Earn points, stay fit in 2017

Ben Craig
April 13, 2017

The Office of Human Resources is offering more ways than ever to get active and improve your health and fitness for the years to come. All full- and part-time faculty and staff enrolled in one of DePaul's medical plans are eligible to receive $300 by earning wellness 100 points between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2017.  

A study conducted in 2015 by the Economist and Humana found employees believe it's hard to make the time for a wellness program. However, those who participated in programs often noticed improvements in their health, fitness and engagement. DePaul's Healthy Vin-cent$ Campaign is a great way to improve personal health and financial fitness.

A few Ways to earn points toward the Healthy Vin-cent$ Wellness Program

Easy points

5 - Go to myinteractivehealth.com and put in your DePaul ID

5 - Complete the online health assessment

Be proactive and preventative

10 - Attend a one-on-one financial counseling session

20 - Complete an annual physical with your doctor

15 - Get an oral exam and teeth cleaning

20 - Get a biometric screening at the St. Vincent's Health Fair, through your doctor or at a screening facility

10 - Get a flu shot

5 - Be tobacco free

Get moving

10 - Complete a race or a sporting event

30 - Complete team challenges - Water Works: Nutrition Challenge, On Your Mark: Walking Challenge, Fruit & Vegetable: Nutrition Challenge

10 - Log 7,500 steps per day to earn one point

Learn more about your health

30 - Participate in online workshops

10 - Maintain, Don't Gain Challenge

"Preventative care through annual screenings is the most assured way to identify and treat early signs of disease," explains Elizabeth Florez, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. "Too often people report that they feel fine so they don't see a primary care provider until they become symptomatic, which puts them at risk for developing chronic diseases that can be preventable."

We don't always think about financial factors contributing to health, but financial wellness also is an important aspect of our overall well-being. New for 2017, you can earn Healthy Vin-cent$ wellness points by attending one of these individual sessions. At DePaul's 403(b) planning sessions you can discuss financial goals, assess your current financial situation and learn about investment options.  

"I am thrilled participants can earn points by attending a DePaul 403(b) financial planning session," says Erin Archer, director of investments for DePaul. "It's a great idea to check in every year."

Time will always be a factor with wellness programs, but HR works to make these wellness benefits as easy and accessible as possible. Just like the power of compound interest over time, a little knowledge today could have a profound effect on your life down the road. Plus, participating in health screenings and financial sessions accumulates wellness points.

Visit myinteractivehealth.com to review your personal health action plan. The Interactive Health portal has recently been enhanced and more improvements are on the way.  View the complete list of Healthy Vin-cent$ activities and earn valuable points.

Beyond the Wellness Program - The Ray, Loop Fitness Center and BCBS Fitness Program

Great fitness options are available for DePaul employees at both the Lincoln Park and Loop Campuses.  The Ray in Lincoln Park offers affordable membership prices for qualified faculty and staff. The recently expanded Fitness Center in the Loop is free for students, faculty and staff. The Loop fitness center offers group classes twice a week for $45, or $80 for unlimited. 

If you want to go off-campus, qualified DePaul employees can participate in the BCBS Fitness Program.  It provides a flexible membership with no long-term contract required. Enroll for a one-time fee of $25 and $25 per member per month. Enjoy unlimited access to a nationwide network of more than 8,000 participating fitness centers. Online enrollment and automatic payments are easy and convenient.

Has the Healthy Vin-cent$ wellness program helped you meet your personal health goals? HR would like to hear from you! Please send your testimonials to [email protected].