Health & Wellness

Read the latest Health & Wellness News

July/August 2016

The Center for Health has just released its first quarterly well-being newsletter that includes two bulletins that you can print and share with congregations or other groups. It provides wellness information based on the five dimensions of well-being—and the influence each dimension has on the others and overall well-being.

January 2016 

September 2015 

The Board of Pensions cares about our clergy and their family’s health and well-being. We are excited to announce some enhancements to our already established program. 

  • 2015 Iowa Conference Wellness Program
  • Wellness Reward! 

    1) A visit to your doctor = $250    A doctor visit for either an annual physical or management of a health condition will qualify—documentation from Wellmark through claims data. 

    2) Participation in Virgin Pulse Healthmiles pedometer program = $250     Be active in the Virgin Pulse Healthmiles pedometer program by up-loading your steps at least monthly for 5 months. (documentation by data from Virgin Pulse) To enroll go to

August 2015

The health tools on myWellmark can help you become a healthier you.

•     Wellness assessment
•    Latest health, fitness and nutritional information
•    Researchable health topics
•    Check out medical symptoms
•    Health trackers
•    Engage with online health coaching


Virgin Pulse Healthmiles

Virgin Pulse Healthmiles is a web-based pedometer program that tracks progress towards health goals and rewards.  Eligible persons include all clergy enrolled in the Pension plan & their spouses (retirees, too!)

Daily over-all steps count towards “healthmiles” points.  When quarterly individualized goals are met, a $25 reward is given.   You can receive it through gift cards or as cash into your personal checking account.  Improve your health & get cash! Fitbit is also compatible with Virgin Pulse as long as your are signed up with Virgin Pulse.


 Center for Health

General Board of Pension and Health Benefits Center for Health promotes vitality in mission and ministry by improving the health and well-being of UMC clergy, lay workers and their families.




Resources and Tools for Living Well

Physical Health

Adequate functioning of body systems without pain or discomfort. Resources for healthy eating, body movement, and management of long-term physical conditions.

Social Health

Intentionally building and maintaining a supportive network of relationships within families and communities, including appropriate boundaries in work relationships. Resources include tools for use in supportive networks.

Emotional Health

The ability to feel the full range of emotions and cope constructively with those emotions. Resources for stress and emotional disorders.

Spiritual Health

Connecting your innermost core with God, giving you meaning, purpose and a sense of unity with both God and humankind. Resources and tools for spiritual disciplines, opportunities for retreats and spiritual centers.

Financial Health

Financial resources have an impact upon the other dimensions of our health-fullness particularly with over-whelming debt, lack of knowledge and/or mismanagement. Resources include tools sensible and practical management of financial resources.

Intellectual Health

The use of the mind for remembering, organizing, understanding, problem solving and for imagining. Resources include support for memory disorders.

Wellness Opportunities through the Iowa Annual Conference include:

  • Activities
  • Health Screening
  • FitWalk
  • Office of Pastoral Care & Counseling


"Self care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I was put on earth to offer others. Any time we can listen to true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch." 

-Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

For more information, contact:









Kae Tritle, RN BSN  






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The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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