About the Incentive Programs

The Wellness Premium Incentive is a $25 monthly payment awarded to medical plan participants who complete two wellness activities. Staff who receive paychecks twice a month will receive $12.50 in each paycheck.  The wellness activities are the Biometric Screening, Health Risk Assessment and Tobacco Attestation Form. The incentive encourages people to learn about their health and to identify steps to improve well-being. In addition, those activities help the university evaluate health and wellness needs of faculty and staff. Recipients of the Wellness Premium Incentive are considered “Wellness Participants.”
Please Note: Wellness earnings are taxable.

The Wellness Program Incentive is a $100 (for one program) or $200 (for two programs) payment available to Wellness Participants throughout the year, in addition to the $25 monthly Wellness Premium Incentive. Those Wellness Participants who meet participation guidelines for one or two of six areas during the current calendar year (e.g., physical activity, weight management or nutrition, stress management, community, financial well-being and tobacco cessation) are able to attest and certify online that they are eligible to receive a $100 or $200 incentive in their paycheck at the end of the calendar year  by going to PeopleSoft HCM and navigating to Main Menu > Self Service > Benefits > Wellness Program Participation.
Please Note: Wellness earnings are taxable.

Each year by Nov. 30, you must complete the relevant program incentive form by going to PeopleSoft HCM and navigating to Main Menu > Self Service > Benefits > Wellness Program Participation. Complete the forms that represent the healthy behaviors you have participated in to attest that you are eligible to receive the incentive(s).  Read each form, check the applicable response box and make sure you click the “save” button at the bottom to complete the form.

Each fall, all benefits-eligible faculty and staff can complete the Biometric Screening processes and Health Risk Assessment to learn more about their health. However, only faculty and staff covered by a university medical plan AND who complete all three wellness activities will receive incentives.

The university offers wellness activities to encourage healthy behaviors. Over time, changes in behavior should improve health and lower use of health care resources. That can mean significant savings for a self-insured university because fewer health care expenses should be incurred over time. Any resulting decrease in health care expenses is a benefit for the university and to the individual in lowering expenses associated with the medical benefit plan. Other faculty and staff not covered by the Benelect program likely have similar programs available to them through their benefits plans. 

The university receives an aggregated, de-identified summary report of Biometric Screening and Health Risk Assessment data.  This information serves a dual purpose: It helps the university better understand the current health and well-being of participating faculty and staff, and it serves an evaluative purpose annually so the university can determine changes in health status over time.

The university will not have access to individual results from the Biometric screenings and Health Risk Assessments (HRAs). The university will only receive de-identified, aggregated data regarding the participant population.

The university will only receive de-identified, aggregated data from Quest Diagnostics for the Biometric Screenings completed and from StayWell for the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) data.