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. 

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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 UPlan premiums
  • 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 The Wellness Program Works

When you complete any of the activities in the Wellness Program, you'll earn wellness points. The number of points you need to earn to save money on your health insurance depends on who is covered under your plan. To see how many points you need to earn to save money on your UPlan premiums in 2018, take a look at this chart:

If your UPlan coverage is: You need to earn at least: To save this amount in 2018:
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: If you earn enough wellness points to save money on your UPlan rates, that amount will be spread out over 26 pay periods in 2018. 

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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, 2017.
Biometric Health Screening 150 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Wellness My Way Self-Reported Wellness Activity 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Self-Reported Volunteer Pledge 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Advance Care Directive Pledge 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Annual Flu Shot Pledge 25 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Non-Tobacco User Pledge 25 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Be Active Bike Commuter Program 75 or 125 Enroll by May 31, 2017. Complete by August 31, 2017.
Gym Reimbursement - Fit Choices 75 or 125 Enroll by February 1, 2017. Complete by July 31, 2017.
Walking Program - 10K-A-Day 50 Enroll by June 30, 2017. Complete by August 31, 2017.
Health Trails Challenge 50 Challenge runs January 31, 2017 - March 10, 2017. Must enroll by the end of the first week of the challenge.
Manage Your Health Weight Watchers on Campus 150 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Renew Weight Management 150 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Healthy Pregnancy 100 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Digital Workshops 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Coaching and Support Telephone Health Coaching 250 Enroll by May 31, 2017. Complete by August 31, 2017.
Face-to-Face Health Coaching 200 Enroll by April 30, 2017. Complete by August 31, 2017.
Self-Directed Coaching 50 Enroll by May 30, 2017. Complete by August 31, 2017.
Stress Less (Morris campus) 50 Enroll by May 30, 2017. Complete by August 31, 2017.
Stress Management Coaching 50 Enroll by May 30, 2017. Complete by August 31, 2017.
Four Cornerstones of Financial Literacy 150 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Medication Therapy Management 100 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Specialty Therapy Management 100 Complete by August 31, 2017.
University Wellness Classes Cooking for Wellness: The Basics 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Cooking for Wellness: Getting Creative 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Group Strength Express 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Heart Rate Express 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Kettlebell Express 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Cross-Training Express 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Yoga 101 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Mindfulness in Motion 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.
Eat Well on Campus 50 Complete by August 31, 2017.