Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Only a few weeks left to sign up for MHealthy Rewards

Nearly 9,000 qualifying, benefits-eligible faculty and staff, approximately 24 percent, have completed the 2010 health questionnaire, the gateway into the MHealthy Rewards program.

Learn more

• For more information on MHealthy Rewards, go to www.MHealthy.umich.edu/rewards or call MHealthy at 734-975-3024.

• For the StayWell Web site, where faculty and staff can start or complete the health questionnaire or access the Points Bank, go to https://umich.online.staywell.com.

The deadline to enroll in the program — by completing the health questionnaire — is April 9. Participants can then earn a $100 before-tax incentive for completing two eligible activities by Dec. 3.

MHealthy Rewards includes activities in five key health areas: eating right/managing weight, moving more, being tobacco free, managing stress, and preventing and managing health conditions.

LaVaughn Palma-Davis, senior director of University Health & Well-Being Services, says MHealthy is nearly halfway to meeting the universitywide participation goal of 50 percent by the health questionnaire deadline.

“We want to get at least 50 percent participation in the health questionnaire to engage people in learning about their health risks, setting goals for improvement, and taking action throughout the year to achieve their personal health goals. In this way, we hope to provide the support necessary to make a meaningful difference in our population’s health and impact our long-term health care costs,” she says.

“The personal health report you receive immediately after completing your health questionnaire makes the 15 or 20 minutes you spend well worth the time and effort,” continues Palma-Davis. “Even if you don’t know your numbers for blood pressure, glucose or cholesterol, you can still get an accurate health report by answering as many of the other questions as possible.”

“In May 2010, we will acknowledge those departments and units that have achieved 50 percent or higher participation in the health questionnaire,” says Palma-Davis. “Our hope is that every university area will be recognized.”

To earn the $100 incentive, benefits-eligible employees not only must complete the health questionnaire by April 9 but also select and complete two eligible health and well-being activities before Dec. 3.

“There are dozens of eligible activities that can be done online, in person or by phone,” says Palma-Davis. “Tracking your physical activity online; completing a stress-management, tobacco-treatment or weight-management program; or a wide variety of online health improvement programs can all count toward earning the $100 incentive.”

As with last year’s wellness assessments, to ensure the confidentiality of personal health information, the university has again contracted with StayWell® Health Management, a national provider of health improvement services, to administer the health questionnaire and health coaching service. Additionally, StayWell’s Web site includes a feature called the “Points Bank” that contains a complete list and completion requirements for all Rewards-eligible activities.