The Wellness Program

The University of Minnesota wants to support your health. Whether that means helping you reduce your stress, manage a chronic condition, lose some weight, or stay healthy, the Wellness Program offers you a way to achieve your goal and be rewarded for it. 

The Wellness Program is available to all University employees and their spouses covered by the UPlan Medical Program. The Wellness Program helps you:

  • Save money on your annual UPlan rates in 2017
  • Rewards you for activities you already do to stay healthy
  • Gives you the chance to try out new wellness activities for little or no cost.

How it works

When you complete Wellness Program activities, you earn wellness points. The number of points you need to earn depends on who is covered under your plan. To see how many points you need to earn to get a UPlan rate reduction in 2017, take a look at this chart:

If your UPlan coverage is: You need to earn at least: To save this amount in 2017:
Employee-only 400 points $400
Employee and Children 400 points $400
Employee and Spouse with or without Children 600 points (your spouse can earn up to 200 of these points) $600

Note: The UPlan rate reduction you get through the Wellness Program will reflect in your 2017 paychecks over 26 pay periods.

How to Begin Earning Wellness Points

There is no right or wrong way to earn all the points you need. However, there is a common path that many people take when they start earning points:

  1. Take the wellness assessment on StayWell Online to earn 150 points in less than ten minutes. If your spouse is covered by the UPlan, he or she can also take the wellness assessment on StayWell Online and earn 150 points.
  2. Set up a biometric health screening either through Boynton Health Service, the Duluth QuickCare Clinic, or through your physician's office [Provider form] and earn 150 points.
  3. Check out the wide selection of wellness programs to see which interest you.

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Wellness Programs

Because we know that wellness has a different meaning to everyone, we offer many types of programs to reward employees for focusing on their health. To make navigating your own path to wellness easier, the wellness programs are organized into categories.

Category Program Wellness points Completion Deadline
Health Assessments Wellness Assessment 150 Complete by March 31, 2016.
Health Assessments Biometric Health Screening 150 Complete by August 31, 2016.
Coaching and Support Telephone Health Coaching - Manage a Chronic Condition 250 Enroll by May 31, 2016. Complete by August 31, 2016.
Coaching and Support Telephone Health Coaching - Make a Lifestyle Change 200 Enroll by May 31, 2016. Complete by August 31, 2016.
Coaching and Support Face-to-Face Health Coaching 200 Enroll by April 30, 2016. Complete by August 31, 2016.
Coaching and Support Self-Directed Coaching 50 Enroll by May 30, 2016. Complete by August 31, 2016.
Coaching and Support Medication Therapy Management 100 Complete by August 31, 2016.
Manage Your Health Weight Watchers on Campus 150 Complete by August 31, 2016.
Manage Your Health Renew Weight Management 150 Complete by August 31, 2016.
Manage Your Health Healthy Pregnancy 100 Complete by August 31, 2016.
Manage Your Health Digital Workshops 50 Complete by August 31, 2016.
Be Active Bike Commuter Program 75 or 125 Enroll by May 31, 2016. Complete by August 31, 2016.
Be Active Gym Reimbursement - Fit Choices 75 or 125 Enroll by February 1, 2016. Complete by July 31, 2016.
Be Active Walking Program - 10K-A-Day 50 Enroll by June 30, 2016. Complete by August 31, 2016.
Wellness My Way Self-Reported Wellness Activity 50 Complete by August 31, 2016.
Wellness My Way

University-Sponsored Wellness Course:

50 Complete by August 31, 2016.
Pledge Your Commitment Annual Flu Shot Pledge 25 Complete by August 31, 2016.
Pledge Your Commitment Non-Tobacco User Pledge 25 Complete by August 31, 2016.