in nine segments of foodservice operations. Princeton Dining Services was recognized in the category of Colleges and Universities.

Did you Know?

For the latest news follow Princeton Dining Services on Twitter.

On Campus

Frist Campus Center Winterval

The University community is invited to celebrate the coming of the winter season at the Frist Campus Center’s Winterval from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, on the 100 level. There will be live entertainment, assorted refreshments and other winter-themed activities. For more information, please visit the Frist Campus Center website closer to the date.

Richardson Auditorium, Fall 2009

Richardson Auditorium stage

This season, Richardson Auditorium will showcase student a cappella groups, ensembles from the Princeton University Department of Music, professional orchestras, choirs and performers. The 2009 fall season includes performances by the Princeton University Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Wind Ensemble, Glee Club and Jazz Ensemble. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Pro Musica, Westminster Community Orchestra, Princeton Girlchoir and The American Boychoir are also scheduled to perform. For further information, visit the Richardson Auditorium website or call (609) 258-5000. You may also buy tickets online. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office, Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. The Richardson Ticket Office is only open for walk-up service two hours prior to the start of any ticketed event or performance.

New TigerTransit Routes with Greener Buses

TigerTransit bus

New TigerTransit routes are in effect for the academic year providing service to academic and administrative buildings including 701 Carnegie Center (the new home for the Office of Information Technology and the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer); MarketFair; faculty, staff and student housing; Nassau Street; and the Forrestal Campus and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). TigerTransit also offers connections to New Jersey Transit and the Princeton Borough Free B shuttle.

This fall, TigerTransit is operating with a brand new fleet of buses. All buses are fully accessible, feature low floors and front-loading bike racks, and run on eco-friendly B20 biodiesel. Riders can also track the location of all buses anytime online from their computer or Web-enabled mobile device using TigerTracker, a real-time Web-based Global Positioning System.

Learn more about TigerTransit at the Transportation and Parking Services website.

Did You Know? TigerTransit Offers Saturday Shopper

The Saturday Shopper provides bi-weekly bus service from graduate housing complexes to Princeton and Nassau Park shopping outlets. Starting Oct. 3 and continuing every other week, the Saturday Shopper makes stops at Princeton Shopping Center, the Whole Earth Center, Blue Point Grill and Palmer Square in Princeton. On alternating weeks, the Shopper stops at Wegmans and Wal-Mart in Nassau Park, and Trader Joe’s on Route 1. For more information and route schedule go to the Transportation and Parking Services website.

University Expands TDM Program and Incentives

Vanpools. The first Princeton University vanpool will launch this fall, bringing several University employees to and from campus in just one vehicle. Vanpools operate similarly to carpools but can carry more passengers per vehicle. A van is supplied through the University by a third-party vendor and members split fuel costs, with the exception of a driver chosen by the group.

Bikes on campus

Biking at Princeton. Princeton University encourages the use of bicycles as a convenient and sustainable form of transportation to and around campus. It’s now easier than ever to register your bicycle on campus. The new bike registration program is free and required for all University students, faculty and staff who ride on the Princeton campus. Registration increases the chance of recovery in case of theft or abandonment. Register your bicycle using the online form. A new bicycle policy is also available online.

Vanpooling and biking at Princeton are two new initiatives of the continuing Transportation Demand Management (TDM) effort at Princeton University. Over time, the successful application of TDM will result in improved air quality on campus with less traffic congestion, reducing the overall carbon footprint of the University. Other TDM incentives include free gas cards for carpoolers and a 50 percent subsidy on monthly transit passes.

The University community can now sign up for Princeton inMotion, a free e-newsletter with TDM news and updates. To sign up, visit the Transportation and Parking Services website.

For questions and additional information, contact Andrea DeRose, TDM manager, at or (609) 258-1656.

Campus Programs, Lectures and Performances

The University offers a wealth of programming throughout the year. Most of the programs, lectures, exhibitions and performances are open to the public and many are free or offered at a reasonable fee. For more information go to the following University websites:
Art Museum
Princeton University Libraries
Princeton University Featured Events
Public Events Calendar
Public Lecture Series
University Ticketing (includes most University venues including athletics)
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


University Chapel

The University Chapel holds its ecumenical services every Sunday at 11 a.m. with great preaching and our world-famous choir. All are welcome! For listing of mass times and other events happening in the chapel visit the chapel website.

New Religious Life Website

The Office of Religious Life encourages all members of the Princeton community to check out our new website, where you will find up-to-date information on services, lectures and meetings from many religious traditions. Also on the website you will find a new video that will introduce you to some of the helpful people in the Office of Religious Life.

Afternoon Organ Concert Series Moves to Thursdays!

The entire Princeton community is welcome to the weekly organ concerts every Thursday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the University Chapel. Enjoy great music in that magnificent space. Admission is free.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings on Campus

Alcoholics Anonymous meets Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Monday at 12:15 p.m. Both are in the Murray-Dodge Café (basement). Murray-Dodge Hall is an alcohol-free building throughout the year.

Have a Spiritually Filling Lunch!

Every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., the Hour of Power Christian worship service offers a boost of spiritual energy while also providing a box lunch to take with you. The location is Murray-Dodge Hall.

Every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m., “Peace, Meditation and Lunch” offers a quiet time of silence and guided meditation followed by a simple lunch. All are welcome and no experience in meditation necessary. The location is Murray-Dodge Hall.

Did You Know? Religious Leaders Are Here for You!

The University has clergy available from Catholic, Evangelical, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox Christian and Protestant traditions. If you would like to meet with a religious leader please visit the Office of Religious Life website or contact Dean of Religious Life Alison Boden at for more information.

What Is Peace?

The "What Is Peace?" exhibit will continue to be on view in Murray-Dodge Hall through Dec. 1. We hope that the viewer might be inspired by this exhibit to consider where you find and create peace within your own life and your communities. The full collection of 34 photographs may also be seen online.


Open Enrollment, Oct. 12 to 30

The annual benefits open enrollment period for the University’s health and welfare plans will be held from Monday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 30. It offers faculty and staff members the opportunity to review their current benefit elections and consider changes to their coverage that will become effective Jan. 1, 2010.

Benefits Guide 2010

We are making a few changes to the benefits offered for 2010. Detailed information can be found in the “Your Benefits for 2010” guide, which will be mailed to your home address on or about Oct. 9.

For the 2010 Open Enrollment period, the University will continue to use eBenefits. This online system is available every day from 8 a.m. until midnight and may be accessed from work as well as from home. While faculty and staff members will not be receiving a paper personalized Benefits Enrollment Form (BEF) with their materials, a paper BEF may be requested. During the Open Enrollment period, the Benefits Team will be available at various locations to answer benefit questions and provide online enrollment assistance.

Review your current benefit elections and covered dependents, if applicable, online at the Self Service website.

Important Reminder — Dependent Verification Process
You must provide dependent verification documentation for each dependent enrolled in one or more of Princeton’s health care plans (medical, dental and vision). If you have not already verified your dependent and/or will be adding a dependent to your coverage during Open Enrollment, then you must provide the required documentation no later than Dec. 4, 2009. If you are unable to provide the required documentation to verify your dependent’s eligibility, your dependent will not be covered as of Jan. 1, 2010. For more information, contact the Human Resources Benefits Team at (609) 258-3302 or by at


As you may know, Princeton University has contracted with the Carebridge Corporation to provide faculty, staff and graduate students assistance for managing work, personal or family issues at no charge to the participant. We are pleased to announce that the number of covered face-to-face consultations from Carebridge’s EAP professionals will increase from six to eight effective Oct. 1, 2009. Appointments are available with counselors within your community at work or at home. In addition, there is no limit to the number of telephonic consultations available to employees. For more information you may contact Carebridge at (800) 437-0911 or e-mail them at You may also visit their website. Enter the Princeton client code of TW8AE to access the website.

Fall Mammography Program

Princeton’s annual Fall Mammography Screening Program will be held during the week of Oct. 19 at the University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) and the Breast Health Center. This program is available to female faculty and staff members who are 35 years of age or older. Both the UMCP and the Breast Health Center are equipped with digital mammography equipment and offer Princeton employees a special appointment schedule. Preregistration is preferred at least one week prior to the appointment and a physician’s referral is not necessary if you are covered under a University medical plan. On the day of your appointment, bring your Princeton University ID card and your medical plan ID card, your physician’s name and address and your copay, if applicable. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Benefits Team at (609) 258-3302 or

Did You Know?

All of the University’s medical plans will cover three nutritional counseling visits per calendar year. A referral and/or script is required from your physician prior to the visit. The member’s deductible, coinsurance or copay apply. For more information on the coverage for the plan you are enrolled under, contact the Human Resources Benefits Team at (609) 258-3302 or

Contact the editor

Karen M. Woodbridge, editor, Healthier Princeton News, Director of Community Relations and Special Assistant to the Vice President and Secretary

Community and Regional Affairs, 22 Chambers Street, Suite 101

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Faculty and Staff Wellness Programs calendar for fall 2009 (.pdf)

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