January 12, 2018
Registration is now open for MHealthy's 2018 Rewards program. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff have the opportunity to learn about their 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 well-being incentive program. This year's program includes two steps:
Step 1: Register for Rewards by completing the 2018 online StayWell health questionnaire accessible via the MHealthy Rewards website. Those who register by April 20 will qualify for a fitness center membership reimbursement.
Step 2: Earn points by completing eligible health and well-being activities. Accumulate 100 points to earn $100.
Once registered, faculty and staff can complete eligible healthy activities to earn points towards earning $100.
More than two dozen healthy activities are eligible. Employees can choose to 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 through Oct. 19.
Returning favorites include Active U, Colorful Choices, and the MHealthy Ready to Lose weight management program.
New activities include an online SleepWell Program, online 21-Day Meditation program, MHealthy chef demonstrations, and the Personal Action Towards Health (PATH) program.
Dennis Butterfield-Halbedel, maintenance mechanic and group leader in the building maintenance department at UM-Flint, takes his two dogs for daily walks on his 10 acres of property. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)
Dennis Butterfield-Halbedel credits MHealthy and the programs available through Rewards with helping him recover faster after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle last May.
"My dedication to exercise and a healthy lifestyle is due to MHealthy," says Butterfield-Halbedel, a maintenance mechanic and group leader in the Building Maintenance Department, UM-Flint.
"I sustained broken ribs, a punctured lung, and broken facial bones and a cracked hipbone. The doctors and nurses told me it was fortunate that I was in good physical shape or my injuries and recovery time could have been a lot worse."
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 site.
In addition to earning $100 for completing activities, faculty and staff who register for Rewards by April 20 can also be reimbursed for their fitness center membership. For every month between January and October 2018 that an employee verifies their membership, they can earn a $12-per-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 well-being," says LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director of health and well-being 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."
The following types of fitness center memberships are eligible for reimbursement:
• Health clubs and gym memberships
• Community center memberships
• Yoga facility memberships
• Pilates facility memberships
• Spinning facility memberships
• Barre facility memberships
• Crossfit facility memberships
Fitness facilities in the community or at U-M qualify for reimbursement.
To register for Rewards, employees must complete the 2018 confidential StayWell health questionnaire. The questionnaire helps individuals annually reflect on their overall well-being, then set goals to maintain or improve their health. The deidentified aggregate (group) data also helps the university evaluate its health and well-being efforts and plan future activities.
Information provided within the MHealthy Rewards program is treated as confidential. To ensure the confidentiality of the information collected with the health questionnaire and online program and resources, U-M continues its partnership with The StayWell Company, LLC, a national provider of health improvement services.