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2017 Wellness Incentive

What does your wellness mean to you? Don't miss out on the 2017 Wellness Incentive! Earn $450* for educating and investing in your wellness.

Tier 1- Educate yourself

Earn $50* in your final May 2017 paycheck** when you complete Tier 1 between November 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017. Tier 1 includes two steps:

1. Complete a Personal Health Assessment (PHA) in the Wellness Portal.

2. View the new Healthy for Life video in myLearn.

Tier 2- Invest in yourself

If you successfully complete Tier 1, you can earn an additional $400* in your final October 2017 paycheck** by completing Tier 2 by September 30, 2017.

Earn 400 points by completing activities that will help you learn about healthy living, move toward your own wellness, and foster wellness in your community.

Both tiers start on November 1, 2016, but you must have completed Tier 1 by April 30, 2017 to be eligible for Tier 2 money**.


What's new this year?

A new step in Tier 1
You can complete Tier 1 in just two simple steps. Like last year, complete your Personal Health Assessment (PHA) in the Wellness Portal. Then, view the new Healthy for Life video in myLearn to get an overview of activities that can earn you points. There is no Wellness Pledge this year.

A revised payout structure
In 2017, you can earn $50* in your final May 2017 paycheck** when you complete Tier 1 by April 30, 2017. Those who complete Tier 1 will have the chance to earn an additional $400* in their final October 2017 paycheck** when they complete Tier 2 by September 30, 2017.

New ways to to empower yourself and appreciate others
In Tier 2, you'll find even more ways to get healthy as you explore the expanded set of activities that now include easy actions to empower yourself and appreciate others, like diversity and inclusion and community service opportunities. Download a full list of 2017 activities (PDF, 2.2MB) that can earn you points and help you define what wellness means to you.

Who can participate?

Any university faculty and staff member may participate in Wellness Incentive activities****, but only employees who meet the following conditions at the time of payout can earn incentive money (i.e., $50 in the last paycheck of May 2017 and $400 in the last paycheck of October 2017):

  • The employee's primary status is active.
  • The employee is at least .75 FTE and pays premiums for a University of Missouri System medical insurance plan (i.e., the employee is a primary subscriber).
  • To earn the Tier 2 payout, the employee must have completed Tier 1 by April 30, 2017.

How will my earnings be taxed?

Your 2017 Wellness Incentive earnings will be taxed and voluntary retirement contributions will be deducted, just like with other earnings.

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*Your 2017 Wellness Incentive earnings will be taxed and voluntary retirement contributions will be deducted, just like with other earnings.

**Any university faculty and staff member may participate in Wellness Incentive activities, but only employees who meet the following conditions at the time of payout can earn incentive money (i.e., $50 in the last paycheck of May 2017 and $400 in the last paycheck of October 2017):

  • The employee’s primary status is active.
  • The employee is at least .75 FTE and pays premiums for a University of Missouri System medical insurance plan (i.e., is a primary subscriber).
  • To earn Tier 2 payout, the employee must have completed Tier 1 by April 30, 2017.

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

****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.

Reviewed February 23, 2017.