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Faculty and staff wellness program Healthy OHIO starts Oct. 1

Employees now have more opportunities to earn rewards

Since 2008, Healthy OHIO has been a cornerstone of the wellness programming that WellWorks – a College of Health Sciences and Professions initiative – and University Human Resources collaboratively offer for OHIO employees and their spouses/partners. Healthy OHIO has continued to grow each year, providing an annual health screening and education to more than 1,600 participants this past spring. Now, thanks to a contract with the premier online wellness platform Virgin Pulse, eligible participants have more ways to engage in healthy habits year round, while earning up to $260 per year in rewards!

“We wanted to offer participants ways to focus on all areas of their well-being, not just physical wellness,” said WellWorks Director Jenn Bennett. “Now, with the Virgin Pulse program, people will have the ability to set their own goals and track progress in multiple ‘thrive’ areas, participate in free educational modules and have options for friendly, steps-based challenges across all campuses. Participants can earn points, and rewards, for healthy behaviors all year long.” 

Who’s eligible for Healthy OHIO ccreenings and the Virgin Pulse Platform?
Employees and their spouses/partners enrolled in OHIO University's medical plan can receive health screenings, engage with Virgin Pulse and earn monetary rewards.

When and ehere will health screenings be offered? 
Completing your annual health screening with Healthy OHIO earns you $60, plus you receive free lab work and a results review. Need an early morning appointment? Live outside of the Athens area? There are three convenient options for health screenings this fall:

  • Castrop WorkHealth Clinic: Monday – Friday, Oct. 1 – Nov. 30, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Located in the Castrop Center, 75 Hospital Dr., Suite 370. Call 614-566-9675 to schedule your appointment. 
  • Baker Center: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Baker University Center second floor corridor. Schedule online by visiting ohio.edu/wellworks > Healthy OHIO > Health Screenings, or call WellWorks at 740-593-2093 for scheduling assistance.
  • Physician Screening Form: Oct. 1 – Nov. 30; ask your physician to fill out a Physician Screening Form with your recent (within the last 6 months) lab work, then fax it to WellWorks. See ohio.edu/wellworks > Healthy OHIO > Health Screenings for form and details.

Regional campus screenings will be held during the spring 2018 semester. Keep your eyes on your email for details coming next year! In the meantime, all OHIO employees and spouses/partners enrolled in the medical plan can utilize the many features available on Virgin Pulse. 

How can I earn rewards with Virgin Pulse? When and how will I be paid?
When OHIO’s Virgin Pulse program launched in January 2017, participants had the chance to earn points that corresponded to virtual raffle entries for $50 or $100 in cash prizes. Now, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2017 (October – December), everyone who earns points through Virgin Pulse will earn cash rewards:

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The maximum, cumulative quarterly award is $50, so if participants complete their annual health screening ($60) and reach Level 4 on their Virgin Pulse member portal each quarter, they can receive as much as $260 per year! OHIO employees can log into their member portal at: healthy.ohio.edu. Spouses and partners can receive access instructions at: ohio.edu/wellworks > Healthy OHIO > Virgin Pulse. 

Why explore Virgin Pulse?
OHIO employee Belinda B. says it best:  “Virgin Pulse is a reminder for me daily to take steps in the right direction for my well-being.  Even when I veer off course it is there helping me to reach my goals.  It has challenged me to really look at my habits and educated me on delicious healthy recipes.  I grocery shop healthier and I am starting to see the benefits of the healthy habits.  It gives me encouragement and tracks my progress daily in so many different areas. Thank you to Ohio University for offering such a great program to its employees.” 

Join Healthy OHIO this fall, and throughout the upcoming year, to enjoy your health your way, more so than ever before!