Emory now offers employees an opportunity to participate through
payroll deduction in Georgia’s 529 College Savings Plan (also
known as the Georgia Higher Education Savings Plan) managed by TIAA-CREF.
The new plan allows employees to save for college for themselves,
relatives or friends by investing in a variety of funds. Investment
earnings in these funds grow free of federal and state taxes and
are exempt from federal and state income taxes upon withdrawal (provided
they are used to pay for qualified educational expenses). Parents
may take up to a $2,000 state tax deduction if their combined adjusted
gross income is less than $100,000.
Funds in Georgia’s 529 Plan can be used to pay for higher
education expenses at colleges, universities, vocational and technical
schools, or other post-secondary institutions in Georgia or anywhere
in the United States, and even at some schools abroad.
Mark your calendar for a “Saving for College” workshop
to be presented by certified financial planner Mike Kavanagh, WSB-750
AM radio host, and Charles Penuel, director of Georgia Higher Education
Savings Plan. The event will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 9–11
a.m. in the Goizueta Business School auditorium.
For more information or to receive a 529 Plan enrollment kit, call
your benefits specialist at 404-727-7613. Details also are available
(The Internet Guide to 529 Plans).
Calling all walkers!
Join co-workers for a walk around the park each Monday until Sept.
30. The group will meet at 5:15 p.m. at the entrance to Lullwater
Park and will walk for one hour.
Many people find participating in structured weight management programs,
such as Weight Watchers, effective in losing weight and keeping
it off. Weight Watchers @ Emory meets Mondays from noon–1
p.m. at the Emory Clinic’s Brown Auditorium.
The next Weight Watchers @ Emory information meeting is Sept. 9
at that time and location. The first class starts Sept. 16. The
cost is $159 for 15 weeks, payable in three installments. For more
information or to join, call Yvonne Hodge at the Emory Well House,
Here are five helpful weight loss tips:
1. Watch your portions. At first, you may have to
measure and weigh your foods until you can recognize a typical portion
2. Keep a food diary. Include when, what, where
and why you eat. The diary will help you identify your eating triggers
3. Exercise. It burns calories, makes you feel better
and may also curb your appetite.
4. Focus on gradual weight loss. A loss of about
one pound per week is typical.
5. Remember, the goal of any weight management plan
should be long-term
weight control with slow weight loss and no risk
to your health.