Wellness Challenges

Challenge Updates

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Fitness Challenge Prize Winners

Congratulations to the 6th annual Spring Fitness Challenge prize winners! Enjoy your prizes! Tudy Moncure – Fit Bit Flex Rolf Piranian – Fit Bit Flex Lesley Pelka – yoga mat Jessica Miller – yoga mat Helen MacDermott – wireless headphones Allan Somerville-Brown – wireless headphones Anita Davis – Tervis Tumbler Louis Grandberry – Tervis Tumbler Megan Axelrod – Fit Bit Charge Joe Magoline – University Store workout clothes Sarah Knenlein – University Store workout clothes

Monday, April 11, 2016

Color Your Plate Challenge

Chow down! Are you ready for an eating challenge that is actually good for you? Sign up for our Color Your Plate program today! The USDA recommends that the average person eat 2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables per day! Are you getting enough? Register for the Color Your Plate fruit and vegetable challenge today and get:     Tips for getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet     Healthy and delicious recipes     A tracking log to monitor your daily fruit and veggie intake Program Details: The program will begin on April 18th and end on May 13th (4 weeks) Earn 25 Wellness Points for tracking fruits and vegetables daily  Getting Started: Registration for the program will begin on April 1st. Interest participants can register for the program up until April 22nd. To register:     Log into your Wellness account at bebetterhealth.net.     Click on the "My Programs" tab.     Click the "Learn More" button for additional information and FAQs.     Click the "Register" button and complete the short registration information.     After registration, the "Register" button will become a "Leaderboard" button, which you can use to access the program once the program begins. Completing the Program: Use the nutrition tracker to log how many fruits and vegetables you eat. You must track 3 cups of fruits and vegetables daily (84 cups total) to earn 25 Wellness Points.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Join Us in the Stress Down Program

Join Us in the Stress Down Program!   Does your busy life keep you frazzled and tense?  We have a great program for you!  Normal daily living causes stress, but there are effective ways to bring stress down.  This 6-week program rewards you for trying new stress-busting techniques.  Learn to manage stress, so it doesn't manage you! Program Details:                                                 The challenge will begin on Monday, March 7th and end on Friday, April 15th. Each participant will participate as an individual. You will earn wellness points during this 6-week program if you go for a walk at least 4 days each week, and log your walking minutes in the 'My Trackers' section on your wellness portal. Each week, you will also need to read an article and try the stress-busting technique. Getting Started:                                                You can register for this challenge from Monday, February 22nd to Friday, March 11th!  To register: Log into your account at www.bebetterhealth.net. Click on the "My Programs" tab. Click on the “Register” button next to the Stress Down Program and submit registration. For additional information on the challenge, click on the “Learn More” button Tracking Weekly Walking Activity: Take a short walk at least four times a week. You will use the physical activity tracker in the "My Trackers" section of the beBetter Health site to log your physical activity every week from March 7th to April 15th. Earning Points: To get credit for completing the 6-week program, you must self-attest on the wellness portal that you have  completed all of the program requirements by April 22nd. This includes walking on at least 24 days of the program.  In addition to tracking your walking for each week, go to the My Rewards page and click "Log This" for the Stress Down program.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The 2016 Spring Fitness Challenge is here!

Spring into Fitness with Live Well! Warm up for spring during the Fitness Center’s 6th Annual Spring Fitness Challenge. This 5-week challenge will be offered by the W&L Fitness Center. You can earn points for your workout. Program Details: The program will begin on 03/06/2016 and end on 04/08/2016. Earn 25 Wellness Points upon program completion. Getting Started: Registration for the program will begin on 02/29/2016. Register at the Fitness Center or by emailing Patti Colliton at collitonp@wlu.edu. There is no need to register on the Evolve Wellness website. You must register by 3/13/2016 to be eligible for 25 Spring Fitness Challenge points. After this date you are still able to earn tickets for raffle prizes offered by the Fitness Center. How to Earn: Once you register at the Fitness Center they will give you a form to track your physical activity. Earn raffle tickets by completing the following: Cardio/Aerobic/Strength Training for 20-40 minutes, will earn you 1 raffle ticket. Cardio/Aerobic/Strength Training for 41 minutes or more, will earn you 2 raffle tickets. Flexibility/Yoga for 5-10 minutes, will earn you 1 raffle ticket. Core/Abdominal work with a minimum of 4 exercises for 5-10 minutes, will earn you 1 raffle ticket. You may earn a maximum of 5 raffle tickets per day for a chance to win fun prizes offered by the W&L Fitness Center. You can do the workouts at any gym or on your own. Completing the Program: Return your tracking log to the Fitness Center by 2:00pm on Friday, April 8th. You will earn 25 wellness points for this challenge if you earn at least 4 raffle tickets per week of the challenge. Questions: If you have questions, please contact: collitonp@wlu.edu We hope you join us on this great opportunity to kick-start your fitness!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program Offered to Community Members

The Stanford University Chronic Pain Self-Management Program will be offered on Mondays, at the Rockbridge Area Health Center beginning on March 7th. The six-week class is free and eligible participants can earn 50 wellness points for participating. The class time is from 1:30pm-4:00pm. Call the Rockbridge Area Health Center (540-464-8700) to register. Employees are offered one hour of work time towards their time in the class each week. Please contact Anne Remington (aremington@wlu.edu, x8355) with questions. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom are peers with chronic pain themselves. Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion books, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition, and a Chronic Pain Workbook. Subjects covered include: Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance Appropriate use of medications Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals Nutrition Pacing activity and rest How to evaluate new treatments It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants' confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. More information on the workshop can be found on the Stanford Medicine Patient Education website.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Earn Wellness Points for Increasing Your Retirement Contribution

America Saves Week inspired the Live Well W&L team to offer 10 wellness points to employees who increase their retirement contribution by 1% or more between now and February 29th. If you already reach your annual maximum retirement contribution, you are automatically eligible to earn participation credit. If you are eligible for University matching and not currently contributing 5% to your retirement plan, you are throwing away free money. The University matches dollar for dollar every percent you contribute, up to 5%. And that money is yours – even if you leave the University before you retire. To find out how an increase in contributions will affect your take-home pay, contact Kim Austin at x8921. If you are already contributing 5% or more, consider increasing your contribution each year. Remember – the earlier you start, the more time your money has to grow. Additional Info: • The IRS limits the amounts an individual can contribute to his/her retirement account on a tax-deferred basis. Use this chart to determine your maximum: $18,000 if less than 15 years' service and under age 50 $24,000 if less than 15 years' service and age 50 or older • If you've been employed by W&L for over 15 years, the maximum you can contribute is personalized and is based on age, length of service with W&L and past contributions to your retirement plan. You may have already (or will soon) receive an email from Kim Austin or Suzannah Vess letting you know your personalized maximum. • If you'd like to increase your contribution, you can complete and return the Participation Authorization and Salary Reduction Agreement form. New forms replace old so you'll want to indicate something higher than your current contribution on the form. • The TIAA-CREF and Fidelity representatives are available on campus each month to review your asset allocation, contributions and help you determine if you are on track to meet your retirement goal. We advise a meeting with them at least annually. Their visits are announced in the weekly employee e-newsletter, Campus Connection, and their schedule is on our website at http://www.wlu.edu/human-resources/programs-and-events.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Join us in The moveMore Challenge!

Ready to jumpstart your physical activity?  Washington and Lee University is excited to kick off the moveMore Challenge! During this 4-week challenge, you can earn points for getting more active by walking, running, biking or any physical activity that makes you moveMore! Program Details:                                                 The challenge begins on Monday, February 1st and ends Monday, February 29th. Each individual will participate as team. Teams can have minimum of two members and maximum of 4 members. You will earn 25 wellness points if your team tracks 45 hours of physical activity during the 4 weeks. Getting Started:                                                To register: Log into your account at www.bebetterhealth.net. Click on the "My Programs" tab. Click on the "Register" button next to the moveMore challenge and follow the onscreen instructions. For additional information on the challenge, click on the "Learn More" button.   Tracking Weekly Physical Activity: You will use the Physical Activity Tracker in the "My Trackers" section of the beBetter Health site to log your daily physical activity from Monday, February 1st to Monday, February 29th.  Any exercise counts—even walking at work!   Check the moveMore Challenge's Leaderboard to see your progress and how you rank!   Earning Points: If your teams tracks a total of 45 hours of physical activity during the 4 week challenge, you will each receive 25 wellness points! We hope you join us in this great opportunity to jumpstart your physical activity!  

Monday, December 21, 2015

Rest…Hydrate…Fuel Healthy Habits Challenge

Everyone knows the importance of sleep, water consumption and breakfast. Most of us would also agree that we feel better after a good night’s sleep, or have more energy after eating a healthy breakfast. But with the day-to-day demands of work and family, it’s easy to shortchange ourselves out of a full night’s sleep, starting off with a healthy breakfast, or drinking enough water. In this 4-week challenge, you'll be asked to examine your current habits during week 1, and then try to improve on them over the following 3 weeks. Challenge Details:                                                The challenge begins Monday, January 4th and ends Saturday, January 30th. You will earn 25 wellness points by recording your sleep, water, and breakfast habits in the challenge's Tracking Log. The Tracking Log can be printed from the wellness website or you can pick one up from Human Resources. To earn credit for completing the challenge, self-attest that you completed all of the requirements before the end of Week 4. To do so, go to the "My Rewards" page and click "Log This" to earn the 25 points for completing the Rest… Hydrate… Fuel Healthy Habits Challenge.