Active U Rules


To participate in Active U, you must be a current University of Michigan faculty or staff member, graduate or undergraduate student, retiree, alumni, or spouse/Other Qualified Adult (OQA) of a faculty or staff member. You may participate on your own, or you may join/form a team.

Additional information on Accessing the MHealthy Portal:

  • If at any time an employee’s employment changes with the university, this may impact their ability and their spouse/OQA’s ability to access the MHealthy Portal and the Active U program. If this happens on or before Feb. 6, email us at [email protected].
  • Newly hired benefits-eligible faculty and staff will gain access to the MHealthy Portal approximately 10 business days after they have elected their e-benefits online.  Their U-M benefits-enrolled spouse/other qualified adult will also gain access at this time.  

If you have any questions on eligibility, please contact U-M Shared Services Center at 734-615-2000.

Logging Activity Minutes

In Active U, you are asked to track your physical activity minutes for 12 weeks, January 22 – April 14, 2024. Activity minutes are logged in the Active U tracker on the MHealthy Portal. Minutes can be logged manually or by syncing a tracking device or mobile app. Please note that a week in the tracker runs Monday through Sunday.

Grace Period

You will have a 14-day grace period to log your activity minutes. The program ends on April 14, but you will have up to April 28 to log back two weeks. Please note that a week in the tracker runs Monday through Sunday.

Activity that "Counts"

“Moderate or vigorous activity.”

  • Moderate intensity aerobic activity means working hard enough to raise your heart rate while still being able to carry on a conversation. Examples are a brisk walk, cycling at moderate speeds, mopping, or light manual yard work.
  • Vigorous intensity aerobic activity causes rapid breathing and a substantial increase in heart rate. Examples include jogging, heavy manual yard work, or aerobic fitness classes like Zumba or spinning.

For a list of recommended types of activities, visit the Sample Exercises page.

Completing Active U

Once you've registered for Active U (includes completing the pre-survey), to successfully complete the program you must:

  1. Reach your personal weekly minutes goal.  Included in this is logging at least 30 minutes per day, at least 4 days per week. The minimum weekly goal allowed in the program is 150 minutes.
  2. Log successfully (see #2) at least 8 out of the 12 Active U weeks.
  3. Answer the program questions (available March 20 – April 28).