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The IAC Wellness program provides resources and tools from a wholistic perspective to assist ministry personnel, conference employees, and their families in maintaining and improving their health. To assist with that goal; the IAC Wellness program utilizes tools from the Wellmark Wellness portal/Web MD, Wespath’s (General Board of Pension) Center for Health, and the Virgin Pulse Healthmiles activity program.
“Self Care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have—the 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 Palmer in Let Your Life Speak
Active clergy, Conference staff,and their spouses have access to the UMC Wellmark Wellness Center, powered by WebMD, even if you don’t participate in the Health plan. The Wellness Center is located on myWellmark.com. Below is a list of tools and resources that are available on the portal to help you with your health-fullness.
• Take a wellness assessment • Research health topics • Use health trackers and tools
• Check medical symptoms • Get the latest health, fitness and nutritional information
Clergy and Conference staff participating in the health plan will have $500 placed in their HSA or HRA by completing the following three Wellness activities:
The Virgin Pulse program also has a financial reward benefit. See Virgin Pulse Info sheet.
The Virgin pulse platform is compatible with Fitbit, Garmin and others. It also has a mobile app for both android and IOS that makes tracking easy to do on a daily basis.
There are 2 documentation time periods:
The reward for each activity is given only once during 2018-2019 and does not need to be done within the same time period.
The Wellness Program and the Board of Pensions also strongly urge you to make personal contributions to your HSA and use those funds in paying for your medical bills as much as possible.
Kae Tritle, RN Joni Mardesen Rev. Dave Peterson
Wellness Coordinator Director of Human Resources Chair, Board of Pensions
Virgin Pulse is a web-based activity program that helps you earn rewards for enhancing your fitness and overall wellness through the digital tracking of physical activities, health habits, steps, and learning activities. You can connect with friends and colleagues who are also participants of Virgin Pulse for support and competition.
Virgin Pulse is compatibile with and supports the following devices and apps:Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Jawbone, Nuya, Misfit, Moves, Polar, S health, Mi band,My FitnessPal and others. It has a mobile app for both IOS and android devices making it easy to track, synch and connect .
Each day synch your “Max” pedometer and enter tracking data to earn “Healthmile” points. As you accumulate “Healthmiles” you earn a cash reward based upon a level system. Go to http://join.virginpulse.com/wespath to join. Click here for a PDF of Virgin Pulse information and enrollment instructions.
Log into mywellmark.com to access WebMD, check on your claims, or find a doctor. Use the Wellness Center tools to 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
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.
Use the link above to access health and wellness information from Wespath including a quarterly well-being newsletter that provides wellness information based on the five dimensions of well-being: physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial. Included are 2 print-to share bulletin inserts as well as links to for other health resources.
Adequate functioning of body systems without pain or discomfort. Resources for healthy eating, body movement, and management of long-term physical conditions.
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.
The ability to feel the full range of emotions and cope constructively with those emotions. Resources for stress and emotional disorders.
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 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.
The use of the mind for remembering, organizing, understanding, problem solving and for imagining. Resources include support for memory disorders.
"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