2015 Wellness Incentive


Contact us:

HR Service Center
(573) 882-2146
Woodrail Centre
1000 W. Nifong
Building 7 - Suite 210
Columbia, MO 65211-8220

Go to the 2015 Annual Enrollment webpage

A two-tier incentive

Tier 1: educate yourself

Earn $150* in May 2015 by completing Tier 1. You'll need to:

1. Sign a wellness pledge, which will be available to you when completing your Annual Enrollment in myHR starting on October 20.

2. Complete a Personal Health Assessment (PHA).** The PHA is an online questionnaire designed to identify any potential health risks. It will open on October 1, 2014. A link will be provided here when the PHA becomes available.

3. Complete and submit a biometric health screening.**

Consult When can I work on my 2015 Wellness Incentive? (PDF) for details on when each step can be completed.

Tier 2: invest in yourself

Earn $300* in October 2015 by completing Tier 2 between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015.

You cannot participate in Tier 2 unless you also participate in Tier 1, but Tier 1 does not have to be complete before you begin Tier 2. Earn points by taking action to learn about healthy living and improve your health. For example:

  • Get a flu shot
  • Take an online wellness workshop
  • Join a physical activity class

Download Activities that will earn you points for Tier 2 (PDF) for details.

Please consult your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.***


Who can participate?

Any university faculty and staff member can participate in any and all Wellness Incentive activities. However, only employees who are active primary subscribers in a university medical plan are eligible to earn the Wellness Incentive funds.*


What's new this year?


A two-tier approach
We've expanded the Wellness Incentive this year. Earn up to $450* for taking steps to live a healthier life. You can choose to complete Tier 1 for $150 or both tiers for a total of $450.

A bigger payoff
You'll get a bigger payoff in more ways than one from the 2015 Wellness Incentive. We're offering more money for this year--$450* instead of the $100 offered last year. Even more importantly, we're offering more ways to get healthy!

When we kickoff the Wellness Incentive on October 1, 2014, we'll open access to a number of online and in-person courses and support tools that will help you meet your individual wellness goals. Plus, many activities you do right now (e.g., taking a fitness class at your local gym, riding your bike to work, or participating in Weight Watchers) will count toward your Wellness Incentive. (See a full list of eligible Tier 2 activities (PDF).) Stay tuned for more information.



Contact the HR Service Center at (573) 882-2146 or HRServiceCenter@umsystem.edu



*Your 2015 Wellness Incentive earnings will be taxed.

** The Personal Health Assessment and biometric information that you provide in Tier 1 are stored in a third-party data system maintained by Cerner Corporation and protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This information is not shared with Coventry, UM’s medical administrator. The data is de-identified and accumulated to provide collective information that assists the university in developing programs to address general health behaviors and prevalent health issues. Read our Notice of Privacy Practices for details.

*** Federal law requires the university to provide an alternative for any employee who has a health condition or disability that makes it unreasonably difficult (or medically inadvisable) to attempt to meet a standard in a wellness program. If you think you might be unable to meet a program standard due to your health status or disability, contact wellness@umsystem.edu to discuss how this applies and the alternatives available to you.