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Aging

American Society on Aging (ASA) is a professional organization with the goal of enhancing the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. ASA offers professional education, publications, conferences, and webinars that reflect the diversity of its members and the public it serves.

National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC that brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults, improves their health and independence and their continuing contributions to the communities in which they live.

Breast Cancer

Vida! is an educational series intended to promote good health in English- and Spanish-speaking populations across the State of Arizona. This series is sponsored by the UA Cancer Center and the Arizona Telemedicine Program, in collaboration with UA Life & Work Connections.

Crisis and Emergency

Call the 24/7 hotline to get answers about poisoning. The phones are answered by pharmacists with special national certification as Poison Information Specialists, 1-800-222-1222.

Crisis Response Network of Southern Arizona offers a 24-hour crisis line staffed with professional crisis interventionists and can provides help in multiple languages. In addition, the crisis network offers warm line, mobile teams, crisis transport services, and petitions for court-ordered evaluations and treatment, (800) 796-6762; TTY (520) 284-3500.

Disease-Specific Organizations

To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

  • Tucson - Southern Arizona Regional Office: (520) 322-6601
  • Phoenix - Central Arizona Regional Office: (602) 528-0545
  • Prescott -Northern Arizona Regional Office: (928) 771-9257

For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 182,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

Created in 1997, the American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’sNo. 5 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors.

Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, which offers Power Over Parkinson's, a hallmark program that seeks to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease and the issues that are important to the Parkinson's community.

Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. We do so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Would you like to have the opportunity to learn from the many successful blind people across the country?  Are you interested in joining with others to increase opportunities for blind people?  Consider joining the National Federation of the Blind!

For over half a century, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has focused on meeting the needs in the care and treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired has been working with blind and visually impaired people since 1964 and serves over 2,000 blind and visually impaired clients per year. SAAVI was formed by two sisters for visually impaired individuals and has made innovative changes in the past 45 years with a goal to provide dynamic and progressive programs and services to meet the needs of people with a vision loss.

Eating Disorders

Welcome to Edap.org. Are you struggling with bulimia, binge eating or emotional eating? These eating disorders lead many people to weight gain and obesity. Here you will learn how to fight an Eating Disorder  with the help of an Approved weight loss Program (EDAP).

This is trade book publisher specializing in eating disorders.

Overeater's Anonymous offers self-help for overeating, national organization with local meetings.

Fatigue Management

Financial

“Students and employees can come to the pantry on distribution days and get the food they need for free, when presenting a CatCard.  Distribution days were not listed for current semester.”
 

Gardening

The Community Food Bank offers free workshops, in English and Spanish, at the Community Food Bank site on home gardening. Topics include “Soil and Compost,” “Planting a Healthy Garden” and “Garden Basics Intensive.” Space is limited and advanced registration is required.  For dates call 520-622-0525, ext.263

Community Gardens of Tucson is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization promoting neighborhood gardens in Tucson. There are over forty community garden sites in Tucson. Check out the garden map to find a site near you!

Fruits & Veggies More Matters provides a How-To Guide for growing your own garden. It also provides information about what should be done to the garden and when they should be done as well as what plants are in season and much more.

Get current information about food grown and produced in the U.S.

Pima County Horticulture offers abundant gardening information on their website.  Master gardeners are available to answer questions and information about weekly garden talks, the WaterSmart Program, plant clinics, and handouts such as “Ten Steps for a Successful Vegetable Garden,” are available on the website.

The Garden Kitchen is a "seed to table" program from UA Cooperative Extension. It has a garden site with a kitchen and food demonstration set-up in Tucson. Free hands-on cooking demonstrations. 

Discover gardening resources and updates from community gardens across the United States from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Register your community garden!

Tucson Clean & Beautiful is Tucson's non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and improving our local environment, improving natural resources within Tucson and eastern Pima County.

Tucson Organic Gardeners provides information about organic gardening through free meetings and guest speaker lectures, a monthly newsletter, events, and classes.

Tucson Organic Gardeners, a non-profit, provides free gardening information and presentations.

UA Cooperative Extension provides gardening tips, programs, publications, and events. Resources include, “Ask A Gardening Question,” events include gardening presentations, and programs include “Citrus Management,” “Smartscape,” and “Urban Horticulture.”

Gardening information from The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension program.

General Health

Men's health information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Call the 24/7 hotline to get answers about poisoning. The phones are answered by pharmacists with special national certification as Poison Information Specialists. 1-800-222-2222.
Women's health information from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Personal health tools and information.

Healthy Women is a respected, non-profit, independent health information source for women.

Sound information on a wide spectrum of topics from the Mayo Clinic.
Website of the U.S. Surgeon General

Health information for the consumer from the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.

Highlights wellness opportunities at the UA for students and staff. It includes an events calendar.

Nutrition

Center for Science in the Public Interest is a non-profit, non-government organization that promotes healthy nutrition, food safety and sustainable food production.

Nutrition information from the United States Department of Agriculture.
Current research-based nutrition information from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides nutrition infomraiton, articles, and recipes for children of all ages. 
As a part of ChooseMyPlate.gov this site has nutritional games, curriculum, recipes and more for children.  Nutrition information from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Information for the public from the National Agriculture Library and the U.S. Department of Agriculture about food assistance programs, nutrition for health and life stages, weight management and meal planning.

NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Herbs at a Glance series has reliable information to help you learn what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information about these and other herbs and botanicals.

Oldways is a non-profit organization committed to addressing health issues through nutrition and preserving culinary traditions. The site has information on the Mediterranean diet and various other cultural traditions for healthy eating.

The Mediterranean Diet & Mediterranean Diet Pyramid from the UA Department of Nutritional Sciences.

This site provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators and consumers including the USDA Nutrient Database - a comprehensive food composition database.

Physical Activity

America Walks is a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. 

The goal of the Arizona Physical Activity Program is to promote moderate daily physical activity in order to prevent and control chronic disease morbidity and mortality.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site for active living. Site for determining the intensity of various physical activities. 

Exercise is Medicine is a global research based initiative to promote exercise for the prevention of chronic disease. 

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Physical fitness information from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance provides support and resources for professionals in physical education, fitness, dance, and health promotion.

The American College of Sports Medicine provides fitness information. It is considered to be the authority for sports/fitness information.

The American Council on Exercise provides public education, outreach and research regarding fitness products, programs and trends. ACE has an extensive exercise library with videos and workout programs. 

UA Campus Recreation Campus Recreation provides high quality innovative fitness resources for the UA campus.
 

Recipes

Every dish has been rigorously tested and approved by AICR recipe developers, dietitians and staff. For a new AICR recipe every week via email, sign up for our Health-e-Recipes.

Food Day is a celebration, and what would a celebration, especially one about food, be without delicious food. We’ve adapted a variety of delicious, healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes from some of the country’s most prominent chefs and cookbook writers. Choose seasonal, locally grown, and organic ingredients when possible.

Do you want to follow the Mediterranean Diet? Are you trying to inspire your kids to take part in cooking and meal planning? Looking for a realistic way to plan meals and shop efficiently? Our recipe collection reflects a careful balance of health, taste, and accessibility. You’ll find a wide array of recipes, representing different cuisines and flavors for the novice kitchen dabbler to the expert cook.

Referral Services

Access to current and local information on support groups happening in Arizona. Search by type of group and location.

Resiliency

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson's book, Positivity, and free online tools can help you improve your "positivity ratio", your health and your resiliency.

Resources

UA Life & Work Connections appreciates our Wellness Liaisons - your department champion for health. There are over 140 people from UA departments across the state who bring wellness information to you, communicating your feedback to us and facilitating wellness screenings and other employee wellness opportunities. Interested in advocating for your department? For more information contact Nancy Rogers at 621-4601 or rogersn@email.arizona.edu.

UA Life & Work Connections Employee Wellness is an active member of the Well University Partnership."The University of Arizona Well U Partnership brings together campus resources that support the Well U concept and reaches out to campus and community partners to promote all aspects of health and wellness. Well U actively recruits UA organizations, departments, and wellness-related programs to become Well U partners in order to extend support to all UA campus constituents: students, faculty, employees, retirees and alumni.

STATEWIDE RESOURCES

Wildfire's People's Information Guide has information on a variety of no-cost/low-cost programs and services available to lower-income individuals or families.

UA Campus Connections

UA Life & Work Connections Employee Wellness is an active member of the Healthiest Campus Coalition. The University of Arizona Healthiest Campus Coalition connects the University of Arizona community with health and wellness opportunities that support all aspects of well-being. The Healthiest Campus Coalition actively recruits UA organizations, departments, and wellness-related programs to become partners in order to extend support to all UA campus constituents: students, faculty, employees, retirees and alumni.
 

UA Health Insurance

Aetna: 1-866-217-195; Policy # 476687 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Ameriben/Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ: 1-866-955-155; Policy # 1009013 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

CIGNA: 1-800-968-7366; Policy # 3331993 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

MedImpact (Pharmacy): 1-866-648-6769

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Have more questions about the Medimpact Pharmacy program, find out more on the ADOA Benefits site.

United Healthcare: 1-800-896-1067; Policy # 705963 

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Walgreens Health Initiatives (Pharmacy - mail order/speciality only): 1-866-722-2141; Policy # 0002 Active

**IMPORTANT** Counseling is covered by your UA health benefit. Remember to use your Employee ID number (not SSN) when contacting medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account carriers through your health benefit.

Vegetarian & Vegan

Physicians for Responsible Medicine promotes vegan nutrition. They have a 21-day Vegan Kickstart program.

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization promoting scientific and practical information about vegetarian and vegan nutrition.