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Handling Holiday Stress
Sadly, the holidays can often be a source of stress rather than what they're meant to be: a chance to share the festive
season with family and friends. Here are some tips for coping with stress and getting more cheer out of your holidays.

  • -Don't be perfect; be you. Set realistic expectations for yourself. Keep your plans and activities simple.
  • -Pace yourself. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's can all be busy times. Remember, the season lasts for weeks. Get organized and break your preparations into small steps.
  • -Budget wisely. It is easy to buy on credit and ignore the bills until after the holidays. Set your limit ahead of time.
  • -Get into the spirit. Deck the halls. Build a snowman. Too often adults miss out on the simple pleasures of celebrating the holidays.
  • -Take time out for yourself. Unwind and pamper yourself with a break from the action. Try relaxation techniques, meditation and deep-breathing exercises.
  • -Embrace family. Look forward to reuniting with relatives this holiday. Cherish the time you spend with your loved ones, and make an effort to be as relaxed, positive and cheerful as you can.
  • -Celebrate safely. Give your body a gift this year by treating it with respect. Try not to overindulge in sweets and goodies. Know your limits when it comes to alcohol.
  • -Make New Year's resolutions. Setting goals challenges us to aim for higher fulfillment and self-improvement.

For more tips on keeping the holidays healthy and happy at work and at home, consult the Holiday Resource Guide on


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Please note: the Wellness Benefit is currently only available to retirees.  The benefit for active employees was discontinued on June 30, 2017 and all forms/receipts needed to be submitted by September 30, 2017.

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2017 Wellness Benefit Forms: Retirees

Who is Eligible?

Currently, only retirees enrolled in a Cigna Health Plan through Dartmouth College are eligible.  

When was the Wellness Benefit discontinued?
The Wellness Benefit was discontinued on June 30, 2017 for active employees and their covered adult family members.

Retirees on a Dartmouth College health plan will be able to use the Wellness Benefit through December 31, 2017 (forms need to be submitted by March 31, 2018).

When do I need to submit my 2017 Wellness Benefit forms?
For active employees: the submission deadline of September 30 has passed and forms are no longer being accepted.

For retirees: To receive reimbursement for any 2017 eligible Wellness Benefit expenses, all participation criteria must be met prior to December 31, 2017.  All forms/receipts must be submitted by March 30, 2018.

What is the Participation Requirement for the Wellness Benefit?

You must meet the attendance criteria after your purchase before submitting your reimbursement form. There is an attestation section at the bottom of the benefit form that requires your signature; no log sheets are necessary. Participation requirements may vary depending on purchase. Click here to find the participation requirement for each eligible reimbursement option.

What Can I Get Reimbursed for through the Wellness Benefit?

  • Exercise Classes: 4-week minimum, or on-going drop-in classes.
  • Fitness Activities: Fitness facilities, personal training, sports league/club fees, alpine/cross country ski passes, golf greens fees/membership (must walk the course).
  • Health-Promoting Activity Devices: Pedometers, accelerometers (e.g. Fitbit, Jawbone), heart rate monitors, and sports watches.
  • Workshops: Multi-week workshops related to weight management, tobacco cessation, stress management, or general health; and in-person Weight Watchers meetings.
  • Race Fees: Walking/Running, biking, swimming, rowing, skiing, multi-component races.

What options do I have in 2018?

Active benefits eligible employees will have a choice between the Pulse Program or the $225 Fitness Reimbursement Benefit for 2018.  This election will be made during the Open Enrollment time period.   

All retirees enrolled on a Cigna Health Plan through Dartmouth College will have access to the $225 Fitness Reimbursement Benefit in 2018, which will replace the existing $200 Wellness Benefit.  The $225 Fitness Reimbursement Benefit will be limited to expenses for fitness facilities and exercise classes, including online/DVD exercise classes.  

More details can be found here.

If I have questions regarding the Wellness Benefit or the status of my reimbursement, who should I contact?

Please reach out to the Wellness at Dartmouth office at or 603-646-3706.  


The Wellness Benefit is a taxable benefit. To minimize the impact, Dartmouth College will contribute a set percentage to offset your required tax withholding.  For reimbursements processed by October 31st, taxes will be processed before the end of the calendar year.  For any reimbursements processed after Oct 31st, taxes will be processed in the following calendar year. This benefit, plus applicable taxes, will be reported on your W2.  For questions about this benefit, please contact  

Wellness Benefit terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of Dartmouth College.

If your Cigna coverage through Dartmouth College ends mid-year, there is a 3-month grace period for any submissions. (All purchases must be made prior to termination end date).

Last Updated: 11/14/17