MHealthy Rewards offers new incentives in 2018

January 15, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Registration is now open for MHealthy’s 2018 Rewards program. If you are a benefits-eligible faculty or staff member, this is your opportunity to learn about your health, take action to maintain or improve it and earn incentives along the way!

Each year, more than 20,000 participate in the university’s annual health and wellbeing incentive program. This year’s program includes two easy steps:

  • Step 1: Register for Rewards by completing a confidential health questionnaire. If you register by April 20, you can qualify for a fitness center membership reimbursement.
  • Step 2: Earn points by completing eligible health and wellbeing activities. Accumulate 100 points to earn $100!

Achieve new goals

Once registered for MHealthy Rewards, you can earn points by completing any number of healthy activities.

That’s what Richana Gaskin did when she joined the program. Richana, an administrative assistant intermediate in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, said she originally participated for the $100 incentive. Since then, however, she’s remained involved in healthy activities such as exercise classes and online challenges because she loves how it keeps her body and mind strong and reduces stress.

“My main motivation was to keep up with my children and all of their extracurricular activities without being tired,” said Richana. “But I feel so accomplished when I push myself to do something I’ve never done before or when I’ve achieved a new goal. My colleagues now consider me the ‘fitness motivator’ in our department — yet another welcomed benefit!”

Dozens of activities to choose from

The program offers something for everyone, as more than two dozen healthy activities are eligible. Among them are programs that help you manage health conditions, stress less, move more, manage weight, quit tobacco or drink less alcohol. Activities are worth 25, 50 or 100 points each and can be completed anytime through Oct. 19.

Returning favorites include Active U, Colorful Choices and the MHealthy Ready to Lose weight management program. New choices include an online SleepWell Program, an online 21-day meditation program, MHealthy chef demonstrations and the Personal Action Towards Health (PATH) program.

A complete list of eligible activities, their point values and completion criteria is available on the StayWell Portal, which can be accessed from the MHealthy website.

New fitness center reimbursement

In addition to earning $100 for completing activities, you can also be reimbursed for a portion of a fitness center membership just by registering for Rewards. For every month between January and October that you verify membership, you can earn a $12/month credit. Verify up to 10 months to earn up to $120!

“This is an opportunity to reward our community members for being proactive about their wellbeing,” said LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director of health and wellbeing services. “Whether you currently have a membership or have been thinking of joining a fitness center, this new benefit can help ease some of the expense.”

Fitness facilities may be located at U-M or in the community. The following types of memberships are eligible for reimbursement:

  • Health clubs and gym memberships
  • Community center memberships
  • Yoga, pilates, spinning, barre or crossfit facility memberships

To register for Rewards, simply complete the 2018 confidential StayWell health questionnaire. The questionnaire helps you annually reflect on your overall wellbeing, then set goals to maintain or improve it.

Learn more about MHealthy Rewards and get started today!

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