With the launch of MHealthy Rewards, benefits-eligible faculty and staff have the opportunity to work on their health goals and earn an incentive in the process.
For 2017, the focus is on choosing healthy activities that work best for you and taking action:
- Step 1: Complete an eligible activity – earn $50
- Step 2: Complete a different activity – earn another $50
Eligible activities offer something for everyone and include programs to help you better manage health conditions, move more, eat smarter, manage weight, stress less, quit tobacco, and drink less alcohol.
Jackie Earles says the reward is extra motivation for things she was already doing, like participating in MHealthy’s chair yoga class and exercising on a recumbent bike.
“It’s a great benefit to have a fitness center in our building where I can go to a chair yoga class or schedule time to exercise with my coworkers,” says Earles, an executive assistant in UHR Strategy and Planning. “Afterward, I feel stronger and more energized. My main motivation is to maintain mobility, flexibility and stamina so I can keep up with my grandsons but the $100 reward is a nice extra. It’s wonderful that the university wants to reward me for doing these things.”
Rewards-eligible activities currently available include Ready to Lose, MHealthy Personal Training, MHealthy mental and emotional well-being classes, Weight Watchers, StayWell Self-Directed Coaching programs, the Alcohol Management Program, and much more.
New for 2017, eligible U-M Premier Care members can earn a Rewards incentive with the Diabetes Prevention Program. Through a collaboration with the Benefits Office and Blue Care Network, members can join a local program or participate online with no out-of-pocket cost.
One major change to Rewards for 2017 is that completing the online health questionnaire is not required. And while the questionnaire and personal report that it generates are still available for those who value it as a motivational tool, there is not a $50 incentive for completing it.
“This year, we’re focusing on healthy activities and taking action,” says LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director for Health and Well-Being Services. “However, because the health questionnaire is a valuable resource that offers customized information about your health and risk areas, it is still available to help you determine your top health priorities, choosing which activities to participate in, or if you want to compare this year’s results with previous years’.”
A complete list of Rewards-eligible activities and how to earn incentives can be found on the StayWell Portal. Access the portal from the MHealthy Reward’s website.