On the Way to Wellness is designed to help employees discover their current health status and become aware of future medical risks. On the Way to wellness will partner with you to improve your health and wellbeing with targeted programs and helpful information.
Participation is optional, but the University will be offering an incentive for you to participate. If you complete a Health Risk Assessment questionnaire AND have a biometric screening, you will be eligible to pay $30 less per month ($15 less per pay for non-exempt staff) for your medical coverage in 2014 than employees who do not participate. That's it - that is all you need to do to pay $30 per month less. That is $360 per year back in your wallet! The questionnaire and screening should take less than 30 minutes of your time.
Union Health systems will be on campus beginning September 17 thru October 7 performing biometric screenings. All Benefits-eligible employees are eligible to participate - spouses/same sex domestic partners need not participate for 2014, but will be invited to participate for 2015.
First, complete a Personal Health Profile at www.onecommunity.com. When online with the health survey, the system will ask you to set up an appointment for your biometric health screening. The screening includes a finger stick to take a blood sample. You must fast at least 6 hours before your screening.
New Dates for Screening is December 4th from 7:00AM to 11:00AM and December 5th from 7:00 AM to 10:00AM in Tiery Lounge/Ballroom
Off Campus Screening Form - For people that have had a recent screening at their doctor's office
In recent studies it was found that almost 200,000 preventable deaths occur each year in the United States from heart disease and stroke. It was noted that people can greatly reduce their risk by eating less salt, managing their blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes and changing their lifestyle behaviors. The number one cause of preventable death in the United States was attributed to tobacco use which has been linked to several types of cancer, chronic lung and heart disease, pregnancy related issues and other serious health problems.
Beginning January 2014, for employees that use tobacco, the cost for health coverage will be assessed a surcharge of $50.00 per month. If you do not use tobacco, you can sign a “Tobacco-Free Affidavit” and not be charged this surcharge. You can also avoid the surcharge if you are currently using tobacco, but intend to quit AND participate in a tobacco cessation program. Participants will receive the premium reduction upon verification from the third-party showing certification of program completion.
Wellness Premium Subsidy
Starting January 2014, a subsidy for the University Health Coverage premiums will be offered to qualifying employees. The subsidy is determined by total verifiable household income. To qualify your family income must be less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. To apply for the subsidy for the 2014 calendar year, the application must be received no later than October 31, 2013. The documentation (tax return transcript) is due no later than November 30, 2013. You must apply each year to receive the subsidy for the following year.
Documentation -Search "Tax Return Transcript" atwww.irs.gov/
The pedometers are different this year (pictured to the left)! The StayFit Training pedometer allows you to change the mode to count not only your steps, but how many miles and kilometers you’ve gone, and even how many calories you’ve burned. You can change the settings to adjust stride length and body weight. Also, this year the reset button is on the front of the pedometer (instead of the top) so you will be less likely to accidently reset all your steps to zero. We WILL have better luck with the pedometers this time around!!
Wellness is a broad term that means so much more than just nutrition, exercise and physical health. Wellness is a holistic approach to living an optimally healthy lifestyle. This can be accomplished through balancing multiple dimensions of wellness that effect one's overall quality of life. A 'well' person strives to advance themselves in seven dimensions of wellness. Read more.
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