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July brings a wealth of financial wellness information to Sandia

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$UCCE$$ IS IN YOUR HANDS — The motto for this year’s Financial Wellness campaign is “Success from where you are.”

In July, Sandia Human Resources will present Financial Wellness Month, a series of virtual presentations that cover a wide variety of topics relevant to members of the workforce of all generations and career stages.

Financial Wellness Month focuses on the importance of financial health as a critical aspect for the overall health and wellbeing of members of the workforce.

“We know that financial stressors can tie to overall mental health and even more so this year with the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing financial impact that has affected so many,” said Senior Manager Mary Romero Hart. “Financial health is key to people’s overall wellbeing and ability to thrive both at home and at work, which is our goal for Sandians.”

The vision of Financial Wellness Month is that every Sandian benefits from the monthlong event by learning how to reduce financial stress, improve financial literacy and explore financial topics they may not have otherwise researched.

The 2021 event will feature 29 presentations with financial information, opportunities and discounts for all Sandians. External presenters include Fidelity, Prudential, Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, the Social Security Administration and Corestream, the Labs’ partner in administering the Sandia Extras Voluntary Benefits program.

“We are excited to be providing diverse topics applicable to Sandians at varying career levels with multigenerational perspectives and unique individual needs,” Mary said. “They include everything from 401k planning, buying a first home, insurance, saving for emergencies, preparing for retirement, paying off student loans, saving for college and even navigating market volatility.”

Throughout July, members of the workforce can explore presentations on diverse topics such as “money musts,” retirement planning and Social Security, student debt, strategic money moves by age range, setting financial goals, managing financial stress, paid leave benefits, college funding, estate planning and many more.

Employee Health Services also will offer presentations aligned with Financial Wellness Month, including two Nutri Chats on “Affordable and delicious summertime favorite foods” and the “Show me the money” HRA Earnings Session.

All Financial Wellness Month events are free to members of the workforce. Sandia and, in some cases, the external presenters will require enrol lment through their websites for each presentation.

Financial Wellness Month participants will be awarded 1,000 points in their Virgin Pulse membership account by August 15. Participants in the Employee Health Services events will receive an additional 500 Virgin Pulse points for each attended event, as administered by instructors.

More information on schedules, how to enroll for presentations and other financial resources is available on the HR Solutions Financial Wellness page.