University of California, San Diego

October 31, 2008

ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD (excluding UC San Diego Medical Center)

SUBJECT:    Annual Open Enrollment Period and Health and Wellness Expo

The 2009 annual open enrollment period began on Thursday, October 30, 2008 and ends at midnight on Tuesday, November 25, 2008. The annual open enrollment period offers members the opportunity to make various health and welfare plan changes including enrollment options and the opportunity to make other health and welfare plan changes. Detailed information regarding open enrollment options can be found at


The second annual UC San Diego Health and Wellness Expo is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Price Center Ballroom. This special event is designed to highlight provisions of the "UC Living Well" systemwide wellness initiative and will include an array of activities and exhibits that support healthy living.

Information regarding the availability of UC San Diego resources that support wellness will be included. All members of the UC San Diego community are encouraged to attend the Expo to obtain the latest information directly from health and welfare plan carriers, who will be available to answer questions during the event. This year's Expo highlights will include a special presentation by nationally recognized motivational speaker and personal fitness trainer, Todd Durkin. Todd's presentation topic will be "10 in-- 10 out, The Making of a Champion." Additional information regarding Expo events is available at:


In recognition of the Health and Wellness Expo, I am approving one hour of administrative leave with pay that employees may apply to their attendance at the Expo. Supervisors may allow one hour of release time for staff to attend, as long as the absence does not infringe upon the performance of required job duties.

Questions regarding the Health and Wellness Expo may be directed to the Campus Benefits Office at (858) 534-2816.

Marye Anne Fox