The University of Minnesota Wellness Program is now called the University of Minnesota Wellbeing Program to better reflect the University’s goal to support your physical, emotional, financial, and social health.
The new program year will kick-off on October 1, 2017 and will run through August 31, 2018. It will be supported by a new vendor, RedBrick Health, which is replacing Staywell.
The University’s Wellbeing Program has all the programs you have enjoyed in the past plus some new additions. See a complete list of all offerings and their associated points here.
Changes for 2017-2018
Save More Money
The amount of money you can save on your future UPlan premiums by earning points in the Wellbeing Program is increasing! Starting October 1, 2017, you will be able to earn points to save either $500 or $750 on your premiums in 2019, depending on whether you have a spouse who is covered. See the chart below for specific information on how many points you need to earn to get a discount:
|If your UPlan coverage is:||You need to earn at least:||To save this amount in 2019:|
|Employee and Children||500 points||$500|
|Employee and Spouse with or without Children||750 points (your spouse can earn up to 250 of these points)||$750|
Although the amount of points you need to earn to save money on your UPlan premiums is increasing this year, we have also increased the point values for many of our program offerings.
RedBrick Health offers an easy-to-navigate portal so you can quickly identify the wellbeing programs that are right for you and keep track of your points. RedBrick is also offering several new options for U of M employees to earn points and improve their wellbeing, such as:
- Next Step Consult™, a phone call you schedule to review your health assessment results and navigate which program options would benefit you
- RedBrick Journeys®, a virtual coaching system covering 75 different health and wellbeing topics
- RedBrick Track™, which enables you to track and sync your activity, eating, and sleep
- RedBrick Rally™, a fun way to engage your friends and colleagues in health challenges
Reimbursement and Taxation Changes
Because of specific tax codes, starting on January 1, 2018, the University will need to start taxing employees and their spouses on reimbursements and discounts they receive for participating in some Wellbeing Program offerings including:
University Fitness Classes
- AquaFit (Morris only)
- Cross Training Express
- Group Strength Express
- Heart Rate Express
- Kettlebell Express
- Yoga 101
University Mindfulness Classes
- Mindfulness at Work
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
University Cooking Classes
- Cooking for Wellness—The Basics
- Cooking for Wellness—Getting Creative
Additional Reimbursements or Discounts
- Fit Choices gym reimbursements
- Nice Ride University employee discount
- Weight Watchers on Campus
To compensate for the increased taxes, beginning on October 1, 2017, you will earn more points for participating in these Wellbeing Program offerings. Reimbursements will be 50% of the program cost, up to a maximum of $100 for one class in each of the categories of fitness, mindfulness, or cooking classes is eligible per program year. Two Weight Watchers series can be reimbursed per program year.