Wellness @ Case

2014 Wellness Program Incentives & Participation Criteria

Eligibility for the 2014 Wellness Program Incentive is contingent upon being a Wellness Participant*. Participation in one program will lead to a $100 financial incentive delivered via the monthly paycheck at the end of the 2014 calendar year. Wellness Participants must be employed by the university in December 2014 to receive the Wellness Program Incentive. Participation in any number of wellness programs is encouraged; the maximum financial reward available is $200 (for two different programs). All financial incentives paid will be taxable. All 2014 program participation needs to be completed by the end of Benelect Open Enrollment in 2014.

Completion of an attestation form is also necessary by the end of Benelect Open Enrollment. The attestation form can be found at www.case.edu/hcm, Main menu → Self Service→ Benefits→ Wellness Program Participation, within each of the four program tabs.

Each participant is advised to confer with their health care provider before beginning any wellness program and to obtain approval from their health care provider before participation. Wellness program participants waive liability against the university for any damage or injury they may incur as a result of their participation in this voluntary program.

*Wellness Participant is defined as a CWRU faculty or staff member with Benelect medical plan coverage in 2014 who met the participation requirements for the Health Risk Appraisal, Biometric Screening, and Tobacco Attestation Form.


Physical Activity Participation


Engage in regular physical activity over a minimum of three months (minimum of three moderate-intensity activity sessions, each lasting at least 30 minutes, per week). Activities may include: exercise sessions at fitness centers (e.g., the Get Fit for Life program at 1-2-1); yoga; Pilates; walking (track via the Case Western Reserve University walking club tracking site via the American Heart Association website – www.mywalkingclub.org); use of FitBit, Jawbone or other activity tracking device, etc.;  participating in a 5K, 10K or other race, bicycling to work, etc.

Rationale: The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of the two. In addition, moderate to high intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 or more days per week is recommended for additional health benefits.

Participants will need to attest and certify to participation in an on-site or off-site organized physical activity program or facility that maintains participation records available for review upon request; or a comparable program at home without supervision that has been documented with personal records available for review; or completion of a program that meets the Reasonable Alternative Standard as confirmed by written pre-approval of the CWRU Medical Director.

 

Weight Management & Nutrition Participation


Participation possibilities include: attending an on-site Weight Watchers program (11 out of 12 meetings), participating in an off-site weight management program (and attend 85% of sessions), and/or working with your health care provider on a documented nutrition and/or weight management program (e.g., 1-2-1 dietician consult program).

Rationale:  Attaining and/or maintaining appropriate weight is suggested for general health and well-being. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends assessing weight and health risks (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/risk.htm#limitations). Appropriate weight for height may be determined by using an online BMI calculator (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm). Use of websites such as the USDA Dietary Guidelines for America – www.cnpp.usda.gov/DGAs2010-PolicyDocument.htm, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s guidelines on Lowering your Blood Pressure with the DASH diet may also be helpful – www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/index.htm. The Supertracker site (at www.choosemyplate.gov/supertracker - tools/supertracker.html) is helpful to document food intake and weight management.

Participants will need to attest and certify to participation in an on-site or off-site organized weight management and/or nutrition program activity that maintains participation records available for review upon request; or participation in a comparable program with a health care provider and with personal records documenting participation available for review; or  completion of a program that meets the Reasonable Alternative Standard as confirmed by written pre-approval of the CWRU Medical Director.

 

Stress Management Participation


Participating in an on-site stress management session (attending 7 out of 8 meetings), participating in an off-site stress management or relaxation session (multiple meeting requirement, attending at least 85% of sessions) is necessary to be eligible for the incentive in this category.

Rationale:  Stress is experienced by many people on a daily basis.  The American Psychological Association and the National Institute of Mental Health describe numerous effects of stress on health, including physical health issues such as cardiovascular disease.  While all stress is not bad, chronic stress may affect overall health negatively. Learning how to manage the stressors that one experiences is important for good health.

Participants will need to attest and certify to participation in an on-site or off-site organized stress management program activity that maintains participation records available for review upon request;  or  completion of a stress management program that meets the Reasonable Alternative Standard as confirmed by written pre-approval of the CWRU Medical Director.

 

Tobacco Cessation Participation


Participating in an on-site tobacco cessation program (attending 7 out of 8 meetings) or participating in an off-site tobacco cessation program (multiple meeting requirement, attending at least 85% of sessions) is necessary to be eligible for the incentive in this category. Non-tobacco users are not eligible for this incentive.  Only people attending 7 out of 8 cessation sessions in 2014 will be eligible for this incentive.

Rationale: The U. S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe numerous negative effects associated with the use of tobacco (e.g., coronary heart disease, stroke and various cancers).

Participants will need to attest and certify to participation in an on-site or off-site organized tobacco cessation program activity that maintains participation records available for review upon request;  or  completion of a program that meets the Reasonable Alternative Standard as confirmed by written pre-approval of the CWRU Medical Director.

 

Notice of Reasonable Alternative Standard: If a medical condition makes it unreasonably difficult for you to achieve the standards for the incentive under this program, or if it is medically inadvisable as determined by your physician or health care provider for you to attempt to achieve the standards for the incentive under this program, contact wellness@case.edu to request a reasonable alternative standard, and we will work with you to provide another way to qualify for the incentive.  Recommendations of your physician or health care provider will be considered and accommodated in developing an alternative standard that is reasonable in light of your health status.