News About Your Benefits

Kicking the tobacco habit one step at a time

November 6, 2019

It’s the 44th year of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout campaign, which encourages smokers to kick the habit. If you or a loved one is ready to take that step, ERS has the resources to help. See tips to begin a tobacco-free life.

Good health is in your hands

October 2, 2019

Many of us fail to wash our hands as thoroughly as we should. Learn why it’s important to keep your hands clean and find resources you can use to teach handwashing basics.

Being mindful about breathing

September 4, 2019

It’s not just some new-age fad—many people are finding that practicing mindfulness makes them feel better.  Simple mindfulness exercises can be practiced anywhere. It includes reducing workplace stress by being mindful about things under our control, like breathing. 

Staying fit on the job

August 7, 2019

Get fit at work. How? Start moving!  Learn how Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees stay fit on the job,  and find out how to get  NEAT.  

You might want to stand up for this: understanding the “sitting disease”

July 3, 2019

The good news:  we have jobs. The bad news: most of us do our work sitting on our rumps.  What’s the problem? All that sitting around is bad for our health.

May is mental health awareness month

May 1, 2019

This month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is raising awareness about mental health. Learn why getting mental health treatment is important to our physical health, and read about one woman's effort to educate others about mental illness.

Going Green: What's in it for me?

April 3, 2019

Our environment is a key driver to good health, and we all can play a role in building a more sustainable environment. In doing so, we will be contributing to our own well-being.

Get your shut-eye

March 6, 2019

Research shows that not getting enough sleep, or getting poor-quality sleep, can be bad for your health. Learn how to make sleep a priority.

Matters of the heart

February 6, 2019

February is American Heart Month. Learn more about how you can evaluate your heart health.

I Resolve . . . to get to the dentist!

January 9, 2019

Have dental insurance, but are too afraid to get your covered routine cleanings and exams? Learn how to overcome your dental phobia so you can use your benefits you paid for—and to get the care you need!

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